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 weekly 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. Her essays have been picked up by KQED's The California Report and in 2010 she won a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant from KVMR.

"I've loved radio all my life for the way it enters our minds so directly, not impeded by visual clutter. The intimacy of it, the fact that it's private but still so connected is compelling. I've fallen in love with many radio voices, male and female, 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 Anderson Cooper, but tons of people try to reach radio broadcasters, the big NPR names as well as the local ones. Radio is intensely personal that way."

"Also, the way radio calls our imaginations into play is hugely important. 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 see that tropical landscape inside your mind as you shimmy around the house. Radio lets you play, it's interactive. You can bring it with you into your life."

"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 taught me a huge amount about listening well to other shows; it broadened my knowledge of music and communication enormously. Learning to write to a three-minute limit taught me almost everything I know about revision, too. I can turn a sentence in so many directions, just to gain or shave off a few seconds. I'm grateful, and glad to be part of the family."


Molly's commentary has been collected into four books: Blow-Drying a Chicken; Using Your Turn Signal Promotes World Peace; Houston, We Have a Possum; and Naming Your Teeth. Her three-minute pieces air at the end of the News Hour on Thursday evenings at 6:25 p.m. and are syndicated (somewhat randomly) 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, was the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Nevada County and seems to be the perpetual Poet Laureate of KVMR. In 2019 she became one of 13 Poet Laureate Fellows nationally, designated by the Academy of American Poets. Visit her at