Thank You Jeffrey Brown of PBS News Hour

Stephen Kuusisto to appear on PBS News Hour
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Tonight the PBS NewsHour will air a segment about my new book Have Dog, Will TravelThe piece features an interview with Jeffrey Brown whose reporting on literature and poetry is well known to book lovers across the nation. Jeffrey is also a poet whose first collection The News is available from Copper Canyon Press. In our time together we talked about poetry, civil rights, disability culture, dogs for the blind, the field of disability studies, and the power of literature to bring people together around social justice movements. And yes, there’s a lovely dog, Caitlyn, a sweetie pie yellow Labrador from Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

The program airs locally, in Syracuse at 7 PM. Check your local listings.


Stephen Kuusisto and HarleyABOUT: Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship in Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad. His website is

Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey is now available:
Prairie Lights
Grammercy Books
Barnes and Noble

Have Dog, Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto

(Photo picturing the cover of Stephen Kuusisto’s new memoir “Have Dog, Will Travel” along with his former guide dogs Nira (top) and Corky, bottom.) Bottom photo by Marion Ettlinger 

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

7 thoughts on “Thank You Jeffrey Brown of PBS News Hour”

  1. I’ve been wanting to write about _Have Dog, Will Travel_ since I read it a couple weeks ago, but that book refuses an easy response. I thought it would be an easy read, a light memoir about a man and his dog, but it was much more complicated and interesting than that. If it were straight story, I would have enjoyed it, but I did more than enjoy. That book sticks with me.

    Some of it is the poetic, lyrical tone to the prose. There’s more going on here than in most memoirs. Story is important here, but there is an art to the telling that makes it bigger than a tale of learning to work with a guide dog. This is a piece about transformation but even that falls short of what’s happening. The author remains the same man but is elevated. Man and dog combine in an almost mythic way that frees the man to become the person he has been kept from, has kept himself from, has been taught to doubt and ignore.

    I still don’t think I’m getting it all here.

    The author’s talks about his past, his parents, his jobs, and his work, but doesn’t dwell in any of these. He gives us enough to understand that this is more than a man and his dog, more than a blind man’s redemption, more than traditional memoir. These things all provide depth but serve the story of Kuusisto and Corky. It is a lovely balance.

    Perhaps my favorite line of the entire book is this: “…my job is to dare to be in the world” (175). That’s my job too. I thought I had sight but this book gave me vision.


  2. Hi Steve,
    I was a volunteer at GEB when you were there with Corky.
    I found you both to be delightful and have followed you through the years.
    My book club read and discussed Have Dog Will Travel.
    They loved it.
    And the one non-dog lover was so moved she cried when Corky died.
    Keep up the good work and awareness working for the blind.

    Jane Galvin
    Big Canoe, Georgia


  3. I just completed reading, “Have Dog, Will Travel”, and I found it inspiring as well as courageous. What you shared was an amazing journey of transformation. Thank you for sharing that journey.


  4. Just finished “Have Dog Will Travel” and was really moved – I felt as though I were invited to join you in a wonderfully personal journey – thanks for a wonderful read…and introducing me to an equally wonderful canine 🙂


  5. Dear Sir… I just finished the audiobook version of Have Dog Will Travel. I became legally blind as an adult. I’ve been using a white cane for about ten years. Your words are very helpful, thoughtful, and kind. Thank you.


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