Dr. Kent Gustavson
I’m excited to be hosting a three-day seminar at The Canebrake in Wagoner, Oklahoma, from June 7-9, 2013. I have been developing the content with a great mentor who is a real expert on thought leadership, and it’s been an honor to be digging into this material. I can’t wait to put my teaching hat back on for a few days next month! More information:
Walk out with a book seminar: www.walkoutwithabook.com
The Canebrake Resort: www.thecanebrake.com (even if you don’t get to my seminar, you have to check this place out – their food is out of this world! And they have a beautiful Yoga Room and spa.)
Amy Weispfennig of Lutheran Campus Ministry in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) put up a great post about Mountain Vespers – the service I wrote in 2001 during my time at Holden Village in Washington state. Thank you, Amy!
I just spent $9.90 on iTunes. What, you might ask, did I buy? Well let me tell you! I just downloaded all ten of the songs on Kent Gustavson’s Mountain Vespers CD. My decision to purchase these songs is completely nostalgic and let me tell you why!
This year, LCM decided to host Pause, our student worship, every week instead of twice per month like in the years past. In order to keep Pause fun and engaging, we do different services each week, including Traditional Pause, Second Supper, Holden Evening Prayer, and Mountain Vespers.
It was an honor to have a long interview with one of the world’s greatest living poets, Billy Collins, for my radio show Sound Authors in 2009. We talked about many things, including the book Ballistics that he had just released.
Here is the complete transcript of our interview
Dr. Kent: Welcome back to Sound Authors. Today is a great day on this show. My next guest is a wonderful poet, one of the best in history, in my opinion. His newest book is called Ballistics, it came out on Random House. Wonderful book, and features one of the best poems in my little collection that I keep at my home, which shows a picture of a bullet going through a book, which I love. Welcome to the show, Billy Collins.
Billy Collins: Thank you for having me on.
Dr. Kent: And tell me a little about this collection Ballistics.
Billy Collins: Well, it just came out last year, so it’s in terms of poetry production it’s still very new. You don’t have to get out an article every day like sports writers do. I don’t know, it’s as you said, it doesn’t really have, well it has the two usual themes. The themes of all my poetry are me and death. Those are basically the two threads that run through it. I don’t really have a vision of a book and then write thematic books, except for those two rather important themes. So I just write one poem at a time, basically, and when it comes time to, when I think I have enough poems that may constitute a book, I start putting them together in a pile and seeing what it looks like. And then there’s some organization work. But I sort of figure that because I’m writing each poem there’ll be some kind of thematic connection between it all.