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Interview with Karen Benke and Daniel Polikoff by Neshama Franklin

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Published on Jul 21, 2014

Marin Poets Live! is a public access television monthly show presented by Marin County Free Library (http://www.marinlibrary.org/) and features host Neshama Franklin, who works at the Fairfax Branch Library. The show introduces local Marin poets and delves into their reasons for writing and the influence that living in Marin County has had on their poetry.

In each interview, Neshama spends time eliciting background from each poet as well as offering her insights into the poems that each guest reads aloud.

This interview with Karen Benke and Daniel Polikoff aired Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:30pm.

The monthly show appears the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm PST. Check the Community Media Center of Marin for schedules (http://cmcm.tv/community-schedule).

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Karen Benke Biography
Karen Benke is the author of Sister (Conflux Press, 2004), RIP THE PAGE! Adventures in Creative Writing (Roost Books/Shambhala, 2010), LEAP WRITE IN! Adventures in Creative Writing to Stretch & Surprise Your One-of-a-Kind Mind (Roost Books/Shambhala, 2013), and the monthly subscription-based, handwritten, snail-mail museletter.

A coach who specializes in using creative writing to tap into the heart's truest desires and intentions, Karen's been a California Poet in the Schools for 20+ years and brings her magic word ticket bag to book fairs and community events to write poems-on-the-spot for kids and kids-at-heart. She has seen her work published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines, including Rattle, Ploughshares, Poetry East, Hawaii Pacific Review, Common Ground Review, Pilgrimage, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. A recipient of grants from Poets & Writers and Marin Arts Council Fund For Artists as well as residencies from Hedgebrook and Djerassi Resident Artists Program, she lives north of the Golden Gate Bridge with her husband, 12 year-old son, and a magic cat named Clive.

More information can be found on her website, www.karenbenke.com

Bibliography
2013 - Leap Write In! Adventures in Creative Writing to Stretch & Surprise Your One-of-a-kind Mind
2010 - Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing
2004 - Sister

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Daniel Polikoff Biography
Daniel Polikoff is a poet, translator, and internationally recognized Rilke scholar. In addition to numerous (over seventy) journal and anthology publications and a Pushcart Prize nomination, Daniel has published two books of poetry (Dragon Ship and The Hands of Stars). His recent (2011) acclaimed book on Rilke and archetypal psychology In the Image of Orpheus: Rilke—A Soul History has found readers around the world, and he will be offering a course in Rilke at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the fall.

Daniel originally hails from the Chicago area, but has now lived in Marin for over 16 years, the majority of it in his current address up on the ridge near the Miwok trail in Mill Valley, where he lives with wife Monika and fourteen-year-old son Hyden.

Daniel's most recent, just completed project is a joint one with Hyden: a mixed genre creative non-fiction/poetry book titled Safari: A Father and Son's African Adventure.

Daniel's work and upcoming lectures/events are posted on his website: danielpolikoff.com

Bibliography
2011 - In the Image of Orpheus: Rilke a Soul History
2008 - The Hands of Stars
2007 - Dragon Ship
2003 - Parzival / Gawain: Two Plays

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