Kelsey Erin Shipman and W. Joe Hoppe

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This week we are talking with singer-songwriter & poet Kelsey Erin Shipman about her upcoming CD; and with poet W. Joe Hoppe about his book Diamond Plate.

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Kelsey Erin Shipman is a poet, performer and educator. She teaches writing to middle school students in South Austin, senior citizens at the public library, and undergraduates at Texas State University. She has performed her poems in Europe, Africa, South America, and across the United States, and recorded her first full length spoken word album set to come out this summer. In print, her work has recently appeared in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Sagebrush Review, The Austin Chronicle, and is forthcoming in The African American Review. Kelsey holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University and is the Writer-In-Residence at the Katherine Anne Porter House. A native Texan, she loves big dogs and breakfast tacos. Learn more at

W. Joe Hoppe grew up in the rust-belt town of Jackson, Michigan, and has degrees from Jackson Community College, The University of Michigan, and The University of Texas, where he received a James A. Michener Fellowship. Among many jobs, he’s worked as a janitor in a tool & die shop, service station attendant, newspaper reporter, social worker with homeless folks in Minneapolis, and library clerk. He’s lived in Austin, Texas, since 1989 and taught English and Creative Writing while working at Austin Community College since 1996. His first full-length book of poetry, Galvanized, came out in 2007 under the Dalton Publishing imprimatur. W. Joe is the proud Mopar Muscle Cars of Austin’s 2011 Member of the Year.