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Naudia Williams closeup
Illinois State University

An Illinois State University student with a gift for words and a heart for equality has been nationally recognized for her poetry skills.

English education major Naudia Williams brought her best content to the stage as she battled it out with students across the country for a cash prize and bragging rights at this year’s America’s Best College Poet competition.

Jim Tosh holds his book
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Poetry comes out in all of us from time to time. And its subjects come from both heart and history.

Tim Hunt
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Concerts from long, long ago are more than just memories for scholar and poet Tim Hunt. 

James Plath

Poet James Plath says some contemporary poetry can seem overly academic, inaccessible and off-putting to readers. He wants none of that. 

Courtesy of Bradley University

It's a position with a grand title, but no job description, no budget, no staff, and no salary.

Yet, poet and Bradley University Professor Kevin Stein calls being Illinois Poet Laureate one of the best jobs in the state.

Celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks: Poet of 'Firsts'

Jun 14, 2017
Ralf-Finn Hestoft / Associated Press

She was the first African American ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, and first black woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was only the second person to serve as Illinois Poet Laureate, succeeding Carl Sandburg. She was also the state's longest-serving laureate, an unpaid position she held for more than 30 years.

Illinois is pausing this month to celebrate the life and work of this woman of firsts,  who would have turned 100 on June 7.

Writer Cornelius Eady On Why Poems Matter

Apr 26, 2017
Illinois Wesleyan University

There were few books in Cornelius Eady's household when he was growing up in Rochester, New York.

"We barely had a radio," he recalled on GLT's Sound Ideas.

To My Son, Old Enough For Bass 12/31/15

Dec 30, 2015

James McGowan: To My Son, Old Enough for Bass, read by James McGowan. Music by Taj Mahal (Fishing Blues from The Taj Anthology)

Nostalgia 12/29/15

Dec 30, 2015

Billy Collins: Nostalgia, read by Billy Collins. Music by Oliver Lake (Stolen Moments from Dat Love)

Field Ecologist's Love Song 12/27/15

Dec 30, 2015

Kathryn Kerr: Field Ecologist's Love Song, read by Kathryn Kerr. Music by Bruce Cockburn (Train in the Rain from Dart to the Heart)

Fishing 12/24/15

Dec 30, 2015

Kirstin Hotelling Zona: Fishing, read by Kirstin Hotelling Zona. Music by Joseph Mancilla (Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios from Oasis Classical and Instrumental)

One Year Sunny Stabs Himself 12/22/15

Dec 30, 2015

Thylias Moss: One Year Sunny Stabs Himself, read by Thylias Moss. Music by Scott Johnson (Break Forth O Beauteous Heav'nly Light from Christmas Guitars)

Married Love 12/20/15

Dec 30, 2015

Kathleen Kirk: Married Love, read by Kathleen Kirk. Music by Bill Spence (Billy's Chinese Tune from The Hammered Dulcimer Returns!)

Vanishing Point 12/17/15

Dec 11, 2015

Lucia Getsi: Vanishing Point, read by Lucia Getsi. Music by Walter Parks and Amy Platt (Walt's for Tara from Oasis Instrumentals 3)

Solitude 12/15/15

Dec 11, 2015

Duke Ellington and Irving Mills: Solitude, read by Pearl Cleage. Music by Jethro Burns (Solitude from Swing Low, Sweet Mandolin)

The Art of Pie 12/13/15

Dec 11, 2015

Susan Bright: The Art of Pie, read by Claudia Schmidt. Music by Red Garland with the Miles Davis Quintet (Billy Boy from Milestones)

Afroprairie 12/10/15

Dec 6, 2015

Cecil Giscombe: Afroprairie, read by Cecil Giscombe. Music by Oran Etkin (It Don't Mean a Thing from Kelenia)

Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers 12/8/15

Dec 6, 2015

Emily Dickinson: Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers (1859 and 1861 versions), read by Robert Sutherland. Music by Lena Willemark and Ale Moller (Hornlat from Nordan)

Acousticity 12/6/15

Dec 6, 2015

John Firefly: Acousticity, read by John Firefly. Music by Mike Compton (Honky Tonk Swing from Climbing the Walls)

My Father's Cigarettes 12/3/15

Dec 3, 2015

Bill Morgan: My Father's Cigarettes, read by Bill Morgan. Music by Joe Myers (Sunrise from Troubled Notes from the Hotel Chelsea)

Hear 14 of Bruce Bergethon's favorite poems from Poetry Radio's 23 year history on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays during December, plus 9 bonus poems.

Poetry Radio favorites 1992-2015

Dec 3, 2015

During its 23 years on GLT, Poetry Radio has encompassed a wide variety of interpretations, from local poets and readers to internationally-acclaimed authors. In this last month of broadcasts, I've chosen some of my favorite episodes, including former Senator Paul Simon and songwriter Claudia Schmidt, plus works by each of the four ISU poets who co-hosted the program. But there's so much more in the archives, as the nine poems below display. As producer, Poetry Radio has always been a labor of love and learning for me, and I hope it's expanded your horizons, too.

I Hear America Singing 12/1/15

Dec 1, 2015

Walt Whitman: I Hear America Singing, read by IL Senator Paul Simon (1928-2003). Music of Charles Ives, "Variations on America," performed by the US Coast Guard Band.

Redolence 11/29/15

Dec 1, 2015

Aaron Anstett: Redolence, read by Aaron Anstett. Music by Mike Marshall (Gator Strut from Gator Strut)

I Buy A Sausage At the Airport 11/26/15

Nov 22, 2015

Ewa Chrusciel: I Buy a Sausage At the Airport, read by Ewa Chrusciel. Music by Lac La Belle (Lions of the West from A Friend Too Long)

Li Po in Hancock County 11/24/15

Nov 22, 2015

Steve Fay: Li Po in Hancock County (for Bill Morgan), read by Steve Fay. Music by Sarah Lee Guthrie (Tarantula from Sarah Lee Guthrie)

The Wife Takes a Child 11/22/15

Nov 22, 2015

Paulette Roeske: The Wife Takes a Child, read by Paulette Roeske. Music by John Hartford (The Ten Chord Blues from You Can't Run From Love)

Poem For the Grandmother 11/19/15

Nov 16, 2015

Jacob Saenz: Poem For the Grandmother, read by Jacob Saenz. Music by Michael Shelley (Winner of the Ebsom Oaks from Jimmy's Corner)

Lesson in Spatial Relations 11/17/15

Nov 16, 2015

Bill Morgan: Lesson in Spatial Relations, read by Bill Morgan. Music by Robert Burns (Bridge of Dreams from Oasis Acoustic 35)

Marriage 11/15/15

Nov 16, 2015

Molly Peacock: Marriage, read by Jody Lisberger. Music by James Brown (To See Your Face from Out of the Silence)

Some Good Done 11/12/15

Nov 8, 2015

Jennifer Lisa Vest: Some Good Done, read by Jennifer Lisa Vest. Music by James Leva and Danny Knicely (Axe Me from All Over The Map)

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