On today's show, we speak by phone with the noted performance poet, former middle-school teacher, and current teachers' advocate Taylor Mali. His new book --- "What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World" --- is based on a poem that he wrote several years ago, a spirited and encouraging defense of the teaching profession that has, by now, been seen and forwarded millions of times on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and elsewhere. It's a poem that gave heart to an entire movement --- and in this book we get the story of what drove Mali to compose that poem in the first place.
[Aired Tuesday, March 6th.] On today's show, we speak with the New York-based poet Erica Hunt, who'll give a free-to-the-public reading of her poetry tonight on the TU campus. Her reading is presented by the TU Department of English / Creative Writing; it takes place in the Faculty Study of McFarlin Library, beginning at 7:30pm. As we learn on today's show, Hunt has also worked as a housing organizer, radio producer, poetry teacher, and social justice advocate.