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 April 2013


Sylvia Shults, horror writer

Friday, April 26th, 2013
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Sylvia Shults and I sat in a coffee shop in Pekin to talk about her career writing horror and ghost stories, but especially her new book on ghosts at the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Fractured Spirits.  She also writes romances, but thankfully not of the goopy, earnest variety.  We also talked about her role in founding the publishing collective Dark Continents.  Over the course of the conversation, I came to admire her determination and enthusiasm.

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Nicolas Walker on Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
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Poet Nicolas Walker and I learned that we share the same favorite Walt Whitman poem, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry."  So we recorded a reading of it together, trading off sections as we went through it, and then talked about why it means so much to us.

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Rachael Stanford–Playwright, Poet, etc.

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
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Rachael Stanford--playwright, poet, kindergarten teacher--talked to me about her writing in her living room in Washington, IL.  She's warned me that cats might interrupt our conversation about high literary matters (including the writing and performance of her plays), but they left us alone and let us talk.

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