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 June 2015


Monica Berlin–Poet

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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Monica  Berlin talked about her poetry--mostly poetry she writes in collaboration with Beth Marzoni, but also things she writes on her own. We talked about how they work, driving along the Mississippi River together, composing on the road, and we talked about writing poems about the weather. Along the way, Monica read some work from her and Beth's award-winning book No Shape Bends the River So Long.

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Matt R. Jones–Vampire novelist

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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Vampire novelist, by which, of course, I mean he writes novels about vampires--rock and roll vampires, to be specific, living the rock star life(-in-death) and guzzling blood instead of bourbon. But then again, we did conduct this interview in an out-of-the-way, obscure corner of the basement of a former museum. Where else would a real vampire want to be interviewed?

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Zeke Jarvis–poet and short story writer

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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Zeke Jarvis and I talked about the value of the odd, the unexpected, the shift out of the ordinary in his fiction and poetry, the weird take on the conventional, such as a story of his about a college course on crying or a collection, not of poems, but of poetry-reading introductions to non-existent poems. If writers don't entertain themselves first of all, there's no reason to expect others to care.

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Katherine Young: poet, children’s author, inspirational writer

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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Katherine Young talked with me about her writing, meant mainly to inspire and encourage young people. She talked also about her project of collaborating with her child on her next book.

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