Poets’ Voices

Conversations with writers in, around, or passing through Peoria.


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  • Poets' Voices

    Poets' Voices is a radio show of conversations with writers in, around, and passing through the Peoria, Illinois area. Jim Sullivan, host of the show, teaches English at Illinois Central College. The show is broadcast at 2:00 on Wednesday afternoons and repeated 8:30 Saturday morning on WAZU, 90.7 FM, East Peoria, Illlinois. The station is a community radio station broadcasting from Illinois Central College. My thanks especially to Louis Linder, Jeremy Styninger, and Gary Hale for helping me put the show together.
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Archive for November 2012


Michael LaDue–Poet

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
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In a pipe store in Champaign, Illinois, Michael LaDue and I had a wide ranging conversation, part of which I recorded here.  We talked about poetry, history, philosophy, and politics.  Manager of the shop, he has made the place into a cultural salon.  The scent of piple tobacco made this one of the nicest smelling conversations I've ever had for the radio.

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Ron Malcolm on Carl Sandburg

Monday, November 5th, 2012
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Illinois Central College happens to have in its English Department an expert on the work of Carl Sandburg, Ron Malcolm.  We talked about how Ron came to love Sandburg's work, and we talked about some of Sandburg's more lyrical poems, their often overlooked virtues in the shadow of his generally more well known brawny poems.

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Dan Simonecini–Peoria’s Poetry Videographer

Monday, November 5th, 2012
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Dan Simonecini has appointed himself Peoria's poetry videographer, showing up at open mics and other poetry events to record the proceedings.  We talked about why he does it and how he started doing it.  You can find some of his work on YouTube.

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Carol Holding–Storyteller

Monday, November 5th, 2012
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Carol Holding agreed to talk to me one afternoon about her career as a storyteller--how she began, as well as how she has honed her craft.  Included in the conversation is one of her stories about a polygamous monarch's favorite young queen.

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