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[Audio] Adam Day, Louisville PEN Award-Winning Poet, Reads at Murray State

Beowulf Sheehan/PEN American Center, courtesy of Carrie Jerrell, Murray State University

Louisville Poet Adam Day reads from his poetry tonight in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery on Murray State's Campus. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good ahead of his visit about his inspiration, acclaim and thoughts on the succinctness of poetry.

Adam Day reads this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Clara M. Eagle Gallery in the Price Doyle Fine Arts Center.

Day says the greatest poets in history are Shakespeare and Walt Whitman, who he says changed what poetry looks like in America and Europe. He says he's also inspired by the work of Samuel Beckett, for the "meaningful gaps" connecting pieces of narrative.

His own style of work is deeply concerned with imagery and not always narrative. He says he tends to be playful in his writing and when there narrative, it appears as fractured. He likes the succinctness poetry offers, saying it allows to get at the heart of the matter quickly and creates the possibility of a more concentrated punch or impact to the reader.

Growing up in Louisville, Day first got involved in writing in a young authors program in middle school. As a sophomore in college, he took up writing seriously, eventually winning a PEN Emerging Writers Award.

At his Murray State reading, Day says he'll be reading from his book titled "Model of a City in Civil War." He'll also read some newer work, too.

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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