Poem by NSU Professor to be Featured on NPR

NATCHITOCHES – A poem by Northwestern State University Professor Emeritus of English Julie Kane, “Used Book,” will be read on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac” Friday, Feb. 3. This is the third time Kane’s work has been featured on the NPR show. “Particle Physics” from Kane’s book “Jazz Funeral” was read on the program in 2009 and “Used Book” was previously read in 2011.

“The Writer’s Almanac” is hosted by Garrison Keillor, the former host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” and is broadcast in northwest and central Louisiana on Red River Radio stations KDAQ-FM (89.9) in Shreveport and KLSA-FM in Alexandria (90.7) at 9 a.m.

“Garrison Keillor believes that poetry belongs to everyone and that it can enrich our everyday lives,” said Kane. “I was told he sometimes repeats poems he likes. I am thrilled at the opportunity to have my words connect with his nearly 800,000 listeners.”

“Used Book” is a sonnet Kane wrote about finding a signed copy of a book of her poetry in a used bookstore.

“It’s a cheerful sonnet until the last two lines,” said Kane. “I pick it up, look at the dedication page and see who has sold the book back.”

“Used Book” was a winner of the Open Poetry Sonnet Competition, a competition sponsored by the United Kingdom-based Open Poetry Ltd.

Kane was Louisiana poet laureate for two years. Her latest book is “Paper Bullets.” She won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize for “Jazz Funeral.” A former Fulbright Scholar, Kane was a winner of the National Poetry Series Open Competition for her book “Rhythm & Booze.” She was a finalist for one of the major prizes in American poetry, The Poets’ Prize for the Best Collection of American Poetry, and a judge for the 2005 National Book Award in Poetry. Northwestern State honored her with the 2004 Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award.

“The Writer’s Almanac” is a daily radio program in which Keillor presents a list of cultural events and anniversaries, many associated with literary figures, then ends with the poetry reading.  The program is broadcast to nearly 400 public radio stations around the country.  The program audio is also streamed and podcast from and archived at writersalmanac.publicradio.org and may be streamed or archived on station websites.