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By Melonie Cannon

Today’s podcast is so amazing to listen to that I broke it into two parts! I just couldn’t edit out anymore of my wonderful conversation with Dayna Patterson. She is a writer, editor, and a beautiful poet. She is a co-editor (with Tyler Chadwick and Martin Pulido) of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry, and she’s the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre. She earned her MFA from Western Washington University, where she served as the managing editor of Bellingham Review. She is also the poetry editor for Exponent II Magazine. You can find her at DaynaPatterson.com.

In Part One of the podcast, I talk to Dayna about her life and the portrayal of mothers in Shakespeare’s plays. I think we disagreed about Gertrude. You’ll also melt hearing her poem about Ophelia. Fun Stuff.

In Part Two we discuss Dove Song, Heavenly Mother, what Mormon women are doing underground, and Dayna reads two poems. We also get to hear Dayna’s writing advice. You don’t want to miss this.

If you would like to read Segullah’s review of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry, you can find it by clicking the link here.

About Melonie Cannon

Melonie has surrounded herself with beautiful words for as long as she can remember. This led her to find a home with Segullah after writing an essay published in the May 2006 Segullah issue. She was invited to join the staff and has been a part of Segullah in various capacities since, including being the creator of the “Words Fall In” podcast.  She received her M.Ed from the University of Utah and was a certified Secondary English teacher before becoming a Mom of four. Over the years, her focus has been on natural healing modalities and becoming a sacred sound healing practitioner with a focus on the drum, rhythm, voice, and vibration. She is finishing her PH.D. in theology and metaphysics to further these studies and help women to connect to the divine within themselves.

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