National Poetry Month

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In honor of National Poetry Month this April, WKMS presents its 15th annual Poetry Minutes. Author and creative writing instructor at Murray State University, Constance Alexander, visits the Sounds Good studio to discuss this year's Poetry Minutes -- and helps Tracy Ross write a short poem himself in an on-air, pop-up poetry workshop. 

Poetry Minutes 2019: Write a Poem of Gratitude

Feb 25, 2019
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National Poetry Month is not until April but preparations are already underway in Calloway County.  WKMS is celebrating by broadcasting original short poems every day for the fifteenth year of Poetry Minutes. This year, we're inviting anyone ages 13 on up to write poems in 60 words or less, to be broadcast as Poetry Minutes.

The theme of gratitude is the centerpiece of this year’s Poetry Minutes, and writers of all experience and skill levels are invited to take the challenge to write short poems of 60 words or less.

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    Constance Alexander is a prolific poet, author, and businesswoman. In March/April of 2017, she was the featured artist of the Kentucky Arts Council. In honor of National Poetry Month, she visits Sounds Good to recite poetry minutes and discuss upcoming NPM events. 

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April is National Poetry Month!

Hear Poetry Minutes on WKMS weekdays in April at 8:30 a.m. during Morning Edition, approximately 11:20 p.m. during Sounds Good and at 4:18 p.m. during All Things Considered.

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Paducah-based poet Samuel "Snacks" Hawkins has been performing his poetry at events around the region for many years (including the 2014 WKMS Battle of the Bands Competition at Maiden Alley Cinema). On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte learns about his new book This is Why Kids Wanna Stay Up Late, hears some of his poetry, and his process teaching kids poetry in class workshops.

Hopkinsville author Michael Freeland joins us on Sounds Good to read from and discuss his recently published book of poetry, Homeplace: Finding Poetry in Everyday Places. Freeland has also published Blood River to Berlin - The World War II Journal of an Army Medic and Time and the River - A Memoir

April is National Poetry Month!

Hear Poetry Minutes on WKMS weekdays in April at 7:19 a.m. during Morning Edition, at 11:19 a.m. during Sounds Good and at 4:19 p.m. during All Things Considered.

Celebrating Shakespearean Sonnets

Teaching Poetry to Kids and Recording for Radio

Apr 8, 2013

Murray State’s Teacher Quality Institute’s Constance Alexander brings poetry to the studio on Sounds Good today. She’s produced Poetry Minutes for WKMS over the past several years. In the conversation, she reads some of the poems written by area school kids for the project, and talks about teaching poetry to kids, how to interpret something like a photo or painting using carefully constructed words.

Click here to listen to this year's Poetry Minutes.

Bonus: Here's last year's Poetry Minutes!

Shakespeare in the Schools Partnership

Apr 27, 2012

As National Poetry Month closes we’re bringing you a glimpse into Murray Middle School classroom activities with the Shakespeare in the Schools Partnership Initiative.  It coordinates with the annual Shakespeare Festival at Murray.  Murray State faculty member Dr. Barbara Cobb brought the Bard’s sonnets to Murray Middle and is here to share a sample of student responses.