Category Archives: Poetry

A special thanks to our listeners and readers

Thank you, listeners, for your attention and kind words these past few years as we’ve built Writers@WRUV on 90.1, WRUV-FM. We’ve been all about Vermont fiction, essays and poetry. Your calls and emails tell us that you have been, too.

We launched The WRUV Reader in Fall 2012. Readers included (clockwise from left) Nancy Welch, Ben Aleshire, Aaron Smith, Antonello Borra, Major Jackson, Phillip Baruth, Abby Paige, Zoe Lewis, Theodora Ziolkowski and Tina Escaja.

We launched The WRUV Reader in Fall 2012. Readers included (clockwise from left) Nancy Welch, Ben Aleshire, Aaron Smith, Antonello Borra, Major Jackson, Phillip Baruth, Abby Paige, Zoe Lewis, Theodora Ziolkowski and Tina Escaja.

We’re going on indefinite hiatus. Doubtless we’ll be unable to resist hosting and posting the occasional reading from WRUV, so please do stay tuned. In the meantime, you can use this site to listen to our archived shows and use the list below to locate your own copy of The WRUV Reader, our 2012 anthology of the best writing heard on Writers@WRUV.

Find your copy of The WRUV Reader in Burlington and online.

Finally, thanks so much to our authors, who donated their time and their work. All proceeds from The WRUV Reader benefit media education at The University of Vermont, and your work allows us to make that education happen.

Listeners, if there’s any writer who you would like to hear on the radio, you can still reach us at Writers@WRUV.org.

Till then, keep it locked to your better alternative, WRUV-FM, 90.1 in Burlington.

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A reading by 2 up-and-coming student poets

Today’s show featured student-poets Theodora Ziolkowski and Amy Hood, whose credits include publication in literary journals local and national. Theodora is also the first student-poet we feature in The WRUV Reader, our brand-new collection of fiction and poetry by Vermont writers featured on the WRUV airwaves.

Theodora Ziolkowski

Theodora Ziolkowski is a 2012 graduate from the University of Vermont with a degree in English. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Prairie Schooner, Gargoyle Magazine, Caesura Magazine, Vantage Point, The Salon, The Burlington Free Press, and Concert at Chopin’s House, an anthology of Polish- American writers. In August 2011 she participated in the Seminar in Advanced Poetry at the Frost Place in Franconia, Vermont. She is the recipient of the UVM English Department’s Benjamin Wainwright Prize for Poetry. A writer of both fiction and poetry, Theodora plans to pursue an M.F.A. in creative writing.

Amy Hood (for whom a photo is, sadly, not available) is a student born in California and New Jersey-bred. She is an English-French double major at the University of Vermont. She enjoys baking at odd hours of the morning, knitting, dying her hair, and the ocean. She started writing at 14, when she made friends with poetry books, parks, and the old maples that fence in her backyard in New Jersey.

For more of Theodora’s writing, check out The WRUV Reader, which is also available on Amazon.com.

 

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Set list (of writers) announced for tonight’s WRUV READER book launch

 We have a wonderful 1o-set of local authors ready to speak at 7 tonight at the book launch of The WRUV Reader, a new publication featuring writers who have read their work on UVM’s radio station, with all proceeds from sales going to media education.

The book is only 10 bucks, kids! At least at tonight’s reading. We can’t vouch for what Amazon will charge.

We have a great set list of fiction writers and poets, students and profs, established and emerging authors. Here they are in the likely order of appearance, with some titles, when available, of what they’re expected to read.

Philip Baruth: The Celebrated Phish Tanks of Burlington, Vermont

Theodora Ziolkowski: Selected Poetry

David Cavanagh: Selected Poetry

Abby Paige: Selected Poetry

Major Jackson: Selected Poetry

Tina Escaja: Spanish-English & Multimedia Poetry

Benjamin Aleshire: Selected Poetry

Zoe Louisa Lewis: The Execution of Sam Grant D.

Antonello Borra: Italian-English Poetry

Nancy Welch: Havazik

The WRUV Reader will premiere Thursday, Sept. 20, in the John Dewey Lounge, on the third floor of UVM’s Old Mill. Reception begins at 6:30 with snacks, followed by readings at 7 p.m.

Questions? Answers can be found by writing to Writers@wruv.org.

Hope to see you there.

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The WRUV READER book launch: Because WRUV does books now

On Sept. 20, WRUV-FM will release its first-ever book, a collection of stories and poems by the many Vermont writers heard on Writers@WRUV.

The WRUV Reader will premiere Thursday, Sept. 20, in the John Dewey Lounge, on the third floor of UVM’s Old Mill. Reading their own work from the book will be Major Jackson, Suzi Wizowaty, Greg Bottoms, Philip Baruth and more. Reception begins at 6:30 with snacks, followed by readings at 7 p.m.

Questions? Answers can be found by writing to Writers@wruv.org.

We hope to see you there.

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When Sonnets Collide

UVM teachers Isaac Cates and Liz Fenton stopped by this October for a poet-a-poet sonnet duel. Twas epic.

Listen to the show here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Fenton and Isaac Cates teach in the English department. Elizabeth specializes in early American literature. Isaac teaches poetry and creative writing.

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Antonello Borra speaks poetry of Italy, English and beasts

Professor Antonello Borra

Why does the Yeti avoid us?

Because “humans are beasts!” says Antonello Bora, our guest of April 20.

In his first visit to Writers@WRUV, Professor Borra reads his original work in Italian and English, and he even offers up some work yet to be published this fall by Burlington-based publisher Fomite, a new press started by local fiction writer Marc Estrin.

“I think that poetry is always an activity that has moral responsibilities, and I think that as a writer you do have to try and make your audience aware of issues that are common to each one of us and not just to the individual poet,” Borra says.

Listen to the interview and reading here.

Antonella Borra was born in Italy. He graduated from the University of Turin, Italy, in 1988. He earned his MA (1993) and PhD (1998) from  Brown University.
From 1998 to 2001, he was an assistant professor of Italian at Ithaca College in New York.

In 2001 he joined the faculty of the department of romance languages at the University of Vermont as an aassociate professor of Italian.

He is a poet, a translator and a scholar. He is the author of multiple volumes of poetry as well as books of criticism and language pedagogy, including Italian Through Film: A Text for Italian Courses and Italian Through Film: The Classics.

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Ben Aleshire invites readers into The Salon

Ben Aleshire, who earlier this year launched the local literary magazine The Salon, dropped by to give us a peak into the just-released second issue and to read some of his own poetry.

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Ben is a Burlington artist who grew up in the small Vermont hamlet of Wallingford. His poetry has recently appeared in Seven Days. Ben has traveled and photographed in 15 countries around the world, and exhibited throughout Vermont. Also an actor and musician, Ben has performed with the Bread & Puppet Theatre in Glover, VT, at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennesee with Burlington’s Unbearable Light Cabaret, and toured in central America with the Mexican Circus, Cabaret Capricho.

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UVM Students Present Their Polished Poetry

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Throughout the semester, these 15 poets have been writing and revising their work in the advanced poetry class of Professor Isaac Cates. In this rapid-fire radio jam session, the poets proudly present their work. It’s worth a listen!

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Professor Cates gave listeners some great tips about how to jump-start the poet inside. Check out those tips and the rest of the syllabus here.

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Poet David Cavanagh rips rhymes and jamz jazz

Poet David Cavanagh

David Cavanagh joined us in the studio April 15 to share his poetry, both raw and with a soundtrack.

Cavanagh has done amazing work with PoJazz, a poetry/jazz group featuring Vermont poets and musicians. He works with the musicians as they work with him. And the poetry is pretty phenomenal to begin with.

Listen to the show.

Read poems from the show.

Hear PoJazz and other audio clips of Cavanagh’s poetry.

Visit Cavanagh’s Web site.

Cavanagh’s books of poems include Falling Body and The Middleman, both published by Salmon Poetry of Ireland.

David’s poems have appeared in leading journals in Canada, Ireland, the U.S., the U.K, and in several anthologies.  He has also given dozens of popular readings in Vermont and Canada, including last September’s Burlington Book Fest and the Painted Word Series at the Fleming Museum.

He performs with the poetry/jazz group, PoJazz, and appears on the group’s CD, Last Days. David has taught poetry and Canadian literature at a number of colleges in Vermont and Ontario.

A native of Montreal with dual Canadian/American citizenship, he has lived in Burlington since 1982.  His day job is co-director of the External Degree Program at Johnson State College.

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Live from the Painted Word: Issac Cates and Abby Paige

Issac Cates, UVM prof & poet

In a special on-site recording, Writers@WRUV traveled across campus to the Fleming Museum on March 31, 2010, to record Isaac Cates and Abby Paige, the night’s featured speakers at the Painted Word Poetry Series, a monthly event sponsored by Major Jackson.

Listen to the show here. It’s a great one

Abby Paige, Montreal poet & performer

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