WBEZ | Melissa Townsend http://www.wbez.org/tags/melissa-townsend Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Local poet uses her words to get noticed http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-25/local-poet-uses-her-words-get-noticed-85638 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-25/poet shot.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In honor of<a href="http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41" target="_blank"> National Poetry Month</a>, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> has been showcasing poems from everyday people with a passion for writing.</p><p>You may have seen Betsy Benefield around town, but Chicago is a big, busy city. Everyday we encounter people we’re likely to never actually meet. We’ll never know their triumphs, their difficulties or their hidden talents.<br> <br> Producer Melissa Townsend introduces Betsy Benefield. Townsend met Benefield through the <a href="http://www.jot.org/" target="_blank">Neighborhood Writing Alliance</a>.<br> &nbsp;</p><p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/22837981?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" frameborder="0" height="340" width="440"></iframe><br> (Photos by Cristina Rutter)</p><p><em>Music Button: Sven Barth, "InterLewd 6", from the CD The Blow Sven Theory, (The Wonderful Sound)</em></p></p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-25/local-poet-uses-her-words-get-noticed-85638 Local poet discovers writing later in life-and is still learning http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-18/local-poet-discovers-writing-later-life-and-still-learning-85329 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-18/Writing Flickr Graham Binns.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In honor of <a href="http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41" target="_blank">National Poetry Month</a> <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> is hearing from local poets. Doris Arrington came to writing in her 50s; twenty years later she’s still going strong.<br> <br> Doris was born in Mississippi and grew up on the South Side of Chicago, where she still lives. She spoke with producer Melissa Townsend about her writing and the story behind one of her very first poems.</p></p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 14:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-18/local-poet-discovers-writing-later-life-and-still-learning-85329 Pouring everyday struggles and realities into poetry http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-04/pouring-everyday-struggles-and-realities-poetry-84693 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-04/poetry month2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>April is National Poetry Month. Over the next month, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> will celebrate by bringing you poems written by local everyday people. The series kicks off with a selection from <a href="http://www.jot.org/" target="_blank">The Neighborhood Writing Alliance</a>. The group runs a network of writing workshops around the city. For WBEZ, Melissa Townsend offers a sense of what it's like to be a part of the action.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-04/pouring-everyday-struggles-and-realities-poetry-84693