Chris Koza & Malena Handeen: Live!

Chris Koza and Malena Handeen

We’re celebrating the last episode of our first season with a special double feature, recorded live at Java River Cafe in Montevideo, Minnesota. Our guests are Chris Koza and Malena Handeen.

Chris Koza is the frontman of the Americana rock band Rogue Valley. In this interview, he reads a poem by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith that helped inspire his new side project, Nobody Kid.

Malena Handeen is a painter, songwriter, and organic vegetable farmer based in Western Minnesota. In this episode, she reads a poem by Tyehimba Jess and discusses how the weather affects her creative life.

Later on, members of our audience participate in our first ever live Haiku Hotline.

“The Museum of Obsolescence” by Tracy K. Smith appears in the book Life on Mars, published by Graywolf Press. “What the Wind, Rain and Thunder Said to Tom” by Tyehimba Jess appears in the book Olio, published by Wave Books.

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Marla Spivak Reads Rumi

Marla Spivak

In this episode, entomologist Dr. Marla Spivak reads “When Grapes Turn to Wine” by Rumi and discusses the changes in consciousness needed to rectify our relationship with the non-human world. Dr. Spivak is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow known for her groundbreaking research on bee behavior and biology.

“When Grapes Turn to Wine” by Rumi, translated by Robert Bly, appears in the book If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems, published by University of Minnesota Press. A portion of all proceeds from the book are donated to support research at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab.

As always, the Haiku Hotline (612-440-0643) is open for your short poems and poetic musings.

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Mary Mack Reads Roald Dahl

Mary Mack

In this episode, comedian Mary Mack reads “Attention Please! Attention Please!” by Roald Dahl. Mack is a nationally touring stand-up comic, beloved for her singular oddball folk humor. She’s been on Conan and WTF with Marc Maron. Her latest album is Ms. Taco Man.

“Attention Please! Attention Please!” by Roald Dahl appears in the book Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, published by Puffin Books.

Keep up with Mary Mack on Facebook, Twitter, and marymackcomedy.com.

As always, the Haiku Hotline (612-440-0643) is open for your short poems and poetic musings.

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Gaelynn Lea Reads E. E. Cummings

Gaelynn Lea

In this episode Gaelynn Lea reads “53” by E.E. Cummings and discusses the importance of acknowledging the duality of light and darkness in life. Lea is a folk singer, disability advocate, and the winner of the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Contest. The music in this interview is from Lea’s album, The Songs We Sing Along the Way. Her new album is forthcoming in 2018.

“53” by E. E. Cummings appears in the collection 100 Selected Poems from Grove Press.

Keep up with Gaelynn Lea on Facebook, Twitter, and violinscratches.com.

As always, the Haiku Hotline (612-440-0643) is open for your short poems and poetic musings.

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Krista Tippett Reads Rainer Maria Rilke

Tippett

In this episode, journalist Krista Tippett reads “God speaks to each of us as he makes us” by Rainer Maria Rilke. She shares how the poem gave her courage and resolve during the creation of her public radio show, On Being, in 2003. Today, On Being airs on more than 400 radio stations across the U.S. and is downloaded weekly by thousands of devoted listeners. Tippett’s latest book is Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.

“God speaks to each of us as he makes us” by Rainer Maria Rilke appears in the collection Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy, and published by Riverhead Books.

Keep up with Krista Tippett on Twitter and onbeing.org.

As always, the Haiku Hotline (612-440-0643) is open for your short poems and poetic musings.

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