Speedway & Swan

November 9, 2018

Here’s another poetry podcast series you may have missed: Speedway & Swan. A monthly, one-hour free-format radio program, S&S presents contemporary poetry against a variety of musical selections. Culling from the libraries of the University of Arizona Poetry Center and KXCI 91.3 Tucson Community Radio, host Susan Briante is joined in conversation each episode by a guest co-host who brings a selection of poetry from his or her personal canon, which, along with the freshest and best from the “new shelves,” they read live. Most episodes also feature a recorded performance from Voca, the Poetry Center’s audio archive of its legendary poetry readings since 1963.

Tune in to the latest, Episode 42 with guest Chris Martin, or visit the S&S page on SoundCloud.

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VS Podcast Live

November 6, 2018

The 3rd Annual Chicago Podcast Festival, coming up November 26 through December 2, 2018, aims to celebrate the medium of podcasting and storytelling by creating events that bring together independent voices and national talent with an appreciative audience.

This year’s lineup includes Season 2 of VS, the Webby-nominated podcast that expands poetry beyond the page. The free, live, in real time episode will be hosted by Franny Choi and Danez Smith.

If you’re in Chicago, reserve a (free) seat and go. To get an idea what you’re in for, tune in to Season 1 of VS on SoundCloud.

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!

take five

October 5, 2018

Got five minutes? Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith will fill your ears with poetry for five minutes, five days a week, starting in November when “The Slowdown” goes live.

The free podcast, produced by American Public Media in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Poetry Foundation, will present Smith reading works by a wide array of poets from around the world.

Read more about the program, listen to a preview, or sign up now.

examining metaphor

June 14, 2018

The National Pubic Radio program In Contrast explores “creativity and the creative process through the eyes of artists, activists, translators, writers, politicians and musicians.”

In the latest podcast (Episode #25), poet/essayist/physician Dr. Rafael Campo (previously mentioned here) talks about his personal journey in medicine and poetry.

The Library of Congress has just launched a new poetry podcast series: From the Catbird Seat. Every Thursday for eight weeks, the series will explore poetry’s past, present and future.

Hosts Rob Casper, head of the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, and Anne Holmes, Digital Content Manager for the Poetry and Literature Center, will share archived recordings from nearly 80 years of literary events featuring poets reading and discussing their work at the Library of Congress. Each podcast will include highlights from a single event or series and will also feature a special guest. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is the guest for the first program and Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post’s Book World, is the guest for the second broadcast.

Listen and/or subscribe (it’s free) on the Library’s podcast site or on iTunes.

(catbird seat)

Listen!

April 23, 2018

The Poetry Foundation has launched a new podcast series, A Change of World, an oral history of poetry in 20th-century feminism and the second-wave women’s movement. Each of the six episodes explores the cumulative sources and voices of feminism through readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries.

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thanks to Doug VanderHoof for the heads up on this series

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