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Poet Mark Strand

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Mark Strand at a poetry conference in Madrid, 2013

Mark Strand has been described as a poet of simple words. But his body of acclaimed work is playful and mysterious - a voyage through the sound of language. Strand died last weekend. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winner, a former US Poet Laureate, and he was regarded as one of the greatest poets of his generation. Strand joined us on the show back in 2007, and Friday we're rebroadcasting that conversation with a remarkable man and a truly gifted poet. (Rebroadcast)

Mark Strand was a poet, essayist, and translator. He served as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1990 to 1991. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1999 for his book Blizzard of One. He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University for nine years. He died on November 29. We spoke with him on September 28, 2007, when he was visiting Salt Lake City. Find his books at Amazon and at these local independent bookstores: The King's English; Weller Book Works; Ken Sanders Rare Books.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.