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WORDS FALL IN- A Segullah Podcast with Markay Brown

By Melonie Cannon

Markay Brown has wisdom. She has lived a life of love and loss. In our podcast, she tells us a little about it, but wants us to really find and get to know her through her poetry. It is in the written word where Markay truly opens up. Through an extensive use of metaphor, this poet describes her deep life. There are a lot of images to unfold and think about. Although she heard and read poetry since she was a little girl, Markay did not start officially writing it until she was sixty, showing us it’s never too late to start writing.

Because she received first place in the book length poetry 2014 Utah Arts Original Writing Competition, Markay will have her book Eve’s Child published in October. Please come to it’s launch on Saturday, October 26th, 2019, at 2:00 pm, at the Orem City, Utah library.

Thank you, Markay, for the interesting interview and reminding us to live as a poet – observing, loving, and living a meaningful life.

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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  1. Upcoming Events in St. George and Orem:

    Markay will conduct a poetry class and reading on Saturday Oct 12th at Dixie State University, in conjuction with the St. George Literary Arts Festival

    Markay Brown will read from her 2019 Book of the Year, Planted in a Storm, on two separate dates & locations as follows:

    Saturday Oct 26th in the Orem Library, 58 N. State St., Orem, UT 84057, at 2 pm
    First week in November in St. George (date/time/location to be posted when arranged)

    Thank you for conducting this interview / podcast, Melonie.

    I enjoyed hearing about Markay Brown's biography and how she draws on that to write about her childhood, her time in Russia, and events / feelings / observations made more recently. The details about how she honed her craft from listening to her father, to writing tribute poems, to attending a poetry writing group were encouraging to me as someone who would like to write more poetry. And you both have such lovely voices. I appreciate that she seeks to witness to the world in the ways that she experiences it, but she doesn't seek to preach in her poetry. Thank you! She quotes Roger Housden in promoting the value of poetry this way: "Good poetry is bread for the soul and fire for the spirit." Readers, take a listen. I think Markay reads four of her poems, and they are gentle yet searing in their observations.


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