Stephen Kuusisto '78 was a guest on National Public Radio's Morning Edition Sept. 30, for his essay “Blind Date,” about the pleasure of meeting his guide dog, Corky. The segment featured an anthology called “Dog is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship,” compiled by the editors of The Bark, a magazine that began as a newsletter advocating a legal off-leash area for dogs to play.
Other contributors include poet Maxine Kumin, cartoonist Lynda Barry and novelist Alice Walker. The clip was titled “Dog is My Co-Pilot,” 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 co-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.