Isabelle Shepherd

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Poet Keegan Lester is on a tour with his collection of poetry called this shouldn't be beautiful but it was & it was all i had so i drew it. This collection was published by Slope Editions after Keegan won the 2016 Slope Editions Book Prize. He's on a 28-date tour with the book, mostly sharing readings and signing books in bars and other locations outside the walls of academia. Keegan earned his MFA in Poetry at Columbia University, but this tour seems to represent a break with the university system he criticizes for constraining emerging poets through unyielding and outdated definitions of poetry. Listen above.

If you listen to HQR-News on 91.3, you're probably familiar with the voice of Isabelle Shepherd.  She reports local news every week and recently started hosting Weekend Edition on Saturday mornings.  All of us at WHQR are delighted to have Isabelle with us for another year at the station.  Listen to Isabelle talk about her radio work, her interests (like poetry), and her future plans.