This episode of Electric Poetry, which aired on 10/9/2018, features Tim Hawkins. About the poet: Tim Hawkins has lived and traveled widely throughout North America, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America, where he has worked as a journalist, technical writer, communications manager and teacher in international schools. His career also has taken some interesting detours into such posts as salmon cannery slime table worker, stevedore, nose-hair clipper model and cram school teacher. After spending much of the '90's and '00's abroad, he currently lives in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. His writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications (see Bibliography and Selected Poems Tabs). He has been nominated for Best of the Net (2018), for a Pushcart Prize (2011, 2017) and was chosen to serve as preliminary judge for the 47th Annual Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition (2015), judged by Mark Doty. His poetry collection, Wanderings at Deadline, was published in 2012 by Aldrich Press.
This episode of Electric Poetry, which aired on 10/2/18, features poems from Sibling Rivalry Press authors, including Sarah Browning, Stephen S. Mills, Annah Anti-Palindrome, Casey Rocheteau, Michael Klein, and Nickole Brown, as well as poetry and conversation from Bryan Borland!!!
This episode of Electric Poetry, which aired on 9/25/18, features a wisdom-heavy interview and three fantastic, life-affirming poems from Alex Beecroft, aka Thought. <3
This episode of Electric Poetry, which aired on 9/18/18, features poems and an interview with Grand Rapids poet and artist Kyd Kane. ❤ We talk about her ArtPrize entry and how words are a power we often take for granted. About the poet: Ericka “Kyd Kane” Thompson is a writer, spoken word poet and performance activist native to Grand Rapids, MI. Kyd Kane uses her poetry to highlight issues plaguing our community and provides positive options for overcoming them. Understanding that the systems behind our struggles are deep-rooted, Kyd speaks about using the power of self-acceptance and positive thoughts to bring about change within. In 2017, Kyd Kane became the first poet to be named as a finalist in ArtPrize with her very first entry "broke(n)hunger". Currently she can be found spreading her passion for performance art at events locally, throughout the country and at the bi-weekly open mic series, Creston Vibes: Open Sessions, that she co-hosts at Creston Brewery in Grand Rapids, MI.
This episode of Electric Poetry, which aired on 9/11/18, features poetry and an interview with Linda Nemec Foster! We talk about Michigan heritage, mermaids, and how poetry has a way of calling out to all of us.
On this episode of Electric Poetry, which aired on 9/4/18, enjoy poems from and an interview with L. C. Cooper Jr.! We talk about race, society, and even dating. :) About the poet: L. C. Cooper Jr. is a 26 year old African American male that uses the power of his voice to share his ideas of freedom peace and justice with the world. Being born and raised in Benton Harbor MI exposed him to many of life’s challenges at an earlier age than most. After experiencing terror in the form of racism during elementary school and having no one to turn to for healthy coping mechanisms, L. C. set out to use music, writing and other creative outlets to share his thoughts, opinions and ideas. His goal is to become a valuable resource for anyone who is being terrorized or victimized in any way shape or form.
This episode of Electric Poetry, which aired on 8/28/18, features poetry from and an interview with Bob Walicki! We talk about his journey writing poetry, how the premature death of his father influenced his work, and his (third book, first full-length) in-progress collection. About the poet: Robert Walicki's work has appeared in a number of publications including The City Paper, Fourth River, Signal Mountain Review, Red River Review, and others. A Pushcart and a Best of The Net nominee, Robert currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press), and his next collection, Black Angels is forthcoming from Six Gallery Press.
This episode of Electric Poetry, which aired on 8/21/18, features three poems and an interview with Kyler Wescott Krieg! We talk about loss, inspiration, and always being prepared for when a poem "hits"! About the poet: Kyler Wescott Krieg, born in 1986, grew up in Lowell, MI. He traveled a bit of the world for ten years and just moved back to Grand Rapids to be near his roots. He’s written poetry since the age of 14 and had his first book “Differences Diffused” published in 2015. The theme beneath the words surrounds perspective and encourages the acceptance of the beauty of difference. Kyler continues to write when inspired and even when he’s not. He looks forward to adding to his collection of poetic pieces and finds a depth of satisfaction knowing that any of what he’s written reaches the hearts of his readers.
This episode of Electric Poetry, which aired on July 10, 2018, features an interview with Miriam Bat-Ami, along with two poems from her recently published collection, "Measuring the Marigolds." About the poet: As a professor in the WMU English department, Miriam Bat-Ami wrote and published one picture book, two middle grade novels, and a young adult novel. The latter, TWO SUNS IN THE SKY, won the prestigious Scott O’Dell award for historical fiction. She also published articles in multicultural literature and oral verse. Now a retired professor, she has returned to her first love: poetry. "Measuring the Marigolds" is her first volume of poetry published this spring by Caffeinated Press. Its locus is Michigan, and the poems move from local rural living to childhood memories to the feelings one has when children leave home.