May 12, 2016: Poetically Connect + A Tribute to Michael Harper

It's our second show! Poets Charlie Cote and Sarah Freligh stop by to talk about Poetically Connect, their poetry on demand service. We talk about how they got started, the process and experience of writing for others, and more. Also, a tribute to the poet Michael Harper, plus a haiku-off between Charlie and Sarah.

About Charlie Cote:

Charlie Cote is a clinical social worker in private practice and the author of Flying for the Window (Finishing Line Press, 2008), a book of poems about the loss of his firstborn son to cancer in 2005. His most recent work has appeared in Connotation Press, Upstreet, Ducts, Barrow Street, Salamander, Seque, Big City Lit, and The Cortland Review. He teaches poetry at Writers and Books and serves as the board chair for 13Thirty Cancer Connect.

As a clinical social worker, he’s come to appreciate the power of poetry for personal discovery and transformation. Here’s Neuropsychologist Sean Haldane on the subject:

“I now think poetry has more capacity to change people than psychotherapy. If you read a poem and it gets to you, it can shift your perspective in quite a big way, and writing a poem, even more so.”

About Sarah Freligh:

Sarah Freligh is the author of Sad Math, winner of the 2014 Moon City Press Poetry Prize and the 2015 Whirling Prize; A Brief Natural History of an American Girl, winner of the Editor’s Choice award from Accents Publishing, and Sort of Gone, a book of poems that follows the rise and fall of a fictional pitcher named Al Stepansky. Her work has appeared in the Sun Magazine, Brevity, Rattle, Barn Owl Review, on Writer’s Almanac, and anthologized in the 2011 anthology Good Poems: American Places. Among her awards are a 2009 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in 2006.

To learn more about Michael Harper, you can visit the Poetry Foundation website:

Thursday, May 12, 2016