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from Platero y yo, performed by Lynn McGrath, excerpt 1

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

SLU Writers Series: Cathy Park Hong

Cathy Park Hong is the author of two poetry collections, Translating Mo'um and Dance Dance Revolution, which was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by WW Norton. Hong is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Village Voice Fellowship for Minority Reporters. Her poems have been published in American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Verse, Poetry, Paris Review, and Public Space, and she has reported for the Village Voice, The Guardian, and Salon. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Her reading is supported by the Sandra P. Nelson Memorial Poetry Fund. Hong reads from recent collections and talks about her work as part of the this year's Writers Series at St. Lawrence University in Canton NY.  Go to full article
Max Coots and one of his sculptures at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam.
Max Coots and one of his sculptures at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam.

Remembering Max Coots

Canton's longtime Unitarian-Universalist Minister, the Rev. Max Coot, died late Tuesday at his home. He was 81. Max Coots was minister of the Canton church from 1958 to 1992. After retiring, he had a sort of second career - as a sculptor of mostly clay figures he described as "often sublime, and sometimes ridiculous." Gargoyles , animals both real and imaginary, people. Todd Moe visited Coots at his studio out side Canton just last month. You can find his profile at our website. But before the sculptures, there were the sermons, and the meditative poetry that grew out of them. The sermons are collected in the book, Leaning Against the Wind. There are two collections of Max Coots' poetry, Seasons of the Self and View From a Tree. For an Open Studio broadcast two years ago, Max Coots talked with Dale Hobson about how poetry came into his life. They opened with Coots's reading of the poem "Prayer."
TAG: Max Coots, talking with Dale Hobson in 2007.  Go to full article

Book review: "Winter with Crows"

In winter, northern peoples gathered around a fire to exchange stories and experiences. Mohawk poet, Peter Blue Cloud, shares his voice on paper, in a new collection of poems, Winter with Crows. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article
That which is haggis. Source: Wikipedia
That which is haggis. Source: Wikipedia

Scots celebrate a poet's life with food and music

Robert Burns was born in Scotland in 1759, and is widely celebrated as that country's greatest poet. Countless Burns Suppers are held around the globe, on or near his birthday on January 25. There's extra enthusiasm this year, which marks the 250th anniversary of his birth. The evenings typically feature bagpipes, songs and poems by Scotland's bard, and good scotch whiskey--along with something called haggis: sheep liver and lungs mixed with oatmeal, onions and spices, steamed together in a sheep's stomach. Lucy Martin sampled all but the whiskey at a senior's "Burns Lunch" in North Gower last week.  Go to full article
Kathy Recchia as Emily Dickinson
Kathy Recchia as Emily Dickinson

Preview: "The Belle of Amherst" in Elizabethtown

A one-woman play this weekend in the Adirondacks celebrates poet Emily Dickinson. A recluse for much of her life, in The Belle of Amherst, Dickinson emerges as charming and vivacious, with a passion for words and poetry. The play opens Friday night (6:30) and continues Saturday and Sunday night at the historic Old Mill Art Studio in Elizabethtown. It's a benefit production for the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks. Todd Moe has this preview.  Go to full article

Giving Voice: Chase Twichell

Poet Chase Twichell is the founder of Ausable Press and author of six collections of poetry. The most recent is Dog Language, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2005. Dale Hobson talked with the author on a broadcast of Open Studio before a live audience in Keene Valley, NY. They discuss poetry of place, and the author reads her poem "The Paper River."  Go to full article
From top left: Roger Bonair-Agard, Rachel McKibbens & Patricia Smith
From top left: Roger Bonair-Agard, Rachel McKibbens & Patricia Smith

Poetry that blurs boundaries

Some of the top performance poets in the country will be at Bluseed Studios in Saranac Lake tonight. Nationally acclaimed poets Roger Bonair-Agard, Rachel McKibbens and Patricia Smith will take the stage to share their favorite poems out loud. These slam poetry champs push and blur boundaries between music, art, theater and literature. Tonight's free event (8 pm) is sponsored by the Adirondack Center for Writing. Todd Moe spoke with poet Roger Bonair-Agard.  Go to full article

Giving Voice: Michael Czarnecki

Michael Czarnecki is a rare animal--a poet who makes a full-time living through his art. From his home base in the Finger Lakes, he spends many days each year on the road, reading his work and conducting workshops. His company, Foothills Publishing, has brought forward the work of countless other poets in more than twenty years of collections and anthologies. He will be in the North Country next week, holding workshops and readings in Canton and Tupper Lake. Dale Hobson talked with him by phone to see how he does it all.

Michael Czarnecki will be at the Canton Free Library on Tuesday, April 29. As part of the Brown Bag Luncheon series, he will conduct a Palm of the Hand Memoir Writing Workshop at noon, followed at 7 pm by a reading of his Travel Works poetry and non fiction. On Wednesday at 7 pm, he will be at the Goff-Nelson Library in Tupper Lake for a reading of his travel writing, followed the next day at 7 pm by a Palm of the Hand workshop.  Go to full article
Poet and publisher Michael Czarnecki
Poet and publisher Michael Czarnecki

Giving Voice: Michael Czarnecki

Michael Czarnecki is a rare animal--a poet who makes a full-time living through his art. From his home base in the Finger Lakes, he spends many days each year on the road, reading his work and conducting workshops. His company, Foothills Publishing, has brought forward the work of countless other poets in more than twenty years of collections and anthologies. He will be in the North Country next week, holding workshops and readings in Canton and Tupper Lake. Dale Hobson talked with him by phone to see how he does it all.

Michael Czarnecki will be at the Canton Free Library on Tuesday. As part of the Brown Bag Luncheon series, he will conduct a Palm of the Hand Memoir Writing Workshop at noon, followed at 7 pm by a reading of his Travel Works poetry and non fiction. On Wednesday at 7 pm, he will be at the Goff-Nelson Library in Tupper Lake for a reading of his travel writing, followed the next day at 7 pm by a Palm of the Hand workshop.  Go to full article

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