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Today two very nice things are happening for me and my poetry!

The first is that an interview of me by Daisy Mathias and reading of my poems is being broadcast at 5 p.m.on WMUA, 91.1 FM., the radio station of UMass.

For eleven years, Daisy Mathias has produced a weekly radio program on WMUA-Amherst, 91.1 FM, the student and community radio station of UMass-Amherst. Poetry à la Carte features poems both ancient and modern, commentary, and interviews with local poets. The program is streamed live at, Mondays, 5 pm EST.

In her spare time, Daisy consults as a pediatric speech-language pathologist at Shriners Hospital, Springfield, MA.

And the second is that a poem of mine is being featured on Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry.

Newspapers carrying the column download it as a PDF and run it on their usual print schedules.

People in 71 countries now receive the column in Nepal, Indonesia, Uganda, Bangladesh, Egypt, Tunisia, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, most of Europe, Mexico, India, The Philippines, Turkey, China, Viet Nam, South Korea, Canada, Myanmar, Argentina, Tarawa Atoll, the U.K., and U.S. Readers from Maine to Hawaii. It’s amazing to think of people in all these places reading the work of contemporary American poets each Monday.

Current readership is about 3,500,000 per week. Subscribers receive it electronically.


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5 Responses to Two Lovely Things Happening TODAY – January 15, 2018

  • Jan Haag says:

    Bravo, Pat! It’s so lovely to see you on the local and national stage… so proud of you!

  • Barbara Cole says:

    Just the phrase “Two Lovely…” is a good reminder that there are lovely things happening all over the world despite what it can seem like at times.

    Thanks, Pat, for sharing these.

  • Jacqueline Bonanno says:

    Pat, it was a delight to hear you read your poetry tonight. I am grateful to have met you and smile as I could picture you and Peter walking up those stairs. May you be stronger every day and continue to write poems that inspire me, make me laugh and bring me to tears.
    Thank You

  • Helen Sears says:

    Oh, well done! Many, many congratulations to you, Dear Lady! May these feed your soul at the deepest levels, for this recognition is very much part of everything you have given to thousands and thousands of us already. You have always been a poet and artist on many levels.

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