Courtney Lowery Cowgill On Music, Poetry And Grief
So many of the ways we traditionally grieve a loved one, or bear witness to their death, aren't possible during a global pandemic. Courtney Lowery Cowgill lost her mother to cancer just as the COVID-19 hit the U.S. Her father died eight months later, also of cancer. She and her brother were grateful that they were, unlike many others, able to be with both of their parents in their last days. Like for many, however, their deep personal losses blend into a backdrop of tremendous global loss.
This week for Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read "Winter Field," by former University of Montana professor Joanna Klink. This poem was published both in the Boston Review and in her collection, Circadian, out from Penguin Poets.
Anne Helen Petersen Talks Millennial Burnout And The Gig Economy - Part 1
In the first of a two-part conversation, author and cultural critic Anne Helen Petersen chats about the generational evolution of burnout and the challenges of the gig economy, which she writes about in her newest book, Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation.
This week for Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read "Devotional (after a Muslim Prayer)," by Philip Metres. This poem is the winner of the 2016 Poetry Society of American Lyric Award.
Welcome to a whopper of a mixtape. If you've been living under the rock 2020 dropped on all of us back in March and spent the last nine months finding comfort in the sounds of your childhood (hell, even 2019), we have some good news for you: As crappy as this year has been for anyone with a shred of empathy, the jams were ample. When the news cycle had us at a loss for words, we found quiet songs to speak for us. When we wanted to smile without looking at our phones, buoyant distractions abounded.