watch some poetry

July 27, 2021

Here’s more poetry for your viewing pleasure. IMMA is Ireland’s National Cultural Institution for Modern and Contemporary Art. Poetry Speaks is an exhibition by the New York-based Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation and Poetry Ireland, presented by IMMA.

This series of poetry films captures poets and actors from Ireland, the US and the UK, reading their own poems or works by beloved poets, that seek to integrate poetry into everyday life. Presented outside in the formal gardens at IMMA with four different monthly programmes of poetry films, each focused on a different theme.

Visit the Poetry Speaks page and use the plus ( + ) signs as you scroll down to access pages introducing each reader and a variety of audio and video readings.

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image: installation view, IMMA, Dublin


July 21, 2021

The Woodberry Poetry Room in Lamont Library at Harvard University houses a landmark collection of over 6,000 poetry recordings (1933 to the present) among many other materials. Open to the public and to scholars, the library has several wonderful listening opportunities, easily accessible: The Listening Booth features highlights from the library’s A/V collection. Though discontinued in 2018, it is still available online. More recent materials can be found on the WPR YouTube channel. Additionally, the WPR Vocarium offers a virtual experience of the Poetry Room’s multi-author programs, including panels, seminars, oral histories and performances.

Happy listening!


July 3, 2021

LOC logo in all caps with the word LIBRARY in extra large black letters

Looking for something to do over the long weekend? You could binge on poetry videos over at the Library of Congress. If you search Films, Videos / poetry the resulting 2,860 items are available for online viewing. There are readings, festivals, lectures, and much more. It’s not exactly clear what order they’re in, but you can do more refined searches if there’s something special you’d like to see. There are also 685 audio/poetry recordings for your listening pleasure. You may need extra popcorn for this binge.

get heard!

March 5, 2021

In celebration of National Poetry Month (April), The New York Society Library invites you to record yourself reading a poem of your own or one by someone else. Add it to the collection anytime until end-of-day Friday, April 9, 2021, and NYSL will include it in 30 Days of Poetry 2021.

poetry in your ears

November 30, 2020

If recent publications are any indication, poetry readers are also eager to listen. Several poets have issued audio versions of their latest books at the same time as the books themselves. For example,
Margaret Atwood, Dearly
Jericho Brown, The Tradition
Barbara Kingsolver, How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)
Aimee Nezhukumatathil, World of Wonders

In addition, here are some other places to find audio poetry:

Happy listening!

Dream Loaf

August 8, 2020

From Wednesday, August 12, to Saturday, August 22, 2020, Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences will offer Dream Loaf, a free, curated selection of readings and lectures from their archives along with live events. You can see the general schedule on the Dream Loaf page. The archived material will go live on the day of the event and can be accessed simply by clicking on the program title.

On the same page, you can find lectures from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference and the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, available now, free.


May 9, 2020

voca, the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Audio Video Library, features recordings from the Center’s long-running Reading Series and other readings presented under the auspices of the Center. The earliest of these recordings is a Robert Creeley reading from 1963. Some recordings are accompanied by photos from the Center’s archives. It’s free. Listen.


April 2, 2020

The archives of The Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry (BWLS) contain full-length lectures, brief audio and video clips, transcriptions of Q&A sessions, and selected writings by featured poets. They are available for your enjoyment without charge.

are you listening?

October 23, 2018

Every couple of months, editors from Poets & Writers Magazine offer a behind-the-scenes preview of the latest issue, talk with contributors and authors featured in the magazine, and discuss the lighter side of writing, publishing, and the literary arts in a podcast called AMPERSAND. The latest edition, Episode 22, features “superstar nonfiction writer Susan Orlean, best-selling novelists Barbara Kingsolver and Richard Powers, and Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Natasha Trethewey.” In Episode 21, Kevin Larimer and Melissa Faliveno discuss the work of Ada Limón and Rebecca Solnit. Find other episodes on Soundcloud. Listen!

are you listening?

July 10, 2017

A note from the keyboard: when you’ve put up 2490 posts on the subject of poetry over the course of seven years, it’s surprising to happen upon poetry news that has somehow entirely missed the radar. One such, now happily discovered, is Commonplace. Commonplace features conversations between Rachel Zucker and other poets, exploring advice, lists, anecdotes, politics, phobias, spirituality, and more.

Launched in June 2016 with an interview with David Trinidad, the collection now numbers 32 — the latest last week’s conversation with Laynie Browne. The recorded sessions vary in length, from about an hour to more than two, and make fine listening for all your podcast needs. You can also find Commonplace on Facebook.

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