11 episodes

Big Read Lakeshore of Hope College is proud to present Behind the Read, a podcast series that offers listeners insights and perspectives on all what goes into, around and behind the act of reading. Our host and program director Dr. Deb Van Duinen will talk all things reading, literacy and books with friends of the Big Read Lakeshore.

Behind the Read is a production of Hope College’s Big Read Lakeshore program. Through Big Read events and programming, we promote and foster a culture along the West Michigan Lakeshore where reading matters.

Learn more at bigreadlakeshore.com!

Behind the Read The NEA Big Read Lakeshore

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Big Read Lakeshore of Hope College is proud to present Behind the Read, a podcast series that offers listeners insights and perspectives on all what goes into, around and behind the act of reading. Our host and program director Dr. Deb Van Duinen will talk all things reading, literacy and books with friends of the Big Read Lakeshore.

Behind the Read is a production of Hope College’s Big Read Lakeshore program. Through Big Read events and programming, we promote and foster a culture along the West Michigan Lakeshore where reading matters.

Learn more at bigreadlakeshore.com!

    Poetry is mundane & poetry is philosophy’s sister | Susanna Childress

    Poetry is mundane & poetry is philosophy’s sister | Susanna Childress

    In this episode, I have a conversation with Susanna Childress. She has authored the poetry volumes Jagged with Love and Entering the House of Awe and is finishing a collection of essays, Extremely Yours. Susanna teaches at Hope College and lives with her family in Holland, Michigan. We are grateful to have her expertise teach us about poetry today!

    Learn more about our program at bigreadlakeshore.com and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things Big Read!

    • 29 min
    Poetry is paying attention | Mark Hiskes

    Poetry is paying attention | Mark Hiskes

    In this episode, I have a conversation with poet Mark Hiskes. Mark Hiskes grew up in Chicago, the seventh of eight kids lucky enough to be raised by Harold and Everdean.  He has been blessed to be an English teacher for 35 years. When he’s not grading papers, he loves to walk, read, write, hang out in classrooms with students, and refurbish old furniture with Cindy for her antique business. On good days, he manages to do a little of all five. He and Cindy have proudly raised two children, Peter and Mary, who are off on family adventures of their own. Mark and Cindy live near the foxes in Holland, Michigan.



    Learn more about our program at bigreadlakeshore.com and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things Big Read!

    • 28 min
    Pablo Peschiera | Poetry is human connection

    Pablo Peschiera | Poetry is human connection

    In this episode, I have a conversation with my Hope College colleague, Pablo Peschiera. Pablo is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, at Hope College, and currently serves as the Interim Chair and as the Area Coordinator for Creative Writing. He's published over 100 poems, interviews, reviews, essays, and translations from Spanish and he teaches poetry to Hope College students. Hear about his own writing journey and how he reads poems!



    Learn more about our program at bigreadlakeshore.com and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things Big Read!

    • 40 min
    Dana VanderLugt | Poetry is noticing

    Dana VanderLugt | Poetry is noticing

    In this episode, I have a conversation with Dana VanderLugt. Dana VanderLugt lives in West Michigan with her husband, three sons, and spoiled golden retriever. She has an MFA from Spalding University and works as a teacher and instructional coach. Her work has been published in Longridge Review, Ruminate, The Reformed Journal, and Relief: A Journal of Art & Faith. She can be found online at www.danavanderlugt.com and on Twitter @danavanderlugt.



    Learn more about our program at bigreadlakeshore.com and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things Big Read!

    • 35 min
    David James | Poetry is a language experience

    David James | Poetry is a language experience

    In this episode, I have a conversation with David James. James, who writes as D.R. James has taught writing, literature, and peace-making at Hope College for 34 years and lives in the woods near Saugatuck, Michigan. His poems and prose have appeared in a variety of journals Including Galway Review) and anthologies, his latest of eight poetry collections are If god were gentle (Dos Madres Press) and Surreal Expulsion (The Poetry Box), and his microchapbook All Her Jazz is free and downloadable-for-the-folding at the Origami Poems.

    Here are links to his works mentioned in the episode:

    http://www.amazon.com/author/drjamesauthorpage

    https://www.dosmadres.com/shop/mobius-trip-by-d-r-james/

    Learn more about our program at bigreadlakeshore.com and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things Big Read!

    • 36 min
    Jack Ridl | Poetry is what poets write

    Jack Ridl | Poetry is what poets write

    In this episode, I have a conversation with Jack Ridl. Jack Ridl taught at Hope from 1971 until retiring in 2006. With his wife Julie, Ridl founded the Visiting Writers Series at Hope College, later named the "Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series" in his honor, He is the author of several collections of poetry, and has also published more than 300 poems in journals and has work included in numerous anthologies. He has given readings of  his work and led workshops at colleges, universities, art colonies and other venues around the country.

    Learn more about our program at bigreadlakeshore.com and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things Big Read!

    • 53 min

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Brent Rowe ,

Wow!

Thank for the first two podcasts! I loved the interviews and hearing the insightful questions. The Big Read is an amazing program, and this adds depth to the program. Keep up the great work!

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