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Poetically Yours Extended Podcast - Between two poet laureates

Christine Swanberg at her poet laureate ceremony.
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Christine Swanberg at her poet laureate ceremony.

Welcome to another episode of the Poetically Yours extended podcast.

April is National Poetry month and WNIJ felt it would be fitting to share a conversation between two inaugural poet laureates. Karen Fullett-Christensen is the first poet laureate of Aurora, Illinois and Christine is the first one for Rockford, Illinois. They shared how this world forced them to write about things they wouldn’t have normally written about, how it felt to be a poet laureate during the pandemic, and what their next adventures are.

  • Yvonne Boose is a current corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. It's a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms like WNIJ. You can learn more about Report for America at wnij.org.
Yvonne covers artistic, cultural, and spiritual expressions in the COVID-19 era. This could include how members of community cultural groups are finding creative and innovative ways to enrich their personal lives through these expressions individually and within the context of their larger communities. Boose is a recent graduate of the Illinois Media School and returns to journalism after a career in the corporate world.