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.



February 6, 2017

Radio Open Source

Radio Open Source calls itself “an American conversation with global attitude.” In each weekly segment, host Christopher Lydon converses with his guest about ideas, politics and culture. Poets and poetry are a regular topic and recent shows have included Stephen Burt’s World of Poetry, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, For C.D. Wright, Poet of the Ozarks, Eileen Myles’s Moment and many more. Worthwhile and free.

poetry to keep you company

January 27, 2017

Poetry Off the Shelf

Poetry Off the Shelf is a twice-monthly podcast series offered free by The Poetry Foundation. In each audio segment, producer Curtis Fox “explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries.” With podcasts dating back to April 2006, you will find new and favorite poets as well as conversations addressing topics timely and traditional. Have a listen.

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Thanks to Sheila Sondik for the suggestion

poetry in your ears

December 11, 2016

On Being with Krista Tippett

If you like to listen to poetry and conversation while you walk, bike, cook, make art, ride in airplanes, etc., On Being with Krista Tippett is a wonderful source of eminently listenable podcasts.

Krista Tippett, a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author, launched the weekly program in 2003 at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. In 2013, it transitioned to an independent production and non-profit organization. On Being now airs on more than 400 public radio stations across the U.S. (though apparently not in Washington State) and is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

Browse the extensive archives of On Being’s poetry conversations and listen, download, or subscribe for free.

See The Poetry Department’s previous poetry podcast posts.


August 10, 2016

NYPL podcastHere’s another link for your poetry podcast file: New York Public Library Podcast #124: Kevin Young and Gabrielle Hamilton on Food and Poetry (55 minutes).

The library hosts writers, artists, and thinkers for lectures and conversation and posts a new podcast almost every week on The NYPL Podcast page.

Learn more about Kevin Young and Gabrielle Hamilton.

listen in

July 13, 2016

Jacket 2 poemtalk

If you enjoy listening to podcasts while you’re driving, cooking or on the treadmill, you’ll find a collection of informative and intelligent conversations in PoemTalk. A collaboration of the Kelly Writers House, PennSound and the Poetry Foundation, the PoemTalk series began in 2007 and just released its 103rd episode, a conversation about “Skunk Hour” by Robert Lowell. The 45-minute episodes generally invite three poet/scholars to join producer and host Al Filreis in a discussion of a single poem.

See the complete, linked list of episodes on the Jacket2 PoemTalk page or find PoemTalk on iTunes.


May 21, 2015


Once again, the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest extends a gracious THANK YOU to Boris D. Schleinkofer, who lends a capable ear to the awards ceremony proceedings each year and produces a podcast of the event. The podcast is now available for your listening enjoyment (NOTE: don’t be put off by the 23 seconds of setup sound; the ceremony starts immediately thereafter). Click here to listen to the podcast of the 2015 Sue Boynton Contest awards ceremony, or use the link in the sidebar at right, under Boynton poems & poets.

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