April 22, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
Poets Laureate to be Featured on Spectrum West April 24
Eau Claire poets Max Garland and Bruce Taylor will talk about the craft of writing on Spectrum West Thursday, April 24 at 10 a.m. on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network stations 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. This week’s program will also feature a 13-year-old Eau Claire novelist, and will look ahead to the Chippewa Valley Theatre’ Guild’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the Valley Art Association’s Fine Art Faire in Chippewa Falls, and the Essentially Eau Claire jazz concert in Eau Claire.
Host Al Ross will welcome Garland and Taylor, poets laureate for the state of Wisconsin and the City of Eau Claire, respectively. Garland and Taylor will share their approach to writing and discuss some of the best-known and most-loved poets during National Poetry Month.
Author Emily Rawn, writing under the pseudonym Emily Page, will talk to Ross about the release of her first book in a young adult trilogy, “The Spirit Realm.” Rawn is a thirteen-year-old seventh grader at Delong Middle School in Eau Claire. She will share her aspirations and talk about her work.
Special correspondent Jim Oliver will welcome Katie Schumacher, director of the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild Production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The production opens Thursday and runs through Sunday at the State Theatre in Eau Claire.
Ruth Lundblad, an member of the Valley Art Association, will give a preview of the association’s Fine Art Faire. The Faire will be in the Fine Arts Building at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls during Springfest this weekend.
Eric Dasher, band director and organizer, joins Ross to talk about the third annual Essentially Eau Claire jazz concert scheduled for April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial High School auditorium. The concert features Chippewa Falls native and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate Tom Luer, a professional sax player living in Los Angeles.
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 Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie.
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