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LISTEN: Walter Bargen, First Poet Laureate Of Missouri, On Leading A Parade

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Taylor Galscock
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Walter Bargen served as the first poet laureate of Missouri, in 2008 and 2009. His poems, essays, and stories have been published in more than 300 magazines.

In advance of his appearance in Kansas City this Tuesday, KCUR aired an excerpt from the New Letters on the Air archives, when Bargen read a poem and spoke with Angela Elam about the sometimes strange role of the public poet.

Walter Bargen and Michael Harty read from their work at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, Kansas, 66212, 913-826-4600.

Angela Elam, producer/host of UMKC's literary radio show New Letters on the Air has worked in public radio since 1988, but she got her start as a reader for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany in 1981.
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