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I started writing on my mom’s Hermes 2000 typewriter when I was seven.

Since then, I have made it my life’s work to tap language’s power to unite hearts and minds, whether through writing poems or by being a voice for innovation in health, environment, and business.   

William Carlos Williams famously said, “It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” Although his statement is certainly dramatic, I do believe that the discoveries we make through poetry help us cultivate hope and resilience. I’ve witnessed this ordinary magic in every class I’ve ever taught. Poetry is connective, empathy building, and enlivening. It is a welcome counterpoint to the painfully quick, reductive thinking so common to our times. Writing poems helps us embrace the fluid, paradoxical nature of living, to find insight on the grandest scales and in the simplest details. For those reasons, I take a poet’s mindset into everything I do.  

Why Poetry

“Poetry is connective, empathy building, and enlivening. It is a welcome counterpoint to the painfully quick, reductive thinking so common to our times.”

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Winner, New Mexico Book Award in Poetry 

“Some stories have long half-lives. Radha Marcum’s beautiful first collection of poems, Bloodline, describes the personal impact of her grandfather’s participation in the Manhattan Project. Bloodline is both elegy and reconciliation. Like the ghosts diving for bells throughout this work, there is a deeply haunting quality to Marcum’s poetry—(you’ll remember this)/like dust from a blanket. Or—All afternoon the heart/drops notches/blue and then bluer.  And always, the Rocky Mountain West is solace and frame and crucial. Her landscape is closely and truly observed, resonant with meaningLine by line, Marcum cuts her own way toward understanding the deep story she is in, a story we all share.”

—William S. Barnes, The Ledgerbook

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Winner, New Mexico Book Award in Poetry

Bloodline

“Bloodline is a mesmerizing, intelligent book, full of beauty, science, and ancestry.” –Michael Henry 

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Write With Me

Join me for craft seminars and workshops at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, coaching sessions, and drop-in virtual writing classes.

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