Poet Laureate

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back poet, author and Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads his poem, "Queen Anne's Lace," which he dedicates to the white lanky wild flower of the same name (it's actually a member of the carrot family!). Meet Walter in person next month in Ashland - watch for details! July 18, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first poet laureate and accomplished author, WALTER BARGEN! In honor of this Saturday's national migratory bird count, Walter reads two of his poems that are dedicated to our feathered friends: "To Keep Going" at [3:45] and "Flying on Instruments" at [5:54]. May 9, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local author and poet WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads two warm weather-themed poems: 'Sea Fever' by John Masefield at [1:16]; and his own, 'Point Dume Screen Test', at [3:50]. March 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back author/poet WALTER BARGEN! Walter performs two of his original poems, "Ice Bound" [2:44] and "Civilized Sacrifice" [5:30]. Enjoy! January 3, 2017

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first Poet Laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads "The Feast," a Thanksgiving-themed story he wrote based on actual events. October 28, 2016

Thinking Out Loud: Poet Laureate Aliki Barnstone

Sep 16, 2016
John Farmer de la Torre

The State of Missouri's poet laureate,  Aliki Barnstone, spoke with KBIA's Darren Hellwege on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first Poet Laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter shares two poems that perfectly capture summertime in Missouri: "Perfumed Kingdoms" at [3:15] and "Capsize" at [5:17]. Watch! August 12, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter shares with us two of his poems: "The Heebie Jeebies" [1:23] and "Harmony Tornado" [5:03] from the book, "Days Like This Are Necessary." May 13, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN, who shares with us another original poem about snakes. This one - slightly disturbing if you're a fan of rabbits - is titled "Chinese Boxes," and takes place just off the MKT Trail in Columbia. February 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper and WALTER BARGEN, Missouri's first Poet Laureate, take a slight detour from the holiday season to discuss snakes. Rattlesnakes. Copperheads. Black Snakes. Find out why, plus listen to a performance of "Snake Music" - a short poem written by Walter. December 11, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with Missouri's first Poet Laureate, Walter Bargen. Walter treats us to a reading of his poem, "Moon Walk Missouri," which he wrote for the state, and even presented a framed copy of to former Gov. Matt Blunt. September 23, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with Missouri's first poet laureate, Walter Bargen, about "Trouble Behind Glass Doors," first published in 2013. Listen to Walter read two poems, "Dyslexic Forrest" and "University of Fields," the latter of which was written for former MU Chancellor Brady Deaton. June 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back WALTER BARGEN, Missouri's first poet laureate, to talk about how he was chosen to take on that job title, and to talk about his books, "Gone West" and "Trouble Behind Glass Doors." April 3, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with first-time guest - and Missouri's first poet laureate - WALTER BARGEN. Walter has written many books, his latest being "Gone West," which he reads a portion of on today's show! January 20, 2015