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 January 2015


Sarah Parlier on the Poetry of Ed Abplanalp

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
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Our late colleague at Illinois Central College, Philosophy professor Ed Abplanalp, wrote poetry. A collection of his poems,Postmodern Shamanism, has just been published posthumously. It is amazingly good work, and everybody should read it. Sarah Parlier and I discuss what we loved about Ed and admired about his work. Sarah reads some of Ed's poems beautifully.

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Stephanie Guedet on Life Writing

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
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Stephanie Guedet talks about her scholarly and personal fascination with various kinds of autobiographical writing. We discussed issues of candor, accuracy, and lying, as well as the way writing one's life is a way to shape it. She also discussed her admiration for the memoirs of Mary Karr, especially her books The Liar's Club, Cherry, and Lit.

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Susan Hillabold and Paul Resnick on the poetry of Edward Abplanalp

Friday, January 9th, 2015
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Our colleague Illinois Central College colleague Ed Abplanalp died in 2014. He was a Philosophy professor who also wrote poetry. Susan Hillabold, Paul Resnick, and I talked about Ed's poems, looking over advance copies of a collection of his poems that will be published in 2015.

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Doug Day, actor and director–On Dickens’ A Chirstmas Carol and other adaptations of his

Friday, January 9th, 2015
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Doug Day is an actor and a director. We talked about his recent staged reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and about his experience adapting other works for stage performances. He wrote a stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and he also did a modern update of Moliere's classic French comedy The Imaginary Invalid.

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