Family & Lifestyle

Hearing Poems, Sharing Your Own Stories

Worlds Awaiting
  • Oct 22, 2016 6:00 pm
  • 28:51

Hearing Poems (3:24) A child’s first experience with poetry is almost never with the eyes. Children hear poems before they ever see them. Gina Clark, a poet and teacher, believes poetry was meant to be heard – not read. Today, Clark visits with Rachel on Worlds Awaiting, about the plusses of reading aloud to our children. It helps them as they’re beginning to read, speak, and explore language. Gina will also reads some of her own poems in the course of the interview.    Gina Clark is a Utah native and mother of six children - ages 5 to 15. She completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry at Arizona State University and has taught as an adjunct at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. She’s currently a writing instructor with BYU's Independent Study. It should go without saying that Gina is an avid supporter of her local public library (Orem, Utah), where she’s been a volunteer storyteller for over a decade. Her monthly Storytime presentations might better be called Poetrytime, since she packs in plenty of poems! Stories (15:07) Next, Rachel visits with Julie Rose, host of Top of Mind on BYU Radio. Here she tells the story of writing and recording episodes from her childhood. She was motivated by a desire to share them with her nieces and nephews. The whole exercise brought her closer to her siblings and deepened the bond with her nieces and nephews. Julie also gives tips on preserving personal and family stories. Julie Rose is a seasoned broadcast journalist and interviewer, and, winner of multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards. Prior to joining BYU Radio, Rose worked as a reporter and produced spots and feature news stories for NPR's Morning Edition and All Thing Considered. Teachers on Reading (25:32) We finish up the show today with some teachers from Wasatch Elementary in Provo, Utah, who talk with Clara Goodwin of Worlds Awaiting about how they encourage their students to read.