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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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Baptism- August 31, 2023

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Baptism- August 31, 2023
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Learning to read and decode the woods is like climbing into a canoe and letting the waters carry you. Catherine Young reads from her collection Gesomin.

Elderberries- August 24, 2023

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Elderberries- August 24, 2023
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August’s ripening elderberries bring to mind the return to school and letting go. Catherine Young reads Elderberries from her collection Geosmin

Letter To The Fifteen-Year Old Artist: On Winning- August 17, 2023

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Letter To The Fifteen-Year Old Artist: On Winning- August 17, 2023
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Wishes might be like soap bubbles that disappear or they might be like dandelion seeds that multiply. Catherine Young reads Letter to the Fifteen Year Old Artist:On Winning from her collection Geosmin

For Those Who Thought They Could Buy a Farm-August 10, 2023

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For Those Who Thought They Could Buy a Farm-August 10, 2023
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How would a life long dairy farmer tell the story of a place? Catherine Young reads For Those Who Thought They Could Buy a Farm from her collection Geosmin

Boy at the Fair August 3, 2023

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Boy at the Fair August 3, 2023
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Summer is fair time. Catherine Young reads a poem of a child’s experience at the State Fair

Waters, Silvered and Rime – July 27, 2023

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Waters, Silvered and Rime – July 27, 2023
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Waters Silvered & Rime by Catherine Young are 2 poems of endless summer in the waters of a Great Lake, from her collection Geosmin.

The Queen of Summer- Thursday July 20, 2023

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The Queen of Summer- Thursday July 20, 2023
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Catherine reads a summer celebration poem by Joyce Sutphen from her collection Carrying Water to the Field.

Shoreline Instructions for Lake Superior and Superior- July 13, 2023

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Shoreline Instructions for Lake Superior and Superior- July 13, 2023
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Catherine reads two poems to celebrate the south shore of a Great Lake in summer. Shoreline Instructions for Lake Superior and Superior from the collection Geosmin.

Clouds Rise Up Like Fish and Carrying Water to the Field- July 6, 2023

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Clouds Rise Up Like Fish and Carrying Water to the Field- July 6, 2023
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Catherine reads 2 July poems from the rural landscape: Clouds Rise Up Like Fish, a poem by Tom Hennen from Darkness Sticks to Everything:New and Collected Poems and Carrying Water to the Field, a farm poem by Joyce Sutphen from her collection of the same name.

July 4 and Sweet Land of Liberty- June 29, 2023

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July 4 and Sweet Land of Liberty- June 29, 2023
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Catherine Young reads 2 poems from her collection Geosmin giving different views of the July 4 holiday.

July 4, an ekphrastic poem based on a painting depicting viewers of a small town parade

Sweet Land of Liberty is a vibrant tableau of many cultures of America gathered at our state park holiday picnic.

Midsummer and Firefly Nights- June 22, 2023

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Midsummer and Firefly Nights- June 22, 2023
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Catherine Young reads 2 poems celebrating the sweetness and long light of June from her poetry collection Geosmin: Midsummer and Firefly Nighrs.

The Oat Binder-Thursday June 15, 2023

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The Oat Binder-Thursday June 15, 2023
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Catherine reads a farm poem by Minnesota poet Joyce Sutphen from her collection Carrying Waterto the Field.

Poems Appear-Thursday June 8, 2023

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Poems Appear-Thursday June 8, 2023
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Catherine reads Poems Appear from her poetry collection Geosmin where a dreamer has to choose to follow Muse or reality.

Passerine- Thursday June 1, 2023

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Passerine- Thursday June 1, 2023
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Catherine reads Passerine from her poetry collection, Geosmin where the poet becomes a swallow in the afterlife.

When Freshly Painted-May 18, 2023

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When Freshly Painted-May 18, 2023
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Catherine reads her farm poem, When Freshly Painted, from her poetry collection Geosmin

Some Glad Morning-Thursday May 11, 2023

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Some Glad Morning-Thursday May 11, 2023
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Catherine reads a spring poem by Joyce Sutphen from Carrying Water to the Field.

By the Creek Bank-Thursday May 4, 2023

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By the Creek Bank-Thursday May 4, 2023
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Catherine reads a poem by Tom Hennen from Darkness Sticks to Eveything:New and Collected Poems

Tightrope- Thursday April 27, 2023

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Tightrope- Thursday April 27, 2023
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Rexalling our role in averting tragedy is like walking a tightrope. The poem Tightrope by Catherine Young is from her poetry Collection, Geosmin.

Verdancy & Hymenoptera: Wasps l, Thursday April 20, 2023

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Verdancy & Hymenoptera: Wasps l, Thursday April 20, 2023
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Catherine reads 2 poems from her collection Geosmin. Many colors refill the April landscape in Verdancy. Hornets build homes in Hymenoptera: Wasps l

Eloquence Engraved in Stone-Thursday April 13, 2023

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Eloquence Engraved in Stone-Thursday April 13, 2023
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Catherine reads from her poetry collection Geosmin. Eloquence in Stone uses and epigraph from Tony Hoagland’s poetry to describe Driftless region geology

Shepard of Trees-Thursday April 6, 2023

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Shepard of Trees-Thursday April 6, 2023
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Catherine reads Shepard of Trees from her poetry collection Geosmin where a caretaker asks trees what they need.

Panoramic-March 30, 2023

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Panoramic-March 30, 2023
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Catherine reads Panoramic from her poetry collection Geosmin and descirbes a lifetime as a landscape.

Compost and Revolution- March 23, 2022

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Compost and Revolution- March 23, 2022
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Catherine reads 2 poems from her collection Geosmin, Compost and Revolution are two views of the cycle of life on a farm.

Volute-March 16, 2023

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Volute-March 16, 2023
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Catherine reads Volute from her poetry collection Geosmin. In Volute a fossil tells people how everything in the world curls-whether we can see it or not.