Today on Current State: Cristo Rey Community Center's new Executive Director; Public Poetry Announcement; MSU Symphony opens new season; Voices of Experience series with 'Eternal General' Frank Kelley; and Banned Books Week.
Carl Phillips went from a high school Latin teacher to one of the most prestigious positions in American letters, a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. The world-renown poet and professor at Washington University-St. Louis discusses his career and reads one of his poems ahead of his visit to Michigan State University on Wednesday.
For this Public Poetry Announcement, Current State producer Joe Linstroth and Stephanie Glazier, acting director of MSU’s Center for Poetry, discuss world-renown poet and Detroit native Philip Levine, whose work focuses on labor and working class issues. The poem featured in this segment is titled “Drum.”
The sixth annual Festival of Listening is this Friday in East Lansing. The event, put on by MSU’s RCAH Center for Poetry, features live readings of poetry in other languages with no translation. And it’s a hit, having become by far the Center's most popular event.
Stephanie Glazier, acting director of the Center for Poetry, and David Clauson, an MSU student, talk about the festival and share a Swedish haiku.
Today on Current State: February's biggest news stories; a Public Poetry Announcement with local poet Diane Wakoski; a friend remembers pianist Van Cliburn; and a Detroit Tigers' season preview with Mario Impemba.
Jamaal May is a world class spoken-word artist and poet from Detroit. He has a guest performance at this weekend’s Poetry Out Loud Michigan high school state championships, which are being held in East Lansing. Mr. May discusses his career, shares some poetry and tells us about the competition.
Current State's Public Poetry Announcements are brought to you by the Center for Poetry at MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.
Our Public Poetry Announcement for Valentine’s Day features Jack Gilbert’s “The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart.” Current State producer Joe Linstroth and Stephanie Glazier, acting director of MSU’s Center for Poetry in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, discuss Gilbert’s richly detailed poem and the limits of language when it approaches such broad, ineffable emotions like love.
Current State’s Public Poetry Announcementsare brought to you by the Center for Poetry at Michigan State University’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.
Today on Current State: Michigan moves closer to expanding Medicaid, assessing MSU and U of M football recruiting classes, a Public Poetry Announcement featuring Robert Hayden, the murals on West Saginaw in Lansing, and a preview of the MSU Symphony's upcoming performance.