On this month's program WordTemple host Katherine Hastings revisits interviews and readings with three poets — John Hart, Fred Ostrander and Bob Hicok.
Poet and environmental journalist John Hart is the author of The Climbers (Pitt Poetry Series) and, most recently and to be included in a future program, Storm Camp. He is the winner of the James D. Phelan Award, the Commonwealth Club Medal in Californiana, and the David R. Brower Award for Service in the Field of Conservation. Editor of the literary magazine Blue Unicorn, Hart reads from his own work but also discusses his late father, Lawrence Hart, and the Lawrence Hart Seminars. Lawrence Hart taught a method of poetry writing he called Direct Sensory Reporting, a discipline any poet will find of interest.
Fred Ostrander was a highly respected poet and mountain climber, having conquered mountains in Nepal and Bhutan. He was the author of three collections, the most recent being It Lasts a Moment. His work reflects his concerns about the world, especially the environment. Ostrander died of a heart attack in 2016 and we’re pleased to have this reading recorded for WordTemple.
Bob Hicok is the author of many collections of poems, including The Legend of Light, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry; Plus Shipping; Animal Soul, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Insomnia Diary; This Clumsy Living; Words for Empty, Words for Full; Elegy Owed, also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Sex & Love. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Hicok has taught creative writing at Western Michigan University and Virginia Tech.
Finally, Katherine Hastings announces a new anthology — Know Me Here — An Anthology of Poems by Women, which she edited and will present at the WordTemple Poetry Series on Saturday, September 23 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Just some of the 43 poets in the anthology include Ellen Bass, Sharon Doubiago, Camille T. Dungy, Annie Finch, Jane Hirshfield, Danish Lamèris, Jane Mead and Kim Shuck. A number of Sonoma County poets are also represented, includingTerry Ehret, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Elizabeth Herron, Jodi Hottel, Julia Vose, and Kathleen Winter.