The Poetry Break

West Virginia's poet laureate Marc Harshman highlights here work of the late William Bronk.

Bronk won the National Book Award for poetry in 1981 long before his death in 1999.

Do not look to Bronk for metaphor or imagery, but instead - masterful use of syntax to evoke nuances of life. Harshman pulls some of the spare poetry of the New York native William Bronk in this month's Poetry Break.

Solar Array Planned for Kentucky Surface Mine

Apr 20, 2017
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, in Louisville, Kentucky reporter Erica Peterson checks out the plans to put a solar array on the site of a surface mine in Pikeville and Poet Laureate Marc Harshman is along with a poetry break.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton looks at the Affordable Care Act and how the law makes it easier for coal miners to receive black lung benefits and Clark Davis talks with Huntington native Griffin McElroy who’s been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list for media.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Ann W. Olson

Host Marc Harshman calls her, “the most ‘can-do-anything’ poet in America.” George Ella Lyon is a novelist, essayist, teacher, activist, musician, lyricist, children’s author, playwright, and poet. She was named poet laureate of Kentucky in 2015.

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On West Virginia Morning, experts say recovering gambling addicts are in danger of relapsing during the holidays.  Appalachia Health news reporter Kara Lofton has that story and we’ll hear some of the latest poetry from West Virginia’s poet laureate Marc Harshman.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Marc Harshman, poet laureate of West Virginia has just seen his second full length collection of poetry published by the Vandalia Press at West Virginia University called Believe What You Can

Carina Romano

Linda Pastan has had a prolific career during the course of which she won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and twice was named a finalist for the National Book Award. She is, as well, past poet laureate of Maryland.

Richard Hague was raised in that northern outpost of Appalachia, Steubenville, Ohio, and has lived his adult life in another Appalachian city of Ohio, Cincinnati.  The author of over eight books of poetry, and numerous chapbooks, his collected volume, During the Recent Extinctions, won the prestigious Weatherford Award as the finest book of poetry published in Appalachia in 2013.  

The Day 26 People Overdosed on Tainted Heroin

Aug 18, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis has more from Huntington about the day 26 people overdosed on heroin in the span of four hours and West Virginia’s poet laureate Marc Harshman is along with this month’s poetry break. 

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Brett Weinstein

She was born in Knoxville and raised in Cincinnati. The poems of Nikki Giovanni reflect her pride as both a black American woman, and an author with deep roots in Appalachia.  She is revered not only for her poetry but for her work as essayist, children’s author, activist, and teacher. The recipient of 7 NAACP Image Awards, the Langston Hughes medal, a Grammy nominee, National Book Award finalist – her achievements are unique and impressive.

Historic Harpers Ferry Coming Back After 2015 Fire

Jul 22, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, it’s been one year since a fire destroyed historic buildings in Harpers Ferry.  Reporter Liz McCormick looks back and Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams are along with the Mountain Stage song of the week. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Jayne Anne Phillips is one of the finest novelists living in America today. Her many books have garnered honors that include being a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, short listed for the prestigious Orange Prize, one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly, a New York Times Best Seller and many, many others.

Buckhannon Sheep Shearer Prepares for Retirement

Jun 23, 2016

On this West Virginia Morning, Roxy Todd brings us a report on a long-time sheep shearer and why he
 feels the time is right for retirement, and we listen to some poety from Jeff Mann.

Raised in Covington, Virginia, and Hinton West Virginia, Jeff Mann is an author of novels, essays, short fiction, a memoir, and poems. 

A significant portion of his work examines the LGBTQ experience, especially as witnessed in Appalachia. He’s won many awards for his work including a Rainbow Award for Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War, as well as the John Preston Short Fiction Award and many others. 

Mann is currently associate professor in creative writing at Virginia Tech.

This month's Poetry Break features the work of Maggie Anderson.

"Maggie Anderson is that rare gift [to all writers] in that she is held in equal esteem as not only a superlative poet but a superlative teacher," said March Harshman.  "Professor Emerita and past Director of the Wick Poetry Program at Kent State University, she is the author of many highly acclaimed volumes of poetry."

Cornell Chronicle

Robert Morgan is a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Essayist, novelist, teacher, short-story author, poet, and “an unassuming gentleman and a friend to artists everywhere,” Harshman said. His novel Gap Creek was a selection of the Oprah Book Club and a New York Times Best Seller.

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West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman delivers the poetry of his predecessor's predecessor in this Poetry Break, Louise McNeill.

"I know I'm in the presence of a truly superior poet when   I go back and rediscover poems and realize how amazingly timely they still are," said host and curator Marc Harshman. 

Kate Long

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman delivers the poetry of his predecessor in this Poetry Break. Irene McKinney was a remarkable woman, greatly admired as a poet and teacher, " Harshman said. "She was the kind of poet who could accomplish in a few seconds that deep trust with her readers that compel them to follow her words." 

West Virginia University Press is set to publish West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman's latest collection of poetry: Believe What You Can in October 2016. And the publishers are looking for help in choosing a cover for the book.

Andrew Croft

A new podcast from West Virginia Public Broadcasting features poets from Appalachia and around the world. The Poetry Break is hosted and curated by West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman.

Harshman delivers poems and commentary, and the first episode features some of his own work from Green-Silver and Silent , and published by Bottom Dog Press (2012), and the forthcoming Believe What You Can to be published by Vandalia Press of West Virginia University in 2016.