This story originally appeared June 01, 2016 on The Progressive website. Madison, Wisconsin, and the world have lost a great voice for peace and justice. Poet and activist Daniel Kunene died this past week at the age of 93. Kunene was a professor emeritus in the University of Wisconsin Department of African Languages and Literature […]
Guest interviewer Nadya Ponce, of Mexico City, talks to Madison’s first “latino” poet laureate Óscar Mireles. Mireles talks about his work—particularly the editing of I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin–, his origins, and how he learned to speak Spanish.
Poet and University of Wisconsin-Madison Spanish professor Rubén Medina talks to guest interviewer Chris Chapman, of WORT’s En nuestro patio, about the new edition of Medina’s book Nomadic Nation/Nación nómada. Medina reads some of his poems and explains his use of language and languages in his work.
Melvin Hinton met his guest Rachel Krings in the Oral Interpretation course at Madison College. They talk about their class and their mutual love of “oral interpretation”, including reading to children.
Melvin Hinton’s guest Miranda Hawk, head of the Department of Communication and Performing Arts at Madison College, discusses the role of theater, oral interpretation and the performing arts in our lives. Miranda also reads from the play Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris, which she will direct later this year.
Holiday poems and prose presented by Melvin Hinton offering a little something for everyone. Melvin reads poems from Christina Georgina Rossetti (“Christmas Eve” and “Christmas Tide“) and Clement Moore’s seasonal “Twas the Night Before Christmas“.