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World Wide Word

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Kim McMillon guest hosts this lively hour with poets Rebecca Foust, Joan Gelfand, and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. This powerful hour of women poets is built around the themes of healing not just ourselves, but our families an environment through poetry that speaks to what we can do for a better planet, and healthier lives. A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams, Joan Gelfand’s second collection of poetry is a richly layered collection that speaks to environmental destruction, economic finagling, rampant globalization as well as nature, friends and family, and the love that sustains us. California Poet Laureate Al Young wrote. "...Joan Gelfand’s poems vibrate, shudder or take flight, roaring and purring to safe and not so safe landings in the heart, in the gut. Readers, beware. This is powerful stuff.” Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the author of The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success which is already receiving acclaim. Cheryl Wright of Writer2Writer.com says, "The Frugal Editor will become a well-used reference for writers around the world." Carolyn was awarded Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the California Legislature; her home town's Character and Ethics Commission honored her for work on promoting tolerance, and the Pasadena Weekly named her to their list of "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen" for literary activism. Rebecca Foust’s latest collection of poetry, Mom’s Canoe was the winner of the 2008 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize, and was released by Texas Review Press in February 2009. Its poetry deal with living in poverty in the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania, an area of once-pristine rural landscapes. Foust is also the author of Dark Card, a book of poetry about raising a son with Aspberger’s Syndrome, winner of the 2007 Phillips Poetry Prize.