PBS correspondent Jeffrey Brown, Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser, and Minnesota poet Connie Wanek are masters of narrative, image, and metaphor. Through their poetry they bring forth Ezra Pound's famous statements: "Make it new" and "Poetry is news that stays news." This reading and conversation is that rare arch from kitchen-window views to global news, from activities as common as sharing a sandwich and canoeing a remote lake to witnessing and reporting events that grip everyone's attention.
Jeffrey Brown is Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society for PBS NewsHour. As arts correspondent, he has profiled many of the world's leading writers and artists. As senior producer for national affairs for more than a decade, he helped shape the program's coverage of a range of areas, including social policy, culture, and the arts. Additionally, he created "Art Beat,” the NewsHour's online arts and culture blog. His work has garnered an Emmy and five Cine Golden Eagle Awards. His book of poems, The News, is forthcoming in 2015.
Ted Kooser is a two-time US Poet Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner, professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the author of eleven full-length collections of poetry, including Delights and Shadows and Splitting an Order. As Poet Laureate he started the American Life in Poetry project, and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, and the Nation. He has received two NEA fellowships in poetry, the Stanley Kunitz Prize, and a Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council.
Connie Wanek is the author of three books of poetry, including On Speaking Terms. She is a Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress, named in 2006 by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. She is also an editor of To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present.
Michael Wiegers is the poetry editor at Narrative Magazine. A veteran of the nonprofit literary publishing field, he also serves as the executive editor of Copper Canyon Press, a book publishing house dedicated to poetry. Among the many books he has edited are award-winning collections by poets such as Ted Kooser and W. S. Merwin, as well as numerous works by emerging writers. Wiegers divides his time between Port Townsend and Seattle.