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Celebrating National Poetry Month, Locally

J. Junker

April is National Poetry Month. On The Point, we welcome three poet guests. 

First, we speak with Alice Kociemba and Rich Youmans. They're editors of a soon-to-be published anthology entitled From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod and the Islands Through Poetry. The anthology is being published through Bass River Press under the umbrella of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Kociemba is founding director of Calliope Poetry Series in Falmouth, and currently the guest editor for Common Threads, a collaborative project published annually by the Mass Poetry organization.

Next we hear from Justen AhrenMartha's Vineyard Poet Laureate.  He has a new collection of poems called A Machine for Remembering, and a new album. He talks about inspirations for the album: a piano that briefly was stored at his house; and migrants who he assisted that are living in a Greek refugee camp. 


Celebrating National Poetry Month, Locally
Interview with poet Justen Ahren



Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.