Stephen Kuusisto '78 was a guest on National Public Radio's All Things Considered June 9, talking about the day a man walked into his life to train him to use a guide dog for the blind, and how working with guide dogs has changed his life. The clip was titled “Commentary: Guide Dogs,” and audio is available for Real Player and Windows Media Player.
Kuusisto is a former faculty member at the Colleges, as well as the son of the late former Colleges President Allan Kuusisto. He has given readings at his alma mater from his book of poems, Only Bread, Only Light, and his best-selling memoir, Planet of the Blind. Kuusisto teaches creative writing as an assistant professor of English at Ohio State University and serves as a spokesperson for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. He is the editor of The Poet's Notebook: Selected Journals of American Poets and a contributing editor of Seneca Review, a Hobart and William Smith literary magazine that emphasizes poetry. Kuusisto's poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Poetry, and Partisan Review.