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Courtney Lowery Cowgill On Music, Poetry And Grief

Dec 15, 2020
Courtney Lowery Cowgill's mom Julie went into hospice just as the pandemic was starting and the same week that Montana went under a stay-at-home order. One of the ways Julie's grandkids were able to connect was by way of video chatting.
Courtney Lowery Cowgill

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.

Sue Sinclair
Courtesy Sue Sinclair

This week for Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read "Hey Nonny Nonny," by Canadian poet Sue Sinclair.

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.

This week for Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read "Then I Slept," by Heidi Seaborn.

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.

Jory Mickelson
Jim Ollet

This week for Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read "A River Is," by Jory Mickelson.

Philip Metres
Heidi M. Rolf

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.

'The Iron' By Ed Skoog

Dec 8, 2020
Ed Skoog
Jennifer Marquis

This week for Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read "The Iron," by Ed Skoog, which can be found in his latest book Travelers Leaving for the City and online in Poetry Daily.

Melissa Kwasny
Humanities Montana

This week for Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read "The Snow Geese Path," by Melissa Kwasny. You can also read the poem, which was originally published in High Desert Journal.

The 100 Best Songs Of 2020

Dec 7, 2020

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.

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