Conrad Balliet

Host - Conrad's Corner

Conrad A. Balliet was weaned on the likes of "Mary had a little lamb," bounced on his mother's knee to the tune of the Pennsylvania Dutch rhyme of "ride-a ride-a Geilie," grew up in a home with Kipling's "If" on a plaque on the wall, and spent his adolescence with The Best Loved Poems of the American People, fancying himself as A.E. Housman's Shropshire Lad.

After brief and not very successful efforts at painting (houses and fences), bus driving, and the U.S. Army, he worked his way as an English major through Muhlenberg, Lehigh, and Cornell. His academic interests paralleled his personal growth from late Victorian to early modern, and he spent, part time, many years wandering through Europe and the lower reaches of the imagination trying to understand and explain the poetic and human complexities of W.B. Yeats and his beloved Maud Gonne MacBride.

He came to WYSO in 1993, and still does what he enjoyed doing at Wittenberg University for thirty years: reads and recites poetry whenever possible, and encourages people to share his appreciation and love of images and metaphors, rhythms and rhymes.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Conrad's Corner: March 5, 2012

Conrad Balliet reads Jim Brooks' poem, "Running in Place."

Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Sun March 4, 2012

Conrad's Corner: An Interview with Gary Mitchner

Gary Mitchner knew in the 10th grade that he wanted to be an English professor.  He has taught in poetry and writing in high schools and colleges around the Miami Valley.  Here Mitchner speaks with Conrad Balliet about what advice he passes on to students and his own writing craft.

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Conrad's Corner: March 2, 2012

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poem, "He Fell Out of the Sky."

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Conrad's Corner: February 28, 2012

David Garrison reads his poem, "Bach in the DC Metro."

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

Conrad's Corner: February 26, 2012

Myrna Stone reads her poem, "Once Upon a Time."

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