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Two Utah Poets

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Tuesday, our guests are Utah poets Paisley Rekdal and Jacqueline Osherow. They both have new collections and will join us to talk about and read from their work.

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Tuesday, we're talking to Utah poets Paisley Rekdal and Jacqueline Osherow. Rekdal, Utah’s poet laureate, has created her new collection Nightingale by re-imagining the myths from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It’s a meditation on change and a way of facing trauma in her own life. Osherow’s new book is called My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple. It’s a reflection on her Jewish identity through different religious traditions from around the world. They'll join us to talk about and read from their work.

Paisley Rekdal is Utah Poet Laureate and a professor of English at the University of Utah. Her book Nightingale comes our May 7, and is available for pre-order. [Indie bookstores|Amazon]. On May 6 and 7, she'll be giving a reading of "West: A Poem of the Transcontinental Railroad," commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the railroad. That's at Salt Lake Acting Company in conjunction with David Henry Hwang's "The Dance and the Railroad". Tickets and more information are available at saltlakeactingcompany.org

Jacqueline Osherow is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of Utah. Her new book, My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple, is available now. [Indie bookstores|Amazon]

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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.