May 22, 2019

Bylenok Featured on With Good Reason Public Radio Show

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Laura Bylenok

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Laura Bylenok

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Laura Bylenok will be featured in an upcoming segment of With Good Reason on public radio stations across the country.  An award-winning poet who stitches together her love of science with her passion for the written word, Bylenok will read from her recent collection on WGR’s Poetry That Heals, airing March 16 to 22.

“In college, [Bylenok] was fascinated with genetic engineering. Now, she manipulates language, not DNA,” says the show’s description. “Her recent book turns familiar forms into poetic laboratory experiments.”

Sharing selections from her book Warp, winner of the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize, Bylenok describes her fascination with molecular biology and genetics, explaining her use of the words and concepts they conjure to put the human condition into prose. An inspiration for her poem Genome, she tells WGR host Sarah McConnell, before reading the piece on air, is a haunting image left by a past professor, an endocrinologist who sewed together pairs of living rats.

With Good Reason airs Sundays at 2 p.m. in Fredericksburg on Radio IQ 88.3 Digital. A complete list of broadcast times and audio files of the full programs (posted the week of the show) can be found online at www.withgoodreasonradio.org. Produced by Virginia Humanities for the Virginia Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium, With Good Reason airs on 100 stations in 33 states.  Read more.

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