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WFIU’s ‘The Poets Weave’ to air 1000th episode March 31

Photo of Jenny Kander, Photo by Nadav Kander.
Photo of Jenny Kander, Photo by Nadav Kander.

Bloomington, Ind., March 26, 2024 – WFIU Public Radio’s weekly radio program and podcast The Poets Weave reaches a milestone this Sunday when its 1,000th episode airs on March 31.

The Poets Weave was created in 2006 by Jenny Kander, who produced and hosted the program until 2009. After moving from South Africa to Bloomington in 1992, Kander promised herself that she would take poetry classes—something she never had time for previously. This began her influence in the Bloomington community as the “poetry lady,” a title she says she adores.

LuAnn Johnson, producer of The Poets Weave, is grateful to Kander for starting the program and showcasing the work of local poets.

“I feel proud and fortunate to work on a program that shares the diverse, insightful, and creative voices of writers from the Bloomington community and beyond. Poetry is vibrant and takes many forms, and I think The Poets Weave offers folks moments of reflection and, perhaps, sparks new ideas and questions about life and the world,” Johnson said.

Episode 1,000 of The Poets Weave will feature Antonia Matthew reading “Rabbit Mysteries” and other poems with spring themes. Matthew has lived in Bloomington since 1968 and has been a part of the Five Women Poets writing workshop for 39 years. She has been published in small magazines, self-published a chapbook on her mother’s Alzheimer’s, and has written a play about her experiences as a child in World War II England.

The Poets Weave airs Sundays at 3:54 p.m. on WFIU and 5:54 p.m. on WFIU2. Episodes are also available on The Poets Weave website,, and through major podcast platforms.

About The Poets Weave

The Poets Weave is a weekly five-minute program of poetry reading hosted by Bloomington-based poet Romayne Rubinas Dorsey, a senior lecturer at Indiana University.

About WFIU

WFIU Public Radio is south central Indiana’s source for news, arts, and music programming, broadcasting from the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. The station is one of the original 90 charter members of NPR and currently offers programming from that network and other national and regional program providers. WFIU serves more than 20 counties in Indiana and is available at 103.7 FM and 101.9 FM (WFIU2) in Bloomington, 100.7 FM in Columbus, 101.7 FM in French Lick/West Baden, 98.9 FM in Greensburg, 106.1 FM in Kokomo, 100.1 FM (WFIU2) in Seymour, 95.1 FM in Terre Haute, and streaming at

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