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Molly Fisk

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"Poets notice what other people miss. Nationally-known poet Molly Fisk’s singular perspective on love, death, grammar, lingerie, small towns, and the natural world will get you laughing, crying, and thinking."

Nevada City poet Molly Fisk has written commentary for the KVMR News Hour since 2004. From 2000 to 2004 she was co-host of Book Town, with Eric Tomb, and from 2000 to 2009 she was an active member of the KVMR Women's Collective. In 2006/2007, three of Molly's essays were picked up by KQED's The California Report. In 2010 she won a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant from KVMR, and in 2012 she was one of three broadcasters whose shows were made available for syndication.

"I've loved radio all my life for the way it enters the human brain so directly, not impeded by visual clutter. The intimacy of it, the fact that it's so private but still so connected is compelling. I've fallen in love with so many radio voices, male and female, just because of that closeness. And radio seems the perfect way to convey local or national goings on, keeping people informed and at the same time reassured that the fabric of community is in place. You'd never think of calling up Tom Brokaw, but tons of people try to reach radio broadcasters, the big NPR names as well as the local ones. Radio is personal that way."

"I think it's hugely important the way radio calls our imaginations into play. You can be standing at your front door, looking out into the rain, and still hear Click & Clack arguing about catalytic converters and imagine what they look like from the sounds of their raucous voices. Or some jive-ass Brazilian insanity that Dawn Fischer has gotten ahold of will come on and you can just see that tropical landscape inside your mind as you shimmy around the house. Radio lets you play too, it's interactive. You can bring it with you into your life. TV seems like a Neanderthal format in comparison, because you have to stop whatever you're doing. It foists somebody else's idea of what the world is supposed to be like onto you, instead of letting you invent your own."

"So I'm delighted to be part of the making side, the sending end, as well as the receiving. I want people to know me, and I want to bring them all the weird stuff from the community and the world that I find delicious and interesting. Learning to be a broadcaster has taught me a huge amount about listening well to other shows; it's broadened my knowledge of music and communication enormously. I'm grateful, and glad to be part of the family."

Molly's commentary has been collected into two books: Blow-Drying a Chicken, and Using Your Turn Signal Promotes World Peace. Her three-minute pieces air at the end of the News Hour on Thursday evenings at 6:25 p.m. and are syndicated on community stations around the country. She's the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a California Arts Council grant in poetry, and has been nominated for Poet Laureate of California. She is currently Poet Laureate of KVMR. Visit her at http://www.mollyfisk.com