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 October 2014


Nicolas Walker–Poet

Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Nick Walker and I talked about his poetry, including how reading Walt Whitman helped him realize that this stuff he'd been writing could be called poetry.  He also discussed the uses of poetry in everyday life.

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Amy Glass, librarian, on Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Illinois Central College has started a One Book, One College program in which everyone is encouraged to read the same book.  The inaugural choice is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a novel set in a dystopian, gamified world of the 2040s.  Amy Glass, a librarian at ICC, has graciously agreed to have a conversation with me about this engaging page-turner and what it says about our current world.

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Burton Raabe–poet

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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Burt Raabe's poetry sounds like the man himself: down-to-earth, humble, intelligent, and engaged in the conditions and problems of his society.  His poetry comes from a great number of sources, including his work visiting prisons, his interest in religion, and his intimate knowledge of Peoria's streets and neighborhoods.

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Cheri Nordstrom–poet

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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Cheri Nordstrom sat in I Know You Like a Book for a wide ranging conversation.  We talked about her poetry, her interest in dada, how she writes, the Peoria poetry scene, and her love of Federico Garcia Lorca. 

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