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The Occasion is a themed poetry show airing monthly on fourth Mondays from 10pm-11pm. Hosted by Jennifer Perrine, The Occasion features interviews with poets, who offer a selection of their “greatest hits,” read poems written specifically for the show’s theme, and recommend some of their favorite poems by other authors.  Every episode offers something old, something new, something borrowed, and something true.

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"Anthem," Shin Yu Pai

Airs at: Mon, 07/27/2020 at 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The theme for July is "Anthem," and the featured guest is Shin Yu Pai. Shin Yu Pai is the author of several books including Ensō (Entre Rios Books, 2020), Aux Arcs (La Alameda, 2013), Adamantine (White Pine, 2010), Sightings (1913 Press, 2007), and Equivalence (La Alameda, ... Read more

"Pride," Nastashia Minto

Airs at: Mon, 06/22/2020 at 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The theme for June is "Pride," and the featured guest is Nastashia Minto. Nastashia is the author of Naked: The Rhythm and Groove of It. The Depth and Length to It. An African American woman born in South Georgia and raised there by her grandparents, she grew up in poverty ... Read more

"Mother," Traci Brimhall

Airs at: Mon, 05/25/2020 at 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The theme for May is "Mother," and this month's show features Traci Brimhall. Traci is the author of four collections of poetry: Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon Press), Saudade (Copper Canyon Press), Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), and Rookery (S... Read more

"Fools," Kate Gray

Airs at: Mon, 04/27/2020 at 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The theme for April is "Fools," and this month's show features Kate Gray, who is the author of For Every Girl: New & Selected Poems and Another Sunset We Survive, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and followed her chapbooks, Bone-Knowing, winner of the Gertrude... Read more

"Luck," Kelly Terwilliger

Airs at: Sat, 03/28/2020 at 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The theme for March is "Luck," and features guest Kelly Terwilliger, a poet and storyteller from Eugene, Oregon. She is the author of a collection of poems, Riddle, Fish Hook, Thorn, Key, a chapbook, A Glimpse of Oranges, and two published picture books. She has an uneasy r... Read more

"Leap," Brittney Corrigan

Airs at: Mon, 02/24/2020 at 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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The theme for February is "Leap," and features guest poet Brittney Corrigan, who was raised in Colorado but has called Portland, Oregon her home since 1990. She holds a degree from Reed College, where she is also employed. Brittney’s poems have appeared in numerous journals... Read more