WBEZ | The Gift http://www.wbez.org/series/gift Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A reading from William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/reading-william-faulkners-i-lay-dying-108527 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/asilaydying.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>When you mention T.S. Eliot and then refer to texts like <em>The Waste Land </em>or his magnum opus <em>The Four Quartets</em> you generally elicit discomfort, anger or suspicion. The feeling is that these texts are highly revered, but off limits. The fact is they are getting dusty on the shelves of university libraries. <em>The Gift</em> Series Producer Stanzi Vaubel found that when she took them off the shelves and asked Professors Rachel Jamison Webster and Spencer Parsons to talk about and perform these texts, they began to take on a re-activated meaning that has everything to do with now.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For the month of August <em>The Gift</em> poetry series will drop inside five literary works. These pieces are radio essays. They do not claim to be definitive or scholarly responses to these great historical texts. Instead, each piece comes out of the emotional and psychological journey taken by the listener, becoming a conversation that resonates with our own inner thoughts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In this week&#39;s installment, several people read from William Faulkner&#39;s <em>As I Lay Dying</em>. With <strong>Carrie Dabelow</strong> as Addie, <strong>Jerry Bloom</strong> as Vernon Tull, <strong>Spencer Parsons</strong> as Darl, <strong>Larry Garner</strong> as Anse, and <strong>Ryan Heindl</strong> as Vardaman.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>First launched in April 2013 to celebrate National Poetry Month, WBEZ now continues our weekly series, <em>The Gift </em>&ndash; produced by Stanzi Vaubel and curated by Rachel Jamison Webster, author of <em>September: Poems</em>. This project is a collaboration with UniVerse of Poetry, a station partner that aims to celebrate poets from every nation in the world. &nbsp;Each piece drops us into a poets&rsquo; inner life, reminding us of the gift of being human among others.</div></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/reading-william-faulkners-i-lay-dying-108527 Spencer Parsons and Sapna Kumar read from Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/spencer-parsons-and-sapna-kumar-read-dostoyevskys-notes-underground-108526 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Notes from the Underground.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>When you mention T.S. Eliot and then refer to texts like <em>The Waste Land</em> or his magnum opus <em>The Four Quartets </em>you generally elicit discomfort, anger or suspicion. The feeling is that these texts are highly revered, but off limits. The fact is they are getting dusty on the shelves of university libraries. <em>The Gift</em> Series Producer Stanzi Vaubel found that when she took them off the shelves and asked Professors Rachel Jamison Webster and Spencer Parsons to talk about and perform these texts, they began to take on a re-activated meaning that has everything to do with now.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For the month of August <em>The Gift</em> poetry series will drop inside five literary works. These pieces are radio essays. They do not claim to be definitive or scholarly responses to these great historical texts. Instead, each piece comes out of the emotional and psychological journey taken by the listener, becoming a conversation that resonates with our own inner thoughts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In this week&#39;s installment,&nbsp;<strong>Sapna Kumar</strong> and filmmaker <strong>Spencer Parsons</strong> read from Dostoyevsky&#39;s <em>Notes from the Underground</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>First launched in April 2013 to celebrate National Poetry Month, WBEZ now continues our weekly series, </em>The Gift &ndash;<em> produced by Stanzi Vaubel and curated by Rachel Jamison Webster, author of </em>September: Poems<em>. This project is a collaboration with UniVerse of Poetry, a station partner that aims to celebrate poets from every nation in the world. &nbsp;Each piece drops us into a poets&rsquo; inner life, reminding us of the gift of being human among others.</em></div></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/spencer-parsons-and-sapna-kumar-read-dostoyevskys-notes-underground-108526 Poet Rachel Jamison Webster and filmmaker Spencer Parsons read from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/poet-rachel-jamison-webster-and-filmmaker-spencer-parsons-read-mary-shelleys <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Frankenstein1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">When you mention T.S. Eliot and then refer to texts like&nbsp;<em>The Waste Land</em>&nbsp;or his magnum opus<em>The Four Quartets</em>&nbsp;you generally elicit discomfort, anger or suspicion. The feeling is that these texts are highly revered, but off limits. The fact is they are getting dusty on the shelves of university libraries.&nbsp;<em>The Gift</em>&nbsp;Series Producer Stanzi Vaubel found that when she took them off the shelves and asked Professors Rachel Jamison Webster and Spencer Parsons to talk about and perform these texts, they began to take on a re-activated meaning that has everything to do with now.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">For the month of August&nbsp;<em>The Gift</em>&nbsp;poetry series will drop inside five literary works. These pieces are radio essays. They do not claim to be definitive or scholarly responses to these great historical texts. Instead, each piece comes out of the emotional and psychological journey taken by the listener, becoming a conversation that resonates with our own inner thoughts.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">In this week&#39;s installment, Poet&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Rachel Jamison Webster</strong>&nbsp;and filmmaker&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Spencer Parsons</strong>&nbsp;read from the monster&#39;s narrative in Mary Shelley&#39;s &quot;Frankenstein.&quot;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em>First launched in April 2013 to celebrate National Poetry Month, WBEZ now continues our weekly series,&nbsp;</em><u style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/gift" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">The Gift</a>&nbsp;</u><em>&ndash; produced by Stanzi Vaubel and curated by Rachel Jamison Webster, author of</em>September: Poems<em>. This project is a collaboration with UniVerse of Poetry, a station partner that aims to celebrate poets from every nation in the world. &nbsp;Each piece drops us into a poets&rsquo; inner life, reminding us of the gift of being human among others.</em></p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/poet-rachel-jamison-webster-and-filmmaker-spencer-parsons-read-mary-shelleys Poet Rachel Jamison Webster and filmmaker Spencer Parsons read from T.S. Eliot's The Four Quartets http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/poet-rachel-jamison-webster-and-filmmaker-spencer-parsons-read-ts-eliots-four-quartets <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/T.S. Eliot.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When you mention T.S. Eliot and then refer to texts like <em>The Waste Land</em> or his magnum opus <em>The Four Quartets</em>&nbsp;you generally elicit discomfort, anger or suspicion. The feeling is that these texts are highly revered, but off limits. The fact is they are getting dusty on the shelves of university libraries. <em>The Gift</em> Series Producer Stanzi Vaubel found that when she took them off the shelves and asked Professors Rachel Jamison Webster and Spencer Parsons to talk about and perform these texts, they began to take on a re-activated meaning that has everything to do with now.</p><p>For the month of August <em>The Gift</em>&nbsp;poetry series will drop inside five literary works. These pieces are radio essays. They do not claim to be definitive or scholarly responses to these great historical texts. Instead, each piece comes out of the emotional and psychological journey taken by the listener, becoming a conversation that resonates with our own inner thoughts.</p><p>In this week&#39;s installment, Poet&nbsp;<strong>Rachel Jamison Webster</strong>&nbsp;and filmmaker&nbsp;<strong>Spencer Parsons</strong>&nbsp;read from T.S.Eliot&#39;s <em>The Four Quartets</em>.</p><p><em>First launched in April 2013 to celebrate National Poetry Month, WBEZ now continues our weekly series, </em><u><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/gift">The Gift</a> </u><em>&ndash; produced by Stanzi Vaubel and curated by Rachel Jamison Webster, author of </em>September: Poems<em>. This project is a collaboration with UniVerse of Poetry, a station partner that aims to celebrate poets from every nation in the world. &nbsp;Each piece drops us into a poets&rsquo; inner life, reminding us of the gift of being human among others.</em></p></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/poet-rachel-jamison-webster-and-filmmaker-spencer-parsons-read-ts-eliots-four-quartets Poet Rachel Jamison Webster and filmmaker Spencer Parsons read from T.S.Eliot's The Waste Land http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/poet-rachel-jamison-webster-and-filmmaker-spencer-parsons-read-tseliots-waste-land <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/t s eliot.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>When you mention T.S. Eliot and then refer to texts like <em>The Waste Land</em> or his magnum opus <em>The Four Quartets</em>&nbsp;you generally elicit discomfort, anger or suspicion. The feeling is that these texts are highly revered, but off limits. The fact is they are getting dusty on the shelves of university libraries. <em>The Gift</em> Series Producer Stanzi Vaubel found that when she took them off the shelves and asked Professors Rachel Jamison Webster and Spencer Parsons to talk about and perform these texts, they began to take on a re-activated meaning that has everything to do with now.</p><p>For the month of August <em>The Gift</em>&nbsp;poetry series will drop inside five literary works. These pieces are radio essays. They do not claim to be definitive or scholarly responses to these great historical texts. Instead, each piece comes out of the emotional and psychological journey taken by the listener, becoming a conversation that resonates with our own inner thoughts.</p><p>In this week&#39;s installment, Poet&nbsp;<strong>Rachel Jamison Webster</strong>&nbsp;and filmmaker&nbsp;<strong>Spencer Parsons</strong>&nbsp;read from T.S.Eliot&#39;s <em>The Waste Land</em>.</p><p><em>First launched in April 2013 to celebrate National Poetry Month, WBEZ now continues our weekly series, </em><u><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/gift">The Gift</a> </u><em>&ndash; produced by Stanzi Vaubel and curated by Rachel Jamison Webster, author of </em>September: Poems<em>. This project is a collaboration with UniVerse of Poetry, a station partner that aims to celebrate poets from every nation in the world. &nbsp;Each piece drops us into a poets&rsquo; inner life, reminding us of the gift of being human among others.</em></p></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 10:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/poet-rachel-jamison-webster-and-filmmaker-spencer-parsons-read-tseliots-waste-land Parneshia Jones shares a poem for her stepfather http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/parneshia-jones-shares-poem-her-stepfather-107773 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/2photo credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>This week we hear from Chicago poet Parneshia Jones, who reminds us that poetry is about connection <em>&ndash; </em>with those who have gone before and with the parents, grandparents and friends who surround us. Listen as she remembers the sweetness of sleeping beneath her grandmother&#39;s quilts and shares a poem for her stepfather <em>&ndash; </em>a poem never heard before.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Parneshia Jones</strong>&#39; debut poetry collection, <em>Vessel</em>, is forthcoming from Milkweed Additions. Parneshia is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Margaret Walker Short Story Award, and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award. Her work has anthologized in publications including, <em>She Walks in Beauty: A Woman&#39;s Journey Through Poems</em> edited by Caroline Kennedy, and <em>The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South</em> edited by Nikky Finney. Jones is a member of the <a href="http://www.affrilachianpoets.org/">Affrilachian Poets</a> and serves on the board of Cave Canem and Global Writes. She currently holds positions as Sales and Subsidiary Rights Manager and Poetry Editor at Northwestern University Press.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>First launched in April 2013 to celebrate National Poetry Month, WBEZ now continues our weekly series, </em>The Gift<em> &ndash; produced by Stanzi Vaubel and curated by Rachel Jamison Webster, author of </em>September: Poems<em>. This project is a collaboration with UniVerse of Poetry, a station partner that aims to celebrate poets from every nation in the world. &nbsp;Each piece drops us into a poets&rsquo; inner life, reminding us of the gift of being human among others.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/parneshia-jones-shares-poem-her-stepfather-107773 Jay Ponteri muses on marriage http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/jay-ponteri-muses-marriage-107497 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ELW-jay-ponteri-cropped.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>If we are always changing, how do we enter into relation with another person? How do we evolve with someone else, instead of away from them? &nbsp;Jay Ponteri, author of the lyrical book, <em>Wedlocked</em>, lets us in on the truth of his life and marriage. He admits to a brokenness, which on the surface could seem to be an unraveling, but ultimately comes from a willingness to see what is real in all of its flawed confusion. &nbsp;Jay reminds us that a deeper relationship is always possible if we do not become fixed or believe ourselves to be whole in a way that is final. To overtly resist change is to deny life. &nbsp;And to will change, constantly, is to live. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Jay Ponteri </strong>is the author of the new, acclaimed book, <em>Wedlocked </em>(Hawthorne Press, 2013). He directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and Show: Tell, The Workshop for Teen Writers &amp; Artists. He is the founding editor of both the online literary magazine <em>M Review </em>and HABIT Books. His work has appeared in <em>Tin House</em>, <em>Puerto Del Sol</em>, <em>Seattle Review</em>. His essay &ldquo;Listen to This&rdquo; was chosen as a Notable Essay in <em>The Best American Essays 2010</em>. &nbsp;Jay lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">First launched in April 2013 to celebrate National Poetry Month, WBEZ now continues our weekly series,&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/gift" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">The Gift</a><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;&ndash; produced by Stanzi Vaubel and curated by Rachel Jamison Webster, author of</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">September: Poems</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">. This project is a collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.universeofpoetry.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">UniVerse of Poetry</a>, a station partner that aims to celebrate poets from every nation in the world. &nbsp;Each piece drops us into a poets&rsquo; inner life, reminding us of the gift of being human among others.</em></div></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/jay-ponteri-muses-marriage-107497 Reading Heather McHugh a student finds deep connection http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/reading-heather-mchugh-student-finds-deep-connection-107442 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/heather_mchugh-ea28136a7842d4429d873b4281cec86c2ea53635-s4.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>At the beginning of <em>The Gift </em>series, Rachel Jamison Webster sent this email to series producer Stanzi Vaubel:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Stanzi, I would like you to contact a student of mine, Charlotte Malin. &nbsp;I want to get a recording of her reciting a poem, called &#39;What He Said&#39; by Heather McHugh. &nbsp;She recited it with great feeling in my class, and said, &#39;When I read it, it just spoke to me. It is just MY poem.&#39; Such conviction. The poem is about everything we are talking about &ndash; the mystery that surrounds us at all times, the sustaining energy in what cannot be said, and the surprise when we see past appearances in others. The poet-speaker has dismissed this other poet as just a poetic diplomat, a serving figure, but he turns out to be the most profound one of all.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Student Charlotte Malin has decided to take the risk, trust the poem, and let it enter her. Listen as she claims this poem as her own, reminding us that a poem is not complete until it has found its reader.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Charlotte Malin</strong> is student at Northwestern University. &nbsp;<strong>Heather McHugh</strong> is a MacArthur Award Winning Poet and author of more than ten books, including <em>Eyeshot</em>, which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize; <em>The Father of Predicaments</em>; and <em>Hinge &amp; Sign: Poems 1968-1993</em>, a finalist for the National Book Award named a &quot;Notable Book of the Year&quot; by the <em>New York Times Book Review</em>. She used her MacArthur Award winnings to create <a href="http://www.caregifted.org/" target="_blank">CareGifted</a>, which provides retreats for caregivers of handicapped spouses and children.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>First launched in April 2013 to celebrate National Poetry Month, WBEZ now continues our weekly series, </em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/gift">The Gift</a><em> &ndash; produced by Stanzi Vaubel and curated by Rachel Jamison Webster, author of </em>September: Poems<em>. This project is a collaboration with <a href="http://www.universeofpoetry.org/">UniVerse of Poetry</a>, a station partner that aims to celebrate poets from every nation in the world. &nbsp;Each piece drops us into a poets&rsquo; inner life, reminding us of the gift of being human among others.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 11:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/reading-heather-mchugh-student-finds-deep-connection-107442 Kwame Dawes sings of Jamaica http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/kwame-dawes-sings-jamaica-107343 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/dawes.png" alt="" /><p><p>Imagination is the seed of empathy &ndash; a centrally important function &ndash; and both the gift and burden of the writer. &nbsp;Here <em>The Gift</em> series producer Stanzi Vaubel talks to poet Kwame Dawes, who writes in many voices, and who laughs that this is the curse of the writer. &ldquo;I live in you, I feel everything,&rdquo; he says to his brother. &nbsp;Here he shares a poem called &ldquo;Impossible Flight&rdquo; in which he observes the 1980 Revolution in Jamaica and tries to hold his brother to earth &ndash; to its beauty and its pains.</p><p><br /><strong>Kwame Dawes</strong> is the author of 16 award-winning books of poetry, including <em>Wisteria</em>, <em>Hope&rsquo;s Hospice</em>, <em>Wheels</em>, and his most recent book of selected poems, <em>Duppy Conquerer</em>, which he reads from here. Dawes has also written novels and scholarly work and plays, fifteen of which have been produced. &nbsp;He has won an Emmy Award for his Pulitzer-supported project &ldquo;LiveHopeLove.com,&rdquo; in which he reported on H.I.V., Aids in post-earthquake Haiti. &nbsp;Dawes was born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica.</p><p><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">First launched in April 2013 to celebrate National Poetry Month, WBEZ now continues our weekly series, </em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/gift" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">The Gift</a><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;&ndash; produced by Stanzi Vaubel and curated by Rachel Jamison Webster, author of&nbsp;</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">September: Poems</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">. This project is a collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.universeofpoetry.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">UniVerse of Poetry</a>, a station partner that aims to celebrate poets from every nation in the world. &nbsp;Each piece drops us into a poets&rsquo; inner life, reminding us of the gift of being human among others.</em></p></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 16:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/kwame-dawes-sings-jamaica-107343 Lois Lowry shares the pain and pleasure of memory http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/lois-lowry-shares-pain-and-pleasure-memory-107193 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/lowry310x230.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In an interview with <em>The Gift</em> series producer Stanzi Vaubel, writer Lois Lowry talked about memory. In her novel,&nbsp;<em>The&nbsp;</em><em>Giver</em>, one person holds the memories for the entire community. When the Giver grows old, someone must be chosen to receive the memories. Jonah, the new receiver, is confused. &quot;I thought there was only us. I thought there was only now,&quot; &nbsp;he says. &nbsp;The Giver replies &quot;No, there&#39;s so much more. &nbsp;There&#39;s all that is elsewhere. All that goes back and back and back. It&#39;s how wisdom comes. It&#39;s how we shape our future.&quot;</p><div>Jonah&#39;s confusion and the Giver&rsquo;s response speaks to us, reflecting the negotiation that must always take place between the present and the past. Can we have one without the other? Can we appreciate the immediacy of the now if we don&#39;t feel the echoes and shouts, insights and wisdom of those who came before?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Giver is weighted with his memories. He has been made old and tired by them. But as Jonah begins to receive, he realizes that there is pleasure mixed with pain, that opposite emotions are inextricably linked. That&#39;s what a memory is. &nbsp;Jonah doesn&#39;t understand why the community has sterilized themselves from memory, leading to a one-dimensional existence. What he has experienced from the Giver has changed him, but it is a change that is awakening, and one that he wishes to share.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Lois Lowry</strong> is the author of more than thirty children&rsquo;s books, and an autobiography. She won the Newberry Award for <em>Number the Stars</em> (1989) and <em>The Giver</em> (1993). Two years after <em>The Giver</em> was published, Lowry&rsquo;s son Grey was killed in a fighter plane crash, allowing her to more poignantly examine the pain &ndash; and beauty &ndash; of memory. Lowry continues to write and read from her work. &quot;I am a grandmother now,&rdquo; she wrote on her blog. &ldquo;For my own grandchildren &ndash; and for all those of their generation &ndash; I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring more, and doing more, for one another.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">First launched in April 2013 to celebrate National Poetry Month, WBEZ now continues our weekly series, </em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/gift" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">The Gift</a><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;&ndash; produced by Stanzi Vaubel and curated by Rachel Jamison Webster, author of&nbsp;</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">September: Poems</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">. This project is a collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.universeofpoetry.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">UniVerse of Poetry</a>, a station partner that aims to celebrate poets from every nation in the world. &nbsp;Each piece drops us into a poets&rsquo; inner life, reminding us of the gift of being human among others.</em></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 05:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/gift/lois-lowry-shares-pain-and-pleasure-memory-107193