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Poets Barbara Crooker & John Amen on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Today, Thursday April 29th Merry Gangemi welcomes Barbara Crooker and John Amen to Woman-stirred Radio.

Up first at 4:15 (eastern), Barbara will read and discuss poems from her new collection More, (C&R Press, 2010).

Barbara Crooker’s poems have been widely anthologized and published in national journals and magazines including: The Green Mountains Review, The Hollins Critic, The Christian Science Monitor, Smartish Pace, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Nimrod, The Denver Quarterly, The Tampa Review, Poetry International, The Christian Century, and America. She has won many awards, including the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize; the 2006 Ekphrastic Poetry Award; the 2004 WB Yeats Society of New York Award; and the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award. Her book, Radiance, won the 2005 Word Press First Book competition and was a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize. Line Dance, released in 2008, won the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Her poetry has been read on the BBC, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company), and by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. She was a recent reader in the Poetry at Noon series at the Library of Congress.

Then at 5:00 John Amen returns to Woman-Stirred Radio, to talk about his At the Threshold of Alchemy (Pressa press, 2009) and More of me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2005—-an interesting juxtaposition to Crooker’s new collection More).

Amen is the author of three collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press 2003), More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications 2005), and At the Threshold of Alchemy (Presa 2009), and has released two folk/folk rock CDs, All I’ll Never Need and Ridiculous Empire (Cool Midget 2004, 2008). His poetry has appeared in Rattle, The New York Quarterly, The International Poetry Review, Gargoyle, and Blood to Remember. He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas. Amen travels widely giving readings, doing musical performances, and conducting workshops. He founded and continues to edit the award-winning literary bimonthly, The Pedestal Magazine (

So please tune in (91.1 in central VT) or stream Woman-Stirred Radio us live at WGDR. Barbara Crooker at 4:15; John Amen at 5:00. If you want to join the conversation call the air studio at 802.454.7762.