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The Moe Green Poetry Poetry Discussion hosted Rafael F J Alvarado & Brett-Candace

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Join Rafael as he talks to Diane Wakosk Diane Wakoski, who was born in Southern California and educated at UC, Berkeley, lived and began her poetry career in New York City from 1960-1973. She has earned her living as a book store clerk, a junior high school teacher in Manhattan, a library story-teller, a Visiting Writer and, for ten years on-the-road, by giving poetry readings on college campuses. Since 1975, she has been Poet In Residence at Michigan State University, where she continues to teach as a University Distinguished Professor. Her work has been published in more than twenty collections, as well as many slim volumes of poetry since her first book, COINS & COFFINS, was published by Hawk's Well Press in 1962. Her selected poems, EMERALD ICE, won the William Carlos Williams prize from the Poetry Society of America in 1989. A new edition of EMERALD ICE was published in 2005 by Godine Press. In the nineties, Wakoski completed a four volume epic poem of The West, using the Medea myth and simple allusions to the ideas posed by quantum theory, called THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF MOVIES AND BOOKS. Since 2000, when her last collection, THE BUTCHER'S APRON (a selected poems focusing on the aesthetics of food and drink), was published, she has completed a new collection, THE DIAMOND DOG POEMS, which was published this pring, 2010, by Anhinga Press. She is working on a longer collection of new poems, tentatively titled PALM TREES AND CELLULOID LONGINGS.