We speak with Patrick Scully about Leaves of Grass – Illuminated, now playing in Minneapolis. Scully reveals Walt Whitman’s many sides: from the furtive—changing genders to “straighten things up”—to the fierce: defying the censors and getting banned in Boston. More info is available at http://thehookmpls.com/event/leaves-of-grass/
We also talk with Jennifer Bowen Hicks about the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, which will be having its annual public reading at Hamline University on Saturday, October 22nd at 7pm. She is a writer who has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, a Best American Essay notable distinction, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Iowa Review and Rumpus.
As part of that conversation, we'll chat with Paul Van Dyke, who is a writer and an alumnus of the program. He is an Army veteran of Iraq and a recipient of the Purple Heart. His work has been published in Water~Stone Review, Literature & the Arts, and 0-Dark Thirty, among other publications. He recently had a chapbook collection published by Red Bird Chapbooks. He serves on the board of directors for MPWW.