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Marilyn McCabe, Elaine Handley and Mary Sanders Shartle  (Laura Von Rosk)
Marilyn McCabe, Elaine Handley and Mary Sanders Shartle (Laura Von Rosk)

Poetry that celebrates life in the North Country

Three Saratoga area women won their third award this year from the Adirondack Center for Writing for a book of poetry. They'll share their thoughts and words tonight (7:00pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Elaine Handley, Marilyn McCabe and Mary Sanders Shartle began working together at the Saratoga Springs Public Library coffee shop in the late 90's, and realized that even in sharing common themes their three voices were very different yet compatible.

In a phone conversation with Todd Moe, they each shared a poem from their latest chapbook, Tear of the Clouds. Elaine Handley says the idea of writing poems about life in the North Country was a logical next step for all three poets.  Go to full article

Books: "A Drop of Ink"

Our webmaster Dale Hobson is also a poet. Betsy Kepes spoke with him about his new book of poetry, A Drop of Ink. The book includes four illustrations reproduced from original wood engravings by Clayton artist Greg Lago.  Go to full article
William Fox
William Fox

Using verse to connect Laurentians

April is National Poetry Month. We asked St. Lawrence University President William Fox to share some of his favorite poems. President Fox often begins his talks with alumni groups with a poem. He shared his thoughts about poetry and reading poems out loud with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Patricia Smith

Our guest is poet Patrica Smith. Her poetry collection, Blood Dazzler, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award; Teahouse of the Almighty was a National Poetry Series selection and winner of the first-ever Hurst-Wright Award in Poetry. Smith has been a featured performer on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and she has performed three one-woman plays.  Go to full article
Ian Farthing decked out in tails for Valentine's Day
Ian Farthing decked out in tails for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day checklist: How about a Sonnet-Gram?

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's artistic director will play cupid on Valentine's Day, delivering Shakespeare Sonnet-Grams in Prescott and Brockville, Ontario. Ian Farthing spoke with Todd Moe and shared some of his favorite love poems. For a $25 donation, Ian says he'll deliver the Sonnet-Gram dressed in white tie and tails on Monday. Call the Festival's Valentine Hotline: 613-246-4301.  Go to full article

SLU students share their love of poetry

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the St. Lawrence University Brewer Bookstore held it's annual Poetry Slam this week. We invited three members of the SLU community to share their winning poems and a surreal, community "Mad-Lib". SLU seniors Mwelwa Bwalya and Gavin Bennett, along with the bookstore's Paul Haggett, joined Todd Moe in the studio for a mini poetry slam.  Go to full article

Preview: a tribute to the 20th century in song, dance and art

Songs, poetry and stories that depict pivotal events of the past century are part of An American Journey being presented Saturday night (7:30) in Potsdam. Women's Suffrage, the Great Depression, the civil rights era and the AIDS crisis are included in an evening of musical theater in Clarkson's Snell Auditorium in downtown Potsdam. Admission is free. The show is a nostalgic look at the struggles, tragedies and triumphs in 20th century America. Todd Moe talks with three cast members, Angela Conzone, Sarah Hope and Bernie Mulvaney about their artistic journey through the last century.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Christian Bok

Our guest was poet Christian Bok, author of Crystallography and Eunoia. Bok explores the structure and science of language in his work. The first of these titles was originally published in the mid-90s and recently re-released after years of being unavailable. The second came out in 1992 and won the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. Chris Robinson and Theo Hummer host. The author will give a reading on Thursday, March 18 at 8 pm in Sykes Common Room on the St. Lawrence University campus in Canton.  Go to full article

Poetry, images and music celebrate the Adirondacks

A poem by Adirondack resident Miriam Kashiwa inspired photographer Carl Heilman and musician Dan Berggren to collaborate on a multi-media production that premieres in North Creek on Sunday night. "I am the Adirondacks" uses spoken words, images and music to celebrate the region's beauty. The event is a benefit for musician Dan Duggan, who's battling cancer. Todd Moe spoke with Carl Heilman and Dan Berggren about the production. Heilmann says it began with Miriam Kashiwa's poem.  Go to full article

from Platero y yo, performed by Lynn McGrath, excerpt 2

North Country classical guitarist Lynn McGrath shares music written by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco to accompany sections of Platero y yo, a popular work by Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jimenez. McGrath also provides her own translations of the poetry.  Go to full article

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