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Notes on Music and Meaning: A Chat with the Poet Erica Hunt

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[Aired Tuesday, March 6th.] On today's show, we speak with the New York-based poet Erica Hunt, who'll give a free-to-the-public reading of her poetry tonight on the TU campus. Her reading is presented by the TU Department of English / Creative Writing; it takes place in the Faculty Study of McFarlin Library, beginning at 7:30pm. As we learn on today's show, Hunt has also worked as a housing organizer, radio producer, poetry teacher, and social justice advocate. In addition to her three books of poems --- which are "Arcade," "Piece Logic," and "Local History" --- Hunt has also written widely on such scholarly topics as experimental poetry and poetics, critical race theory, and feminist aesthetics. Today, she's the president of The Twenty-First Century Foundation, which supports organizations addressing root causes of social injustice impacting the black community. Hunt is also a poet who's frequently collaborated with musicians --- a writer who thinks about both "the page and the stage" when creating her work --- and her husband is the highly regarded avant-garde jazz musician, Marty Ehrlich. (To learn more about Hunt's life and work, please visit http://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grant_recipients/ericahunt.html.)

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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