Poetry Moment

KPBX: Monday-Friday 9am

With a wealth of poets in the region, Spokane Public Radio is excited to present Poetry Moment. This program features a week of poetry curated and read by a local poet. Some pieces will be their own and some pieces will be from poets they admire or find particularly poignant or relevant for the time of airing. 

Interested in reading for the Poetry Moment? Take a look at our guidelines and email Verne at vwindham@kpbx.org.

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Jane Fritz has lived in Sandpoint, Idaho, for 40 years and is a published writer, poet, independent radio producer and author of Legendary Lake Pend Oreille (Keokee Books, 2018, 2010). She is also the media director of The Idaho Mythweaver, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that has worked with the Plateau tribes of the region. For many years, she was a community producer of feature stories and documentaries for KPBX, as well as for national programs like Living on Earth (now on PRX) and National Native News.

Jane Fritz has lived in Sandpoint, Idaho, for 40 years and is a published writer, poet, independent radio producer and author of Legendary Lake Pend Oreille (Keokee Books, 2018, 2010). She is also the media director of The Idaho Mythweaver, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that has worked with the Plateau tribes of the region. For many years, she was a community producer of feature stories and documentaries for KPBX, as well as for national programs like Living on Earth (now on PRX) and National Native News.

Jane Fritz has lived in Sandpoint, Idaho, for 40 years and is a published writer, poet, independent radio producer and author of Legendary Lake Pend Oreille (Keokee Books, 2018, 2010). She is also the media director of The Idaho Mythweaver, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that has worked with the Plateau tribes of the region. For many years, she was a community producer of feature stories and documentaries for KPBX, as well as for national programs like Living on Earth (now on PRX) and National Native News.

Jane Fritz has lived in Sandpoint, Idaho, for 40 years and is a published writer, poet, independent radio producer and author of Legendary Lake Pend Oreille (Keokee Books, 2018, 2010). She is also the media director of The Idaho Mythweaver, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that has worked with the Plateau tribes of the region. For many years, she was a community producer of feature stories and documentaries for KPBX, as well as for national programs like Living on Earth (now on PRX) and National Native News.

Jane Fritz has lived in Sandpoint, Idaho, for 40 years and is a published writer, poet, independent radio producer and author of Legendary Lake Pend Oreille (Keokee Books, 2018, 2010). She is also the media director of The Idaho Mythweaver, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that has worked with the Plateau tribes of the region. For many years, she was a community producer of feature stories and documentaries for KPBX, as well as for national programs like Living on Earth (now on PRX) and National Native News.

Taylor Kensel grew up in southeast Idaho. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from EWU where she teaches writing and works as a Responder at the EWU Writers' Center. In 2017, her poem "Under my prom dress are," was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her work can be found in Black Rock & Sage, Rogue Agent, Z Publishing House's An Anthology of Emerging Poets, The Inlander, and others. 

Taylor Kensel grew up in southeast Idaho. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from EWU where she teaches writing and works as a Responder at the EWU Writers' Center. In 2017, her poem "Under my prom dress are," was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her work can be found in Black Rock & Sage, Rogue Agent, Z Publishing House's An Anthology of Emerging Poets, The Inlander, and others. 

Taylor Kensel grew up in southeast Idaho. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from EWU where she teaches writing and works as a Responder at the EWU Writers' Center. In 2017, her poem "Under my prom dress are," was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her work can be found in Black Rock & Sage, Rogue Agent, Z Publishing House's An Anthology of Emerging Poets, The Inlander, and others. 

Taylor Kensel grew up in southeast Idaho. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from EWU where she teaches writing and works as a Responder at the EWU Writers' Center. In 2017, her poem "Under my prom dress are," was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her work can be found in Black Rock & Sage, Rogue Agent, Z Publishing House's An Anthology of Emerging Poets, The Inlander, and others. 

Taylor Kensel grew up in southeast Idaho. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from EWU where she teaches writing and works as a Responder at the EWU Writers' Center. In 2017, her poem "Under my prom dress are," was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her work can be found in Black Rock & Sage, Rogue Agent, Z Publishing House's An Anthology of Emerging Poets, The Inlander, and others. 

Lynn Solomon is an actor and performer based in Missoula. She's performed improv and standup comedy around Montana and also has done voiceover and commercial work on radio and television.

Sam Manno is sharing poems on Pastoralism this week. Today's poem is by Vievee Francis, an associate professor at Dartmouth College and an associate editor for Callaloo. She is a winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry. 

Allison Dunne

This week Sam Manno is sharing poems on Pastoralism. Sam was born in Chicago in 1960 and moved in 1984 to Montana, where he has found peace as part of a herd of dairy goats. He is an artist, farmer, pastoralist, and host and producer of children's programming on Montana Public Radio.

Today's poem is accompanied by music by Peter Ostroushko, an acclaimed Ukranian  mandolinist, fiddler, composer, arranger and teacher who died on  February 24, 2021.

David Mills Lowe, who currently lives in Missoula, is a multi-form performer and creator who has been a touring actor, a playwright, a sound designer, a projection designer, a director, an educator, a casting director, a father, a filmmaker, a singer, a musician and a podcaster.

Sam Manno is sharing poems on Pastoralism this week. Today's is by Sir Walter Raleigh, an English adventurer and writer who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1585 and imprisoned and put to death by her successor, James I.

David Mills Lowe, who currently lives in Missoula, is a multi-form performer and creator who has been a touring actor, a playwright, a sound designer, a projection designer, a director, an educator, a casting director, a father, a filmmaker, a singer, a musician and a podcaster. 

This week, Sam Manno is sharing poems on Pastoralism. Today's poet, Christopher Marlowe, is Shakespeare's most important predecessor in English drama, noted especially for his establishment of dramatic blank verse.

Allison Dunne

This week Sam Manno shares poems on Pastoralism. Sam was born in Chicago in 1960 and moved in 1984 to Montana, where has has found peace as part of a herd of dairy goats. He is an artist, farmer, pastoralist, and host and producer of children's programming on Montana Public Radio. 

Today he reads from Brad Kessler's book, "Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, a Short History of  Herding and the Art of Making Cheese," released in 2009. Kessler, who lives in Vermont,  is an award-winning author of books for children and adults.

Susanne Griepp, raised in southern California, has lived in eastern Washington since 1977. She's been a singer, shopkeeper, waitress, nurseryman, florist, landlady and para-educator. A member of the Creekside Writers since 2011, she's been a community Arts and Humanities advocate for over twenty years. Her most recent poetry collection, "The Marrow," is published by Gray Dog Press.

Susanne Griepp, raised in southern California, has lived in eastern Washington since 1977. She's been a singer, shopkeeper, waitress, nurseryman, florist, landlady and para-educator. A member of the Creekside Writers since 2011, she's been a community Arts and Humanities advocate for over twenty years. Her most recent poetry collection, "The Marrow," is published by Gray Dog Press.

Susanne Griepp, raised in southern California, has lived in eastern Washington since 1977. She's been a singer, shopkeeper, waitress, nurseryman, florist, landlady and para-educator. A member of the Creekside Writers since 2011, she's been a community 
Arts and Humanities advocate for over twenty years. Her most recent poetry collection, "The Marrow," is published by Gray Dog Press.

Susanne Griepp, raised in southern California, has lived in eastern Washington since 1977. She's been a singer, shopkeeper, waitress, nurseryman, florist, landlady and para-educator. A member of the Creekside Writers since 2011, she's been a community Arts and Humanities advocate for over twenty years. Her most recent poetry collection, "The Marrow," is published by Gray Dog Press.

Susanne Griepp, raised in southern California, has lived in eastern Washington since 1977. She's been a singer, shopkeeper, waitress, nurseryman, florist, landlady and para-educator. A member of the Creekside Writers since 2011, she's been a community Arts and Humanities advocate for over twenty years. Her most recent poetry collection, "The Marrow," is published by Gray Dog Press.

Chris Cook is Spokane's current Poet Laureate. His first collection of poetry, The View from the Broken Mic, was published in 2012 (Gray Dog Press). Additional work has been published by Sage Hill Press, Scablands Books, and The Spokesman-Review. He plays trumpet in the Spokane Symphony and is the  former Washington State Yo-Yo Champion.

Chris Cook is Spokane's current Poet Laureate. His first collection of poetry, The View from the Broken Mic, was published in 2012 (Gray Dog Press). Additional work has been published by Sage Hill Press, Scablands Books, and The Spokesman-Review. He plays trumpet in the Spokane Symphony and is the former Washington State Yo-Yo Champion.

Chris Cook is Spokane's current Poet Laureate. His first collection of poetry, The View from the Broken Mic, was published in 2012 (Gray Dog Press). Additional work has been published by Sage Hill Press, Scablands Books, and The Spokesman-Review. He plays trumpet in the Spokane Symphony and is the former Washington State Yo-Yo Champion.

Chris Cook is Spokane's current Poet Laureate. His first collection of poetry, The View from the Broken Mic, was published in 2012 (Gray Dog Press). Additional work has been published by Sage Hill Press, Scablands Books, and The Spokesman-Review. He plays trumpet in the Spokane Symphony and is the former Washington State Yo-Y0 Champion.

Chris Cook is Spokane's current Poet Laureate. His first collection of poetry, The View from the Broken Mic, was published in 2012 (Gray Dog Press). Additional work has been published by Sage Hill Press, Scablands Books, and The Spokesman-Review. He plays trumpet in the Spokane Symphony and is the former Washington State Yo-Yo Champion.

Mike Aleman is a retired high school and college English teacher. He has published books of poetry (The Chalk Dust Poet), as well as short stories (Adios Mi Abuela). He is a frequent contributor of poetry and stories on KPBX.

Mike Aleman is  a retired high school and college English teacher.  He has published books of poetry (The Chalk Dust Poet), as well as short stories (Adios Mi Abuela). He is a frequent contributor of poetry and stories on KPBX.

Mike Aleman is a retired high school and college English teacher. He has published books of poetry (The Chalk Dust Poet), as well as short stories  (Adios Mi Abuela). He is a frequent contributor of poetry and stories on KPBX.

Mike Aleman is a retired high school and college English teacher. He has published books of poetry (The Chalk Dust Poet), as well as short stories (Adios Mi Abuela). He is a frequent contributor of popety and stories on KPBX.

Mike Aleman is a retired high school and college English teacher. He has published books of poetry (The Chalk Dust Poet), as well as short stories (Adios Mi Abuela). He is a frequent contributor of poetry and stories on KPBX.

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