Want a little poetry in your ears? Player FM has a frequently updated list of poetry podcasts and FeedSpot offers a list of 60 Best Poetry Podcasts ranked by traffic, social media followers, domain authority, and freshness. You can also go back to some of the many podcast-related posts that have appeared here on The Poetry Department.

look, listen, watch

June 6, 2022

We mention the University of Arizona Poetry Center with some frequency because their work on behalf of poetry and poets is worthwhile wherever you live. Among the Center’s many programs is the audiovisual archive Voca. The archive features audio and video recordings from the Center’s Reading Series and other readings as well as images from the Center’s photographic archives.

Archive access is free. You can browse or search in a variety of ways, such as by reading series, by reader, or by tag (topic). You can also find curated selections from Voca on the Poetry Centered podcast, which just completed its fifth season.

Late last year, the University announced that the Poetry Center had received a $135,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The funds will be used to create captions for the entire historical collection of recordings on Voca.

This is a guest post by Susan Rich

I’ve recently returned to the joyous quiet of my home after attending the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Philadelphia. Once again, I was made acutely aware of my discomfort at sojourning with 7,000 of my peers. And I would bet I am not alone in this uneasiness. Those of us who enjoy a well-lit stanza or the swagger of an em dash may not be equally at ease at a cocktail party or karaoke bar. However, over time, I’ve adopted several strategies for managing my shyness because honestly, I do want to connect with other poets. I hope you find some of these ideas helpful.

  1. Write notes of appreciation to poets you admire. Don’t be afraid to be a fan girl. Poets are not like John Legend or Taylor Swift; they do not sell out stadiums (okay, Edna St. Vincent Millay did). I believe even a “big” name poet wants to hear how their words were important to you. Anytime I’ve written to a “famous” poet, I’ve always received a generous reply.
  2. Invite a poet to lunch! Perhaps this is pushing you out of your comfort zone but it might also be the best way to get to know someone whose work you admire. Twenty years ago I wrote a “brave” email to Kelli Russell Agodon asking her out to lunch to talk about publishing in this new way — on the internet. I’m so glad I did. Kelli is now one of my closest friends.
  3. Thank poets who approach you: someone who comes up to you after a reading or an elementary school student who needs to write a report due tomorrow or a poet who saw your work on-line. They are reaching out to you, why not reach right back?
  4. Post poems you admire on social media or on a blog. This is a very easy way to make friends! It’s a great surprise and an honor. This can be done in whatever way that you would enjoy; match a poem with a photograph or a color. Make it fun!
  5. Find a couple of close poet friends that you can share work with, and laughter. These are the people that will keep you going: attending readings together, sharing favorite poems and lots of laughter. Keep them close. One of my closest poetry friends is Geraldine Mills whom I met in Ireland when our first books had just come out.
  6. Be generous. Push yourself to approach a poet at AWP (the writing conference comes to Seattle next year). This year, I went to a couple of different poets’ book signings as I know how awkward it feels to sit at a table and watch people walk right by.
  7. Know other poets are probably as shy as you are. Broadly speaking, we poets are not extroverts. And yet, we want our poems to touch the lives of other people. We want to connect.

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Susan Rich is the author of five books of poetry; most recently GALLERY OF POSTCARDS AND MAPS: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (Salmon Poetry, 2022). Until it launches more widely in July, you can find her new book at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company. Visit Susan at http://poetsusanrich.com.

Author photo by Kristie McLean.

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NOTE: Raven Talk, Raven’s online podcast, will present Harold Taw in conversation with Susan Rich this Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 7:00pm, discussing Susan’s new book, Gallery of Postcards and Maps: New and Selected Poems. Details and registration link here.

Poetry Goes to the Movies

December 5, 2021

If you’re interested in the intersection of poetry and film, drop in on Adam O. Davis and Colin Waters as their new podcast series, “Poetry Goes to the Movies,” examines films made by poets, films about poets, and how some of their favorite films address traditional poetic concerns. Three of the podcasts are now available on the Poetry Goes to the Movies website and all your favorite podcast sources.

for your podcast queue

September 22, 2021

The Ruth Stone House (RSH) was established in 2013 to fulfill the poet’s wish that her physical and literary estate would be used for the furthering of poetry and the creative arts. The organization was created to both cultivate and celebrate the works and legacy of Ruth Stone herself and also maintain her historic property in Goshen, Vermont.

Among its various offerings, RSH has a robust poetry podcast series. Most of the podcasts feature poet/cartoonist Bianca Stone as interviewer or co-performer. Drop in, download, or subscribe at your favorite podcast places.

lots of listening

July 12, 2021

If your podcast list is ready for an update, have a listen at The Verb. BBC Radio 3’s “cabaret of the word” features poetry, prose, discussion, language talk, new writing, and performance. There are 128 episodes online, each around 45 minutes, hosted by the poet, journalist, playwright, and Yorkshire-accented Ian McMillan.

More poetry podcast posts.

Poetry Club Talks

July 1, 2021

photo of darkened old bookstore with open book floating in the middle and the words Poetry Club Talks...

We have mentioned a LOT of poetry podcasts, but somehow overlooked Poetry Club Talks, a weekly, public discussion group and podcast produced in Bellingham and hosted by Ron Leatherbarrow and other Poetry Club members. There are 25 episodes available for listening and download, including May 15 and May 23, 2021, conversations with Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest. More Poetry Club on Facebook. Have a listen!

read, hear, see poetry

June 17, 2021

black letters on white ground: ON BEING Experience Poetry

At the risk of repeating ourselves, we remind you that Experience Poetry has a wealth of free offerings, including interviews with poets from On Being with Krista Tippett, links to Poetry Unbound podcasts, poetry films, and much more.

no passport required

March 12, 2021

Wax Poetic is Vancouver’s longest running poetry show. Every Wednesday at 2:00pm Pacific, hosts RC Weslowski, Lucia Misch, Kevin Spenst, Zofia Rose, and Johnny D. Trinh spend an hour visiting with poets laureate from across Canada, the latest up-and-coming poetry slammers, the most seasoned touring spoken word artists, and poets with new books hot off the presses.

Go to Canada. Tune in at Coop Radio 100.5FM or browse the archive (2017 to present).

Poetry of Revolt

January 13, 2021

The 23rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference presented by the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force will include a variety of events, workshops, and presentations, including Poetry of Revolt.

This free online gathering of diverse poets from Cascadia and beyond will celebrate poetry as a form of resistance, revolt, and healing. Performers include Rena Priest, Romeo Romero, Danny Canham, PoetryNMotion, and others. Poetry of Revolt will livestream on Facebook tomorrow, Thursday, January 14, 2021, 5:30pm.

Listen to Margaret Bikman’s interview with Rena Priest about the Poetry of Revolt today, January 13, at Noon, 4:00pm, and 9:00pm, on KMRE 102.3FM or find the podcast on the KMRE Arts & Entertainment Spotlight.

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