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"Poem on the Anniversary of my Mother's Death," by John Whalen

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John Whalen was born in Michigan and grew up in Tennessee. He's lived in Spokane since 1992. His first book of poetry, Caliban, was published by Lost Horse Press. He has also put out three chapbooks, including Above the Pear Trees, which won the 2014 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award.  

Whalen's poems have appeared in EPOCH, VQR, The Gettysburg Review, and CutBank and is upcoming in Terrain, Rock and Sling, and the Catamaran Literary Reader.  

Verne Windham got his start at Spokane Public Radio 20 years ago. “I came in to complain and they hired me.” He’s now the Program Director, as well as the host of Morning Classical and Concert of the Week. When choosing music for Morning Classical, Verne likes to keep the agenda as broadly defined as possible. For Concert of the Week, he focuses on the best of recent local performances, mostly classical in nature. For many years, Verne was also the conductor of the Spokane Youth Orchestra. He enjoys gardening, his vintage car and playing French horn.
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