RadioACTive: January 26, 2021

  • January 26, 2021
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#RoundtableTuesday reflects on the Biden-Harris inauguration, featuring 'The Hill We Climb' by inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and Trish Hopkinson of Rock Canyon Poets. Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place with authors Pam Houston and Amy Irvine and former US Senator Mark Udall. #3QuickPicks from SLCPL and the League of Women Voters of Utah

Tonight's lineup:

#PoetryStillHappens with Trish Hopkinson, Rock Canyon Poets, a reflection on The Hill We Climb, the presidential inauguration poem by Amanda Gorman. At just 22 years old, Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history.

  • Looking to publish your verse? Hopkinson keeps a running log of opportunities at, including the opportunity to be on a future edition of #PoetryStillHappens on KRCL's RadioACTive. 

#3QuickPicks with Azra Basic, adult services librarian at the Marmalade Branch, Salt Lake City Public Library. Inspired by Gorman's poem, we asked Basic for poetry picks:

  1. Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation by John Freeman.  Tales of Two Americas is a collection of  powerful stories, essays and poems that demonstrate how boundaries break down when experiences are shared, and that in sharing our stories we can help to alleviate a suffering that touches so many people  

  2. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. This is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache.  

  3. The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough by Amanda Gorman. In her first poetry book released in 2015, Gorman centers her poems around race, feminism, marginalization and more.

#3QuickPicks on #ThePeoplesBusiness at the Utah Legislature with Emily Walsh, League of Women Voters of Utah. To catch up on the league's picks from the 2020 session, click here

  • Wednesdays through March 5: Join League of Women Voters of Utah for a virtual lunch at 11:00 a.m. each Wednesday. They'll catch you up on the action and answer your questions about the 2021 General Session of the Utah Legislature. 

Excerpts from Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place, an online event presented by Torrey House Press on the eve of the Biden-Harris inauguration. To hear the full conversation with TP's Kirsten Allen, authors Pam Houston and Amy Irvine and former US Senator Mark Udall, click here

Views, thoughts or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, 90.9fm KRCL. Tonight's RadioACTive team included:

  • Community Co-Hosts: Roundtable Tuesday—Risshan Leak, Tamrika Khvtisiashvili
  • Exec. Producer:  Lara Jones
  • Assoc. Producer: Billy Palmer