Big Mike’s B-town: Cristian Medina, Scientist, Poet, Chess Leader
Cristian Medina, a poet, cook, IU researcher, and chess leader from Arica, Chile, has found plenty to keep him busy since moving to Bloomington in the mid-2000s. LP columnist Michael G. Glab talks to Medina about his hometown — bordered by ocean, mountains, and desert — geology and climate change, his work founding Cardboard House Press, and more in the latest Big-Mike’s B-town. Click here to read the full story.
Beyond Reading, Adult Literacy Is Survival
Literacy is survival. It’s a housing application, a citizenship test, health insurance, a job that can support a family. Writer Michelle Gottschlich says literacy operates on the question, “Does my level of reading and comprehension empower me?” She shows us several groups helping to break down the barriers to literacy — and empowering people in our community. Click here to read the full story.
Big Mike’s B-town: Abegunde, Writing to Heal
Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde has been given many names, each one representative of her own history, her family’s history, and her Yoruba cultural heritage. And, like her names, Abegunde’s work represents the personal and the historical. LP columnist Michael G. Glab talks with the poet and scholar about her work with healing and social justice. Click here to read the full story.
Page vs. Stage: The ‘Deep Rift’ in Poetry Today
Poet Michelle Gottschlich considers the differences between page and spoken word poetry — between personal histories and “posthuman identity,” between poems expressing unique voice and those searching for universal truths. Acknowledging the impossibility of getting at the heart of it all, she explores the “deep rift” in poetry, known as “Page vs. Stage.” Click here to read the full story.
David Torneo: Bloomington’s Ambassador of Poetry
Publisher, poet, playwright, promoter — all of these describe David Torneo, but you could just as easily call him Bloomington’s Ambassador of Poetry. Torneo may spend more time promoting the work of other poets than he does his own, whether by organizing book launches and public poetry readings for local and national poets or interviewing poets for podcasts. He also publishes Ledge Mule Press, a quarterly publication made in limited editions with handmade techniques. Click here to read the full story.