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Katharine Coles On 'The Stranger I Become'

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Utah’s former poet laureate Katharine Coles says she walks seven or more miles a day, but she doesn’t do it for fitness. For her, walking — moving her body — is a way of freeing her mind, nudging it away from obsessions.

Coles says that walking was “just part of the experience of growing up,” and it’s stuck with her. Now, she’s written a book of essays called The Stranger I Become: On Walking, Looking, and Writing. It’s a meditation on, yes, walking, but also perception, and it’s really personal. She joins us to talk about why she loves to walk, and of course, poetry. Along the way we’ll explore the power of objects, Coles’ father and how she’s thinking of the pandemic as we begin to step back out into the world.

Katharine Coles' book is The Stranger I Become: On Walking, Looking, and Writing. [Amazon|Bookshop]

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.