Skip to main content
Behind the Read

Behind the Read

By The NEA Big Read Lakeshore
Big Read Lakeshore of Hope College is proud to present Behind the Read, a podcast series that offers listeners insights and perspectives on all what goes into, around and behind the act of reading. Our host and program director Dr. Deb Van Duinen will talk all things reading, literacy and books with friends of the Big Read Lakeshore.

Behind the Read is a production of Hope College’s Big Read Lakeshore program. Through Big Read events and programming, we promote and foster a culture along the West Michigan Lakeshore where reading matters.

Learn more at bigreadlakeshore.com!
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Breaker Logo

Breaker

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Currently playing episode

Professor Bill Moreau | Reading is connecting the greater storyline

Behind the Read

1x
David James | Poetry is a language experience
In this episode, I have a conversation with David James. James, who writes as D.R. James has taught writing, literature, and peace-making at Hope College for 34 years and lives in the woods near Saugatuck, Michigan. His poems and prose have appeared in a variety of journals Including Galway Review) and anthologies, his latest of eight poetry collections are If god were gentle (Dos Madres Press) and Surreal Expulsion (The Poetry Box), and his microchapbook All Her Jazz is free and downloadable-for-the-folding at the Origami Poems. Here are links to his works mentioned in the episode: http://www.amazon.com/author/drjamesauthorpage https://www.dosmadres.com/shop/mobius-trip-by-d-r-james/ Learn more about our program at bigreadlakeshore.com and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things Big Read!
36:25
November 23, 2021
Jack Ridl | Poetry is what poets write
In this episode, I have a conversation with Jack Ridl. Jack Ridl taught at Hope from 1971 until retiring in 2006. With his wife Julie, Ridl founded the Visiting Writers Series at Hope College, later named the "Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series" in his honor, He is the author of several collections of poetry, and has also published more than 300 poems in journals and has work included in numerous anthologies. He has given readings of  his work and led workshops at colleges, universities, art colonies and other venues around the country. Learn more about our program at bigreadlakeshore.com and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things Big Read!
53:39
November 12, 2021
Thea Patterson | Reading is more than words on a page
In this podcast episode, I talk with Thea Patterson, one of my former Hope College students! Now, she's a teaches sixth grade English and is sharing her expertise with our Big Read community. We talk about her love for literature and where it began, engaging with characters, books as windows and mirrors, and her book recommendations! We admire Thea's love for literacy and we cannot wait for you to get to know her through this episode. Learn more about our program at bigreadlakeshore.com and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things Big Read!
34:44
October 28, 2021
Karen Rowe | Reading is building community
In this podcast episode, I talk with Karen Rowe, Black River High School English teacher. We talk about her involvement with the Big Read (eight years!) and how she's seen reading benefit and build community. Karen uses examples from her own classroom, other classrooms, and even her daughter to share ideas and tools for utilizing reading in a community. We are so grateful for Karen! Learn more about our program at bigreadlakeshore.com and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things Big Read!
29:21
October 1, 2021
Professor Bill Moreau | Reading is connecting the greater storyline
In this podcast episode, I talk with Professor Bill Moreau, associate professor of English at Hope College. Our conversation is focused on the strategies he uses to emphasize literature and reading with his students, both at the high school and college levels. Bill has a keen understanding teaching the greater storyline of literature and shares some of the strategies he uses with his students! Learn more about our program at bigreadlakeshore.com and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things Big Read! Contact Professor Moreau: https://hope.edu/directory/people/moreau-bill/index.html
43:46
September 3, 2021
Dr. Tato Gyulamiryan | Reading is like going on a trip together
In this podcast episode, I talk with Dr. Tatevik (Tato) Gyulamiryan, associate professor of Spanish at Hope College. In our conversation, Tato explains why the Big Read Lakeshore is her favorite event on campus and reflects on the ways she makes the study of literature timely, relevant, and engaging to the college students in her classes. Learn more about our program at bigreadlakeshore.com and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things Big Read! Contact Dr. Tato Gyulamiryan: https://hope.edu/directory/people/gyulamiryan-tatevik/index.html
36:45
August 19, 2021
Introducing... Behind the Read!
Big Read Lakeshore of Hope College is proud to present Behind the Read, a podcast series that offers listeners insights and perspectives on all what goes into, around and behind the act of reading. Tune into our biweekly podcast!
02:11
August 12, 2021