If you didn’t know that Big Something Producer Noel Black is also poet, consider yourself warned. Tonight (4/5/12) in the Gates Common Room in Palmer Hall (behind Tutt Library) on the Colorado College Campus at 7 p.m., Mr. Black will read poems from his recently published full-length collection Uselysses (Ugly Duckling Presse). Don’t [...]

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040412 April Poem of the Day: Paige

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April Poem of the Day: Emily

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Beginning today and running each week day during April, KRCC will present a poem read by a 5th grader from Ms. Garsoe’s class at Buena Vista Elementary. These students have had the great opportunity to meet with Colorado Poet Laureate Dave Mason, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Jim Ciletti and Jayne Hilberry, Poet and Professor of [...]

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Last summer on Western Skies we gazed into the hazy and complex myths of The West and mystique surrounding cowboy culture. One of our panelists for the Roundtable Discussion was Anne Hyde, Colorado College’s William J. Hochman Professor of History. Hyde is the author of Empires, Nations and Families: A History of the [...]

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If you’ve ever poked around in the children’s section at the Penrose Public Library downtown then you may have seen a little locked glass cabinet full of lovely, out-of-print children’s books. We had [...]

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Who could resist the intrigue of a novel about a young idealistic lefty learning the messy lessons of life during the 1960s against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the San Luis Valley, especially when the book is illustrated by none other than Colorado Springs’ own ultra-conservative political cartoonist [...]

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We were excited to hear that the gorgeous stained glass windows at Grace-St. Stephens Episcopal Church in downtown Colorado Springs, which we’ve featured here on The Big Something in the slide show above, are now the subject of a new coffee table book by parishoners Spot Holmes, Chrys Hutka, Phyllis Kester,Marianna McJimsey, and [...]

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Ludlow, Part 5

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Ludlow, Part 3

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The presentation was produced by Noel Black with assistance from Craig Richardson for KRCC. Music is by Uncle Woody Sullender from the Free Music Archive. Tune in [...]

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The Old North End of Colorado Springs is a treasure trove of turn-of-the-20th-Century architectural gems that local authors Jennifer Wendler Lovell and Robert Loevy have researched and documented in their new book Exploring the Old North End of Colorado Springs – A Guide to its History and Architecture.

We spoke with them about [...]

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The final performance of “Vedem, a Holocaust Oratorio” will take place his morning at 10:30 a.m. at Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. on the Colorado College Campus). Written by poet and librettist David Mason and composed by Lori Laitman, the oratorio tells both the history of the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia [...]

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If the list-making, common-man-loving Walt Whitman had been an artist in the 21st Century, it’s quite possible he would be Streeter Wright. We looked back at Wright’s gas rig drawings from late in 2009 on Tuesday. Now he has a new body of work (presented as his senior show at Colorado College) [...]

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For artist Harrell Fletcher, community itself it art. Though an object—a public sculpture, another artist’s paintings, documentay photographs from another museum, a rug—are sometimes at the heart of his based art projects, the work itself is always about human relationships and processes of community understanding. This Sunday at I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, Colorado College [...]

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Until digital devices compress all novels into the ALLNOVEL, enabling such devices to instantly create the novel you want to read from an algorithm based on your DNA, credit card information and Safeway discount card (a few weeks from now, we’ve heard), people will probably continue to write novels. Steven Hayward, Associate Professor of Literature at Colorado Colleges, is such a person. Hayward read a segment of his new novel, Don’t Be Afraid, for us and talked about his writing in advance of his reading tomorrow night.

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On Monday we featured a documentary in the works about Hanna Ranch and the family of the late environmentalist and rancher Kirk Hanna. This children’s book about the young Kirk Hanna by writer Nancy Wood and her then-husband Myron Wood was brought to our attention and we were fortunate enough to get permission [...]

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Now a Big Something Holiday Tradition, here’s a reading of this beautiful out-of-print edition of The Night Before Christmas by TBS Producer Noel Black’s son, Ursen. The music is “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” [...]

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Based on his Pulitzer-Prize-nominated 2009 article “Casualties of War” about the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on a platoon of Fort Carson soldiers after they returned from Iraq, Gazette reporter Dave Phillips’ book Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home was published on November 9. Though the official book signing at Border’s was last week, you can pick up a copy and get it signed tonight at Southside Johnny’s tonight from 5 to 8 p.m.

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The Middle Distance, 11.5.10: “Eternal Yes”

My sister Kim always said yes.

Yes to a ride down the island to look at birds. Yes to a walk on the beach. Yes to a game of Uno. Yes to whatever was prepared for dinner. Yes to a movie. Yes to the dreaded question: [...]

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(“Observing National Book Week” by Sleet Brown, ca. 1948. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-5199.)

The Middle Distance, 10.27.10: “Storytelling”

In her masterpiece, The God of Small Things, Indian novelist Arundhati Roy says this about stories: “The secret of the Great Stories is that they have [...]

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Poet Eamon Grennan will read tomorrow night as part of the Colorado College Visiting Writers Series. His poems have appeared in the likes of Slate, The New Yorker and the Threepenny Review. Though he spent most of his career teaching at Vassar in upstate New York, he now teaches at Columbia University and New York University and divides his time between Poughkeepsie and Renvyle in his home country of Ireland. His latest book is Out of Sight: New & Selected Poems on Graywolf Press. You can hear him read in the Gates Common Room along with a group of Colorado College students on Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m. in the Gates Common Room on the second floor of Palmer Hall on the Colorado College Campus. Grennan stopped by the KRCC studios to read a few poems and talk with us about his writing.

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