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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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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.

November 23rd, 2023

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November 23rd, 2023
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REPLENISH by Catherine Young reimagines our deep connection to water in our rural landscapes 50
years into the future. REPLENISH is from the Wormfarm Institute 2023 zine, Imagine.

November 16th, 2023

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November 16th, 2023
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As the colors drain from the Wisconsin rural landscape, the last garden harvest brings the colors indoors
until the house on the wintering land becomes its own small sun. AS WE WAIT FOR WINTER by Catherine
Young is from her collection Geosmin published in 2022 by Water’s Edge Press.

November 9th, 2023

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November 9th, 2023
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THE LOST PLEIAD by Wisconsin poet Donna Carnes is based on the universal myths about the Seven Sisters (Pleiades) brilliant star cluster seen in November, used to guide sailors home.

November 2nd, 2023

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November 2nd, 2023
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In an abecedarian poem, the first letter of each new line spells of the alphabet. THE RIPENING
ABECEDARIAN by Catherine Young is from her collection Geosmin published in 2022 by Water’s Edge
Press.

October 26th, 2023

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October 26th, 2023
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So many of us love wearing costumes for performances, and as children many of us became something
other than what we were. HALLOWEEN by Catherine Young was published in Bramble in 2022.

October 19th, 2023

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October 19th, 2023
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CIDER APPLES by Catherine Young is a poem of compounded sound describing October apples on an
abandoned tree. It was published in Barstow & Grand in 2022.

October 12th, 2023

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October 12th, 2023
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APPLE SEASON by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, from her collection Carrying Water to the
Field. The poet moves us from tree to kitchen to apple-rich foods with the work of her mother and
grandmother.

October 5th, 2023

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October 5th, 2023
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In OCTOBER by Robert Frost, the poet pleads with October to go slow. OCTOBER is in the public domain.

Conflagration Invocation – Sept. 28, 2023

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Conflagration Invocation - Sept. 28, 2023
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CONFLAGRATION INVOCATION is by Wisconsin poet Karen Ostrov. While watching over her toddler grandson in Oregon during the September 2020 wildfires and Covid 19 restrictions, the poet considers Rosh Hashanah 5781 and the binding of Isaac along with her role as a grandmother, sheltering her grandson for future generations.

The Shots Came Quick-September 21, 2023

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The Shots Came Quick-September 21, 2023
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Deer hunting in our region is often a means of survival. Catherine Young reads The Shots Came Quick from her collection Geosmin.

The Last Apples-September 14, 2023

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The Last Apples-September 14, 2023
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Catherine Young reads Joyce Sutphen’s poem The Last Apples from her collection Carrying Water From the Field

Purple Lines- September 7, 2023

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Purple Lines- September 7, 2023
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Perhaps you remember mimeograph coloring sheets at school? How did they help celebrate season? Catherine Young reads Purple Lines from her collection Geosmin.

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