Landward

with Catherine Young

Thursdays around 8:25AM

Catherine Young is a performing artist and writer whose life is devoted to protecting water. Trained in fluvial geomorphology, Catherine worked as a national park ranger, naturalist, educator, farmer, and mother before completing her MFA in creative writing in British Columbia. Her prose and poetry has been nominated for Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays and is published internationally and nationally, including in the anthologies The Driftless Reader and Contours.  She is the author of the memoir of place, Black Diamonds: A Childhood Colored by Coal (Torrey House Press)and the ecopoetry collection Geosmin  (Water’s Edge Press, Midwest Book Awards Silver Medal).

Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin’s Driftless bioregion. Her podcasts and writings can be found at: www.catherineyoungwriter.com/

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May 16th, 2024

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May 16th, 2024
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In the poem COMFORTS OF THE SUN by Joyce Sutphen growing up on a farm is a more intimate connection than knowing. The poem is from her collection Carrying Water to the Field.

May 9th, 2024

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May 9th, 2024
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GIRL ON A TRACTOR by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, is from her collection Carrying Water to the Field.

May 2nd, 2024

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May 2nd, 2024
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FIRST WORDS by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, is from her collection Carrying Water to the Field. Sutphen names the first words of the child on a farm and the world that they build.

April 25th, 2024

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April 25th, 2024
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TORNADO WARNING by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, is from her collection Carrying Water to the Field.

April 18th, 2024

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April 18th, 2024
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DEAR SKY, DEAR BLUE PLANET is a community poem created from responses to Kimberly Blaeser’s prompt at the American Geophysical Union 2022 conference as part of Poets for Science. A video of the poem and its collaborators can be viewed on YouTube.

April 11th, 2024

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April 11th, 2024
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In almost childlike verse, the poem IN THE TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE describes the devastation of floods in southwest Wisconsin in 2018, and it was published in Catherine Young’s ecopoetry collection Geosmin by Water’s Edge’s in 2022. DANDELIONS, also by Catherine Young, is a poem of resilience and it was anthologized in Tiny Seed Journal in 2023.

April 4th, 2024

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April 4th, 2024
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THE BLUE IN THE DISTANCE by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, is from her collection Carrying Water to the Field. The poet paints April’s color shift as it moves on the land.

March 28th, 2024

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March 28th, 2024
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STRAIGHT OUT OF VIEW by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, is from her collection Carrying Water to the Field. The poet moves us from page — to rural land — and then back again.

March 21st, 2024

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March 21st, 2024
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In this essay, And Then I Went Back to the Land, Catherine Young takes us on a journey from the Great Depression through food co-ops considering where our food comes from and why.

March 14th, 2024

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March 14th, 2024
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Rich in description of desert landscape, Mussentuchit Badlandsis from the memoir When I Was Red Clay: A Journey of Identity, Healing and Wonderby Jonathan T Bailey, published in 2022 by Torrey House Press.

March 7th, 2024

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March 7th, 2024
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In this memoir piece In That River I Saw Him Again, Catherine Young tells a story of trains, photography and what the heart remembers.

February 29th, 2024

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February 29th, 2024
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DENDROUS AND MATTER by Catherine Young are two poems that look at the poetry in science. They are from her collection Geosmin published in 2022 by Water’s Edge Press.

February 22nd, 2024

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February 22nd, 2024
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Gas Stove is from the memoir Black Diamonds: a Childhood Colored by Coal by Catherine Young, published in 2023 by Torrey House Press. The memoir looks back on childhood in a Pennsylvania coal mining Valley, and Gas Stove tells of the shift from coal to gas in the early 1960s.

February 15th, 2024

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February 15th, 2024
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AT FIRST SIGHT by Catherine Young is a short poem for the mid-winter celebration of love.

February 8th, 2024

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February 8th, 2024
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TO SURVIVNG COLD WINTERS by Daniel Smith is from Poems from the Winter House published in 2023

by Water’s Edge Press.

February 1st, 2024

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February 1st, 2024
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Diamonds is from the memoir of place Black Diamonds: A Childhood Colored by Coal by Catherine Young, published in 2023 by Torrey House Press. The memoir looks back on childhood in a Pennsylvania coal mining Valley, and Diamonds looks at coal in 1960s.

January 25th, 2024

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January 25th, 2024
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In SHELL DREAMS, FLAT AS KANSAS & ABOVE THE CONDOS by Wisconsin poet Ed Block portrays winters on Sanibel Island. From his collection Shell Dreams published in 2021 by Water’s Edge Press.

January 18th, 2024

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January 18th, 2024
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Two poems from Wisconsin writers: IN THE COLD by Daniel Smith from Poems from the Winter House published in 2023 by Water’s Edge Press and WINTER RIVER by Jan Wellik read by permission.

January 11th, 2024

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January 11th, 2024
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THE FARM by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, from her collection Carrying Water to the Field. Reminiscent of a psalm, the farm father is a world maker and provider parting the snowy sea.

January 4th, 2024

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January 4th, 2024
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This story about marking time is excerpted from Tracing Time: Seasons of Rock Art on the Colorado Plateau by Craig Childs, published in 2022 by Torrey House Press.

December 28th, 2023

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December 28th, 2023
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WHAT REMAINS by Catherine Young holds the silvery memories of late December. The poem is from her ecopoetry collection Geosmin published in 2022 by Water’s Edge Press.

December 21st, 2023

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December 21st, 2023
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THE SHORTEST DAYS by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, from her collection Carrying Water to
the Field. This poem for the time of the winter solstice anticipates the day’s end and night descending,
while the people rise to meet it.

December 14th, 2023

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December 14th, 2023
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The Time of Anise is from the memoir of place Black Diamonds: A Childhood Colored by Coal by
Catherine Young published in 2023 by Torrey House Press. The memoir looks back on childhood in a
Pennsylvania coal mining Valley, and the Time of Anise remembers holiday baking in the early 1960s.

December 7th, 2023

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December 7th, 2023
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The Time of Anise is from the memoir of place Black Diamonds: A Childhood Colored by Coal by
Catherine Young published in 2023 by Torrey House Press. The memoir looks back on childhood in a
Pennsylvania coal mining Valley, and the Time of Anise remembers holiday baking in the early 1960s.

November 30th, 2023

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November 30th, 2023
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AUTUMN SUNRISE by Wisconsin poet Jan Wellik captures the gold of November.
OLD FEY AUTUMN SIGHS by Wisconsin poet Donna Carnes is a villanelle that imagines a king of autumn
letting go of his reign to the oncoming queen of winter.