“Crossroads: Change in Rural America” Concludes Statewide Tour 
“Crossroads: Change in Rural America” Concludes Statewide Tour 

When the six Indiana hosts of the Smithsonian exhibition Crossroads: Change in Rural America first came together nearly two years ago, little did they know what the coming years had in store or how the conversation about rural America would evolve. Over the past year, Crossroads has toured the Hoosier state, bringing communities together to talk about …

August 24, 2020
Poetry in Our Time: Conversation with Susan Neville
Poetry in Our Time: Conversation with Susan Neville

“On Poetry and Music” by Susan Neville   It is difficult/to get the news from poems/yet men die miserably every day/for lack/of what is found there.  William Carlos Williams, from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower” I didn’t really understand poetry until I was in my forties and then one day I …

April 24, 2020
Poetry in Our Time: Conversation with Dan Wakefield
Poetry in Our Time: Conversation with Dan Wakefield

“How Poetry Saved Me” by Dan Wakefield My initiation into trying to understand and deal with life was through poetry. In high school Carl Sandburg was a big force for me. I went to Shortridge High School in the great days — a decade after Vonnegut. A teacher known as …

April 17, 2020
Poetry in Our Time: Conversation with Rosalie Moffett
Poetry in Our Time: Conversation with Rosalie Moffett

Why is poetry important to you personally? Poetry, both reading and writing it, is my way of being in the world. It’s my way of paying attention. Of picking the world apart to look at it closely.  My parents are both biologists who might say they were drawn to science …

April 10, 2020
Poetry in Our Time: Conversation with Marianne Boruch
Poetry in Our Time: Conversation with Marianne Boruch

On Memory Theaters and Why oh Why I’ve gone rogue and emeritus now after teaching poets for 30-some years at Purdue University, retiring May 2018, but I always required both my undergrad and graduate students to memorize and recite poems. It was our habit to start each class hearing someone …

April 3, 2020
Poetry in Our Time: Conversations for National Poetry Month
Poetry in Our Time: Conversations for National Poetry Month

During these strange and unsettling times, my travel, reading, and teaching plans as State Poet Laureate have all been curtailed, so I decided to reach out via the internet.  In honor of National Poetry Month, I’ve asked a number of Indiana writers to respond to a series of questions concerning …

March 31, 2020
INseparable Suburbia
INseparable Suburbia

Hulu’s miniseries Little Fires Everywhere premieres this month, giving us a great opportunity to think about how we cross divides like class and race, as well as how we traverse the geographical middle ground that is the American suburb. Starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, the show centers on the …

March 16, 2020
National Poetry Month: More Staff Reflections

BRONWEN Is April really the “cruellest month?” Though perhaps more famous for his modernist poetry such as The Wasteland and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” T.S. Eliot wrote a batch of poems about cats for his godchildren in the 1930s, and they’ve remained among my favorites for some …

April 30, 2019