Airing It Out on “Poetry A La Carte”

On our recent swing through Connecticut and Massachusetts, we editors visited contributing poet Pat Schneider in Amherst. While there, the three of us ventured to the campus of University of Massachusetts-Amherst for a radio interview with Daisy Mathias, producer of “Poetry A La Carte.” WMUA-Amherst 91.1 FM airs the weekly program and also streams it at this link. During the program Mathias reads aloud from past and contemporary poets and occasionally features live interview and poetry-reading with a local poet.

Our half-hour recorded interview will be aired in the near future. We’ll share a link when it becomes available.

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Daisy Mathias, producer of “Poetry A La Carte”
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103 Years Old and Still Loving Poetry

As editors of Poetry of Presence we take tremendous joy in hearing how readers are using the anthology. This story, gleaned by serendipity from Facebook, really brightened our day:

Cheryl Hale works in the activity department at One MacDonough Place, an assisted living facility in Middletown, CT. “I read poems from this anthology to the residents where I work. It’s such an inspiring, positive collection.”

One of the activities they offer the residents “is a program for expressing oneself through poetry. Sometimes we have them write with prompts and sometimes we share poetry with them. I love your book … as the collection of poems has examples from such a wide range of poets, with the focus being on mindfulness and being present in each moment. They enjoy it, as do I. Thank you!”

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Happy birthday, Phyllis

Cheryl says that one of her role models at the facility is named Phyllis, like one of us editors. “[She] writes, paints, participates in literally everything, [and] will be 104 in a couple of weeks! Here she is, after I read her `Sifter’ [by Naomi Shihab Nye]. She is awesome, and always up for anything new!”

Cheryl and Phyllis, we’ll be up in CT in a couple of weeks to do (among other fun things) a reading organized by Ginny Connors, publisher of Grayson Books. Maybe we’ll just swing by One MacDonough Place to greet you and celebrate a 104th birthday! In the meantime, continue enjoying the anthology and writing your own poems.