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.
Ross Lockridge Jr., a Great American Tragedy
In 1948, Ross Lockridge Jr. died by suicide in Bloomington just months after his best-selling novel, Raintree County
, was published. In 2014, Doug Storm interviewed two of Lockridge’s sons for Interchange
, his show on WFHB. Here, Storm writes about the sons’ conflicting opinions on the suicide and the assessment of Raintree County
as the Great American Novel. 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.