Frost Medal Award Winner to be Featured on Spectrum West

April 16, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Al Ross
715-839-3868

Frost Medal Award Winner to be Featured on Spectrum West

Marilyn Nelson, winner of the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America, will be featured on Spectrum West this Friday, April 19 at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls. Other topics include the University of Wisconsin – River Falls’ Wyman Series presentation of “What’s your Tree? Believe in your Dreams and your Power to Change the World,” the Menomonie Theater Guild’s production of “Our Town” and the Eau Claire Male Chorus’ upcoming concert, “The Big Sing.”

Host Al Ross welcomes Marilyn Nelson, winner of the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America for “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.” She will speak on her career and share a verse or two. Nelson will read some of her works during the annual “Chippewa Valley Reads” event in the Woodland Theater in the W.R. Davies Student Center at the UW-Eau Claire on April 23.

Julia Butterfly Hill also joins the show. A guest at the UW-River Falls Wyman Series for the presentation “What’s your Tree? Believe in your Dreams and your Power to Change the World,” Hill will speak about her experience living in the canopy of a California Redwood. She will also discuss her book “The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods.”

Special correspondent Jim Oliver will join the show with his segment, “What’s On-Stage in Western Wisconsin.” Oliver will also speak with Susan Weston, director of the Menomonie Theater Guild’s production of “Our Town” that will open April 26 at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie.

Robert Wierman will join the show to preview the Eau Claire Male Chorus’ upcoming concert “The Big Sing.” “The Big Sing” features over 300 male singers in individual and combined choruses from across the Midwest and special guests the UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen. The concert begins on April 27 in the Zorn Arena at UW-Eau Claire at 7 p.m.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in Western Wisconsin.  The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more.  It is heard weekly on Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls.

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