A Writer’s World with Shaun Griffin

Interview, Local

Shaun Griffin is a poet and writer who hopes to bring some part of that world to you every other week on KWNK with a new audio segment. Hear them below and on 97.7FM mixed into our regularly scheduled program.

Beware the Critic,

This segment, the first of the New Year, is entitled “Beware the Critic,” a meditation on critics and their role in the distillation of literary taste.

Poets are immigrants in the world.

For this end of the year segment, Britt Curtis, the director of the Holland Project, asked me to do a literary highlights of 2019. When I mentioned this to my wife, Debby, she remarked “Poets are immigrants in the world.” This segment is about the poets who have been immigrants—sometimes in their own land—and for the many immigrants all over the globe who write the poems with their lives.

Silences

This segment is about the threshold a writer faces when time is running out. Like all artists, they must grapple with what is left unexpressed.

Going to the Mountain.

This segment is about that moment when an apprentice in any field meets the master, in this case a great writer.

Letter to Failure.

This segment is on finding the will to continue writing when there is no good reason to do so.

The Rose that Will Not Cease to Bloom—Notes on the Poet and Novelist June Sylvester Saraceno.

This segment is on the poet and novelist, June Sylvester Saraceno.

Forgotten.

This segment is on teaching poetry in the prison where I have worked as a volunteer for many years.

Without Mississippi,

This segment is on Kiese Laymon, author and essayist, who was the keynote speaker at the Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl in September, 2019. It is entitled "Without Mississippi," his birthplace.