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Rattle is a publication of the Rattle Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the practice of poetry, and is not affiliated with any other organization.

    ep. 97 - Lance Larsen

    ep. 97 - Lance Larsen

    Rattlecast #97 features the former Utah Poet Laureate and Rattle Poetry Prize Finalist Lance Larsen. As always, the first half-hour will feature Poets Respond Live.

    Born in Idaho, Lance Larsen was educated at Brigham Young University, where he earned both his BA and MA, and at the University of Houston, where he earned a PhD in literature and creative writing. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Erasable Walls (1998); In All Their Animal Brilliance (2005), winner of the Tampa Review Prize; Backyard Alchemy (2009), and What the Body Knows (2018). His poems touch on Mormon heritage while examining everyday encounters. Larsen has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2012, the governor of Utah appointed him the state poet laureate. He is a professor of English at Brigham Young University.

    To order the book, visit:
    https://utampapress.org/product/what-the-body-knows

    As always, we'll also include live open lines for responses to our weekly prompt or any other poems you'd like to share. For details on how to participate, either via Skype or by phone, go to: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/

    This Week's Prompt:
    A pivotal moment in your childhood.

    Next Week's Prompt:
    Macro photography is the close-up, highly-detailed photography of small objects or organisms—common subjects include an insect wing or a blade of grass. Write a “macro poem.”

    The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.

    • 2 hr 1 min
    ep. 96 - Melissa Balmain

    ep. 96 - Melissa Balmain

    Rattlecast #96 features the editor of Light poetry magazine, Melissa Balmain. As always, the first half-hour will feature Poets Respond Live.

    Melissa Balmain is a humorist, journalist, and teacher. Since 2012 she has edited Light, the country's longest-running journal of light verse (founded in 1992 by John Mella). Balmain's poems have appeared in The American Bystander, American Life in Poetry, The Hopkins Review, Lighten Up Online, Literary Matters, Measure, Mezzo Cammin, The New Criterion, The New Verse News, Poetry Daily, Rattle, The Spectator (UK), Verse Daily, The Washington Post, and many anthologies; her prose in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Weekly Humorist, and elsewhere. A former columnist for Success magazine and other publications, she's the author of a memoir, Just Us: Adventures of a Mother and Daughter (Faber and Faber). Balmain has received national honors for her journalism, including the National Society for Newspaper Columnists humorous columnist award and multiple Pulitizer Prize nominations. She teaches at the University of Rochester and lives nearby with her husband and two children. Her poetry collection Walking in on People was chosen by X.J. Kennedy for the Able Muse Book Award. Her newest collection is The Witch Demands a Retraction: Fairy-Tale Reboots for Adults, illustrated by Ron Barrett (Humorist Books).

    For more on the author, and to order the book, visit:
    https://www.melissabalmain.com/

    Visit Light poetry magazine here:
    https://lightpoetrymagazine.com/

    As always, we'll also include live open lines for responses to our weekly prompt or any other poems you'd like to share. For details on how to participate, either via Skype or by phone, go to: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/

    This Week's Prompt:
    Write a a poem in which an inanimate object or concept is personified. (See “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath for a great example.)

    Next Week's Prompt:
    A pivotal moment in your childhood.

    The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.

    • 2 hr 2 min
    ep. 95 - Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal

    ep. 95 - Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal

    Rattlecast #95 features a contributor to last winter's issue, Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal, and her debut collection The Yak Dilemma. She'll join us at noon EDT, but we'll start with a half-hour of Poets Respond Live.

    Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal was born in the Himalayan town of Palampur, India. She studied at St. Bede’s College, Shimla; Trinity College, Dublin; and Queen’s University, Belfast. Her poems have been translated into Arabic, German and Italian, and have recently appeared in Ambit, Banshee, Gutter, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Jukebox, Poetry London, The Bombay Literary Magazine, The Irish Times, The Lonely Crowd, The Pickled Body, The Tangerine and elsewhere. In 2018, she was one of the twelve poets selected for Poetry Ireland’s ‘Introductions’ series. She is the 2021 Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow at the University of Kent. The Yak Dilemma is her first full-length collection.

    For more on the author, and to order the book, visit:
    https://www.supriyakaurdhaliwal.com/

    As always, we'll also include live open lines for responses to our weekly prompt or any other poems you'd like to share. For details on how to participate, either via Skype or by phone, go to: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/

    This Week's Prompt:
    Write a poem about a parasite—be as literal or figurative as you wish.

    Next Week's Prompt:
    Write a a poem in which an inanimate object or concept is personified. (See “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath for a great example.)

    The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.

    Segments:
    3:03 Richard Westheimer: "An American Jew Fails to Make Sense of the Carnage in Gaza"
    12:35 Poets Respond Live continues
    30:00 Featured Guest: Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal
    1:33:15 Open Lines

    • 2 hr 3 min
    ep. 94 - Kerrin McCadden

    ep. 94 - Kerrin McCadden

    Rattlecast #94 features frequent contributor Kerrin McCadden and her new book, American Wake.

    Kerrin McCadden is the author of American Wake, coming in March, 2021, from Black Sparrow Press. Her debut collection, Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, won the Vermont Book Award and the New Issues Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, Keep This to Yourself, was awarded the Button Poetry Prize. McCadden has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. She is associate director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching at The Frost Place and associate poetry editor at Persea Books. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School in Vermont and lives in South Burlington.

    For more on the author, visit:
    https://www.kerrinmccadden.com

    As always, we'll also include live open lines for responses to our weekly prompt or any other poems you'd like to share. For details on how to participate, either via Skype or by phone, go to: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/

    This Week's Prompt:
    Use the random article option on Wikipedia (go to Wikipedia.com and click on the “random article” link on the left-hand side of the page) and write a poem based on your results.

    Next Week's Prompt:
    Write a poem about a parasite—be as literal or figurative as you wish.

    The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    ep. 93 - Martin Willitts Jr.

    ep. 93 - Martin Willitts Jr.

    Rattlecast #93 features frequent contributor Martin Willitts Jr. and his new book, Harvest Time.

    Martin Willitts Jr. is a retired Librarian living in Syracuse, New York. He was nominated for 15 Pushcart and 13 Best of the Net awards.
    Martin Willitts Jr. has 25 chapbooks including the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, The Wire Fence Holding Back the World (Flowstone Press, 2017), plus 21 full-length collections including the Blue Light Award 2019, The Temporary World. His recent book is Unfolding Towards Love (Wipf and Stock, 2020). He is an editor for The Comstock Review, and he is judge for the New York State Fair Poetry Contest. His newest book, Harvest Time, was just published by Deerbrook Editions.

    Buy Harvest Time here:
    https://www.deerbrookeditions.com/harvest-time/

    As always, we'll also include live open lines for responses to our weekly prompt or any other poems you'd like to share. For details on how to participate, either via Skype or by phone, go to: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/

    This Week's Prompt:
    Write a reverse poem—a poem with lines that can be read both forward and backward.

    Next Week's Prompt:
    Use the random article option on Wikipedia (go to Wikipedia.com and click on the “random article” link on the left-hand side of the page) and write a poem based on your results.

    The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.

    • 1 hr 57 min
    ep. 92 - Michael Mark

    ep. 92 - Michael Mark

    Rattlecast #92 features frequent contributor Michael Mark.

    Michael Mark’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, River Styx, Salamander, The Southern Review, The New York Times, The Sun, Verse Daily, Waxwing, American Life in Poetry, and other places. He was the recipient of the Anthony Hecht Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He’s the author of two books of stories, Toba and At the Hands of a Thief (Atheneum). Michael Mark lives with his wife Lois in San Diego.

    For more info on the poet, visit:
    http://www.michaeljmark.com/

    As always, we'll also include live open lines for responses to our weekly prompt or any other poems you'd like to share. For details on how to participate, either via Skype or by phone, go to: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/

    This Week's Prompt:
    This Lithub article details the 32 “most iconic” poems in the English language. Read, or reread, a few and write a poem that replies to one of these works.
    https://lithub.com/the-32-most-iconic-poems-in-the-english-language/

    Next Week’s Prompt:
    Write a reverse poem—a poem with lines that can be read both forward and backward.

    The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Periscope, then becomes an audio podcast.

    • 1 hr 50 min

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