Poets take language and weave it into a story that explores the dark corners, the emotional epiphanies, the roller coaster ride of living and dreaming, and the mundane. Poets weave truth, imaginings, blessings, and riots of color. They weave the raw, the vulnerable, the real, and then they sleep on it and start again in the living of their own stories and watching the world and the stories unfolding all around us. Star Coulbrooke, the Poet Laureate of Logan, Utah, has her own story of how she found her poetry, lost her poetry, and found it again as she created her life on purpose. In this interview Star shares some of her personal story, stories and experiences she’s created as the Poet Laureate in a northern Utah university town, and we discuss how the process of living our lives is the process of creating poetry through the details and emotion involved in the wild ride of life. Join us for this beautiful conversation with a woman who creates poetry and helps others to find the poetry in their own lives.
Stories are models of how to live. We often look to how others do things in order to determine how we should do things. Stories are often the vehicle in which these models are exchanged. Today we learn that when our life stories don’t turn out in a way that fits our cultural models we can listen to stories from others to find additional worthwhile ways to create our lives. Today I interview Lynne McNeill, a professor of Folklore at Utah State University. Come along and listen to her considerable expertise in story, and what we can learn from becoming aware of our stories, the stories of those around us, and the co-creation of meaning that results.