Poetry Moment highlights the wealth of poets and poetry in Pennsylvania. The series is a collaboration between WPSU and Penn State Laureate Shara McCallum. Each week during her tenure as the 2021-22 Laureate, McCallum will select, introduce, and read poems by a sampling of living Pennsylvania poets from different regions of our state. In her work as Laureate, McCallum seeks to focus attention on the ways poetry speaks to our individual and collective histories and arises out of the places we inhabit and that inhabit us.
From Jamaica, and born to a Jamaican father and Venezuelan mother, McCallum is the author of six books published in the US & UK, including most recently “No Ruined Stone.” “La historia es un cuarto/History is a Room,” an anthology of poems selected from across her six books and translated into Spanish by Adalber Salas Hernández, was published in 2021 by Mantis Editores in Mexico. McCallum is an Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Penn State University and the 2021-22 Penn State Laureate.
You can find out more about her on her website: www.sharamccallum.com
Poetry Moment music is by State College musician Eric Ian Farmer.
On this episode of Poetry Moment on WPSU, Penn State Laureate Shara McCallum looks at the work of Le Hinton including his poem “Epidemic.”
On this episode of Poetry Moment on WPSU, Penn State laureate Shara McCallum looks at the work of Rachel Mennies, including her poem “The Creation of Temple Beth Shalom.”
On this episode of Poetry Moment on WPSU, Penn State laureate Shara McCallum looks at the work of Julia Spicher Kasdorf, including her poem “Swallows Over Bellefonte.”