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“Blackberry Blood” by Sarah (Kalthoff) Sims

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Sarah (Kalthoff) Sims about her poem "Blackberry Blood." Sarah is originally from the Midwest but has moved to the Pacific Northwest. She is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Seattle Pacific University. You can find her recent work in Opus Literary Magazine, Collision Magazine, Ekstasis Magazine, and her website https://thepleasanttrees.wordpress.com/.
December 13, 2022
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“In Excelsis Deo” by Jane Zwart

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Jane Zwart about her poem "In Excelsis Deo." Jane's poems have appeared in Poetry, TriQuarterly, and Threepenny Review, as well as other journals and magazines. She also reviews books, writes the occasional essay, and interviews other writers. She teaches literature and writing at Calvin University, where she also co-directs the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing.
December 6, 2022
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“This Cup” by Marda Messick

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Marda Messick about her poem "This Cup." Marda's poems have appeared in The Christian Century, Delmarva Review, and several other journals. Marda is also a retired Lutheran pastor. She used to pastor at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Tallahassee, Florida.
November 29, 2022
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“Ruach Elohim” by Bethany Besteman

Rose Postma interviews Bethany Besteman about her poem “Ruach Elohim.” Bethany Besteman works as a worship coordinator and a church administrator for Silver Spring CRC in Maryland. She's also the intake editor for Reformed Worship, and is currently working toward a PhD in English Literature at Catholic University of America.
November 15, 2022
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“Leaning” by Sean O’Neill

Rose Postma interviews Sean O’Neill about his poem “Leaning.” Sean O’Neill was born in Scotland, but has lived in the US for the last 15 years. He has published fifteen books of poetry and two books of light verse. He is also the author of the best selling book, How to Write a Poem: A Beginner's Guide. When Sean is not publishing books, he is translating Italian and French books into English. You can find more of his work at…
November 8, 2022
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“Litter Me” by L. Ward Abel

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews L. Ward Abel about his poem “Litter Me.” L. Ward Abel’s work has appeared in hundreds of journals including a nomination for a Pushcart Prize, and he is the author of three full collections and ten chapbooks of poetry, including his latest collection, The Width of Here. He is a reformed lawyer, he writes and plays music, and he teaches literature. Abel resides in rural Georgia.
October 25, 2022
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“Grief” by Ann Iverson

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Ann Iverson about her poem “Grief." Ann is a writer and artist.  She is the author of  five poetry collections:  Come Now to the Window by the Laurel Poetry Collective, Definite Space and Art Lessons by Holy Cow! Press; Mouth of Summer and No Feeling is Final by Kelsay Books. Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals and venues including six features on Writer’s Almanac.  Her poem "Plenitude" was set to a choral…
October 18, 2022
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“Canadian Summer Psalm 23” by John Terpstra

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews John Terpstra about his poem “Canadian Summer Psalm 23.” John is a poet and non-fiction writer residing in Canada, as well as a long time furniture maker and carpenter currently working on practicing retirement. Check out his poetry collections In the Company of All and Wild Hope, and find out more about John at http://johnterpstra.com/.
October 11, 2022
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“Miracle” by Kate Bolt

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Kate Bolt about her poem “Miracle.” Kate Bolt is a recipe writer, who has published two cookbooks. She started a blog (https://www.livinglark.com/) that ended up being a catering business. Kate lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband, three kids, and golden retriever.
October 4, 2022
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“In the Dark” by Jessica Whipple

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Jessica Whipple about her poem “In the Dark.” Jessica Whipple is a writer for adults and children, and her poetry has been widely published. Jessica’s debut picture book titled “Enough Is” was illustrated by Nicole Wong and will be published March 2023 by Tilbury House.
September 27, 2022
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“Fishing Again” by Eric Potter

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Eric Potter about his poem "Fishing Again." Eric is the author of several chapbooks and poetry collections, including “Things Not Seen.” He is also a professor of English at Grove City College, where he teaches courses in modern poetry, American literature, and creative writing.
September 20, 2022
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“Last Supper” by Brent Newsom

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Brent Newsom about his poem "Last Supper." Brent is an award-winning poet and has been widely published in a variety of journals. He is the author of the poetry collection “Love's Labors” and teaches creative writing, literature, editing, and composition at Oklahoma Baptist University.
September 13, 2022
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“Mirabilia, in the Garden” by Rebecca Spears

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Rebecca Spears about her poem “Mirabilia, in the Garden." Rebecca is the author of Brook the Divide and The Bright Obvious. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and she has received many writing awards, including a Pushcart nomination.
September 6, 2022
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Jennifer Holberg

In this episode, Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell interviews Jennifer Holberg, professor of English at Calvin University, co-director of Calvin Center for Faith and Writing, and frequent writer for the Reformed Journal Blog. Jennifer discusses her early life as an army brat, the effects of the early death of her mother, and her forthcoming book “Nourishing Narratives: The Power of Story to Shape our Faith,” which is expected to come out in July 2023.
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“How the Fog Can Matter” by D.R. James

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews D.R. James about his poem "How the Fog Can Matter." David lives in the woods outside Michigan, and has recently retired from Hope College. His most recent poetry collection is called Mobius Trip.
August 30, 2022
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Jim Bratt

In this episode, Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell interviews Dr. James Bratt, professor emeritus of history at Calvin University and frequent writer for the Reformed Journal Blog. Jim describes himself as both a “Pharisee of Pharisees” and a “loyal opposition” in the CRC world. He discusses his early life, his typology of Dutch Reformed traditions in America, and his perspectives on the interactions of Christian intellectual history and American politics.
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“Everyone Pretending” by Katie Kalisz

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Katie Kalisz about her poem "Everyone Pretending." The poem appeared in a collection called Busy Griefs, Raw Towns, a poetic response to the brutality of the war in Ukraine. Katie teaches at Grand Rapids Community College, and her first book of poetry is entitled Quiet Woman. Learn more about Katie at https://www.katiekalisz.com/.
August 23, 2022
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“The Dark” by D.S. Martin

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews D.S. Martin about his poem "The Dark." Don is the poet in residence at McMaster Divinity College, and his most recent poetry collection is “Angelicus,” a collection of poetry written from the perspective of angels. Find out more about his work at dsmartin.ca.
August 16, 2022
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“You Could Call This Mercy” by Laurie Klein

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Laurie Klein about her poem "You Could Call This Mercy." Laurie is the author of "Where the Sky Opens" and "Bodies of Water, Bodies of Flesh," a winner of the Thomas Merton Poetry Prize for “Poetry of the Sacred,” and a Pushcart nominee. Laurie blogs monthly at lauriekleinscribe.com.
August 9, 2022
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“East River, South Dakota” by Cameron Brooks

In this episode of the Poetry Edition, Rose Postma interviews Cameron Brooks about his poem "East River, South Dakota." Cameron is an MFA candidate at Seattle Pacific University, and his poems have appeared in Poetry East, North Dakota Quarterly, Third Wednesday, and more. Check out his website at https://www.camerondavidbrooks.com/.
August 2, 2022