Poetry

Mark Nepo / marknepo.com

Mark Nepo says he's always been a heart-centered person. He has written several best-selling books about many things, including having an awakening to having the courage to be conscious and caring. He speaks around the world, encouraging others to be fully awake and fully alive with this one life we have to live.

He shares more of his personal journey and mission with WEMU's Lisa Barry.


Untold Stories of Liberation and Love / liberationstories.com

This week on "On The Ground Ypsi," Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg talk about a zine, which is a project of an Ypsilanti-based poetry collective organized by women of color called "Untold Stories of Liberation and Love."  They are joined by local poet Connstynce Chege, who reads part of one of her poems she submitted to the collective and is being included.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Sometimes, getting teenagers to share what is on their minds is not that easy.  But in this week's "On The Ground Ypsi," Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg talk with Gail Wolkoff, executive director of "Educate Youth" in Ypsilanti, about a book of poetry written by local students.  The students were encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings about the pandemic and other world events in poetry, which was put together as a booklet called "Spiritual Warriors."


Benegemah Press / bgbooksup.com

B.G. Bradley has lived in Michigan's Upper Peninsula his entire life.  He has authored a series of books set in the northern part of the state and will soon be publishing a book of poetry, which includes a poem for every day of the year.  He spoke with WEMU's Lisa Barry about his writing and the inspiration he gathers living in the northern part of the state with its rough weather and natural beauty.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

When young people experience physical and/or emotional trauma, it becomes difficult for them to express themselves.  After seeing a group of former inmates perform theatre and poetry, Deborah Gordon-Gurfinkel developed the "Telling It" program, which helps kids cope with their experience through the visual and performing arts.  She, along with fellow counselors Cozine Welch and Kelly Kundrat, talk about what the program seeks to achieve in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi" with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

For over a century, a club in Ypsilanti has served as an outlet for local women to discuss literature.  Their history is as rich and interesting as the clubhouse they use for meetings.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan visited the Hidden in Plain Sight club and has the story.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

There was a house in Ann Arbor was a place where people could celebrate life with music, poetry, and delicious pancakes.  Patrick Elkins and his friends, who once occupied the so-called "Totally Awesome House," decided to take such a celebration to a wider audience and created the "Totally Awesome Fest" in Ypsilanti.  Elkins joins WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg to talk about this year's festival on this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Every April, millions of readers, teachers, librarians and, of course, poets celebrate the art of poetry during National Poetry Month.  Each Friday this month, we are featuring someone from the Eastern Michigan University community sharing a poem on WEMU.

This week, we hear from Randal Baier, media and fine arts faculty librarian at EMU, reading "Let's Eat Stars" by Nanao Sakaki.

Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Every April, millions of readers, teachers, librarians, and, of course, poets celebrate the art of poetry during National Poetry Month.  Each Friday this month, we will feature someone from the Eastern Michigan University community sharing a poem on WEMU.

This week, we will hear from recent EMU graduate and poet Caroline Wright, reading an original piece she calls "Living in the Tropics."


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Every April, millions of readers, teachers, librarians, and, of course, poets celebrate the art of poetry during National Poetry Month.  Each Friday this month, we will feature someone from the Eastern Michigan University community sharing a poem on WEMU.

This week, we will hear from Dr. John Staunton, professor of American literature and coordinator of English education at EMU, reading “Sonnet” by Billy Collins.


Lisa Barry

Five year-old Ziare Gunn, a student at the Ford Early Learning Center in Ypsilanti, is gaining a lot of recognition for memorizing and reciting a special poem for Black History Month.  He joined 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry in studio along with his grandmother and teacher and shares the poem with WEMU listeners, saying it "makes his heart feel good."


Lisa Barry

A special "comic-con" type event is being planned in Ypsilanti called "Hero Nation-Ypsilanti."

Organizer Jermaine Dickerson says it's an event designed to give a voice to those who might not feel heard.  It celebrates superheroes and diversity with the mission that everyone has a hero inside of themselves that deserves to be celebrated.

Dickerson joined 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry for a conversation about the free, family-friendly event taking place on September 9th at the Parkridge Community Center from 1-6 p.m.


Join host Maya Angelou on 89.1 WEMU Friday, February 8, at 9am. Angelou poetically and historically covers milestones by African Americans in Nobel Peace Prize, Grammy, Academy Awards, and cultural awards.