Host Ken Jones talks with Judith Arcana, author of the new book of poems Announcements from the Planetarium, published by Oregon’s own Flowstone Press.
Judith writes poems, stories, essays, and books. Her work includes a biography of Grace Paley – titled Grace Paley’s Life Stories – the poetry collections What if your mother, 4th Period English, The Parachute Jump Effect, and Here From Somewhere Else, which won the 2015 Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Chapbook Award. Her story “Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture” won the first Minerva Rising Prose Prize and was published as a chapbook.
A longtime teacher of literature, writing, and women’s studies, Judith also volunteered as a Jane, a member of the Chicago underground service that helped more than eleven thousand women get safe illegal abortions, before the US Supreme Court ruled on Roe vs. Wade in January 1973.
KBOO listeners might know Judith from her popular monthly poetry show Poetry and Everything, which airs the fourth Monday of the month at 10 PM.
Note: Due to time limitations, we had to cut a brief segment with Judith talking about Grace Paley. We include that separately below as a bonus for online listeners. Spoiler alert... Grace Paley is a total mensch!