As I drove to work today, I switched my NPR station on the car radio to Toledo's WGTE and caught Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac" show at 9 a.m.
If you haven't heard it, it's a five minute show in which Keillor provides literary trivia, gives a "today in history" bit about whatever interests him, and reads a poem or two.
Monday, he read a poem called "Tree" by Liane Ellison Norman. The poem is posted today on the program's Web site.
I half listened, but sat up when Keillor explained the poem was from "Breathing the West: Great Basin Poems" published by Bottom Dog Press.
Bottom Dog Press is published in Huron. The owner, chief editor (and everything else) is Larry R. Smith, an English professor emeritus at BGSU Firelands. (I thought "emeritus" meant you get to put your feet up and quit working -- my ambition is to be a "newspaper reporter emeritus" -- but in fact he still teaches.)
Smith also is a poet and novelist (21 books so far) and teaches Buddhist meditation at Converging Paths Meditation Center in Sandusky, which he founded with his wife, Ann. He's even the poet laureate for the city of Huron. He also plays the guitar and he's a peace activist and film buff.
Apparently he still finds time to listen to the radio.
"I was pleased and excited to have Garrison Keillor read one of our poems. I caught it this morning...loved hearing our book and press mentioned," he told me.
The podcast site for "The Writer's Almanac" is here.