July 24, 2020

The last time we mentioned PoemTalk, the podcast series had just posted episode 103.

Closely associated with Kelly Writers House, PennSound, and Jacket2 magazine, PoemTalk episodes “get willing, engaged people together and ask them to talk about one poem, and see what magic happens. The poem provides magic (if chosen well, but even often if not) and the people — mostly the people — augment the magic. You never know where the conversation will go.”

Today’s episode, number 150, brings together Simone White, Dixon Li, Jo Park, and Al Filreis to discuss two poems by Terrance Hayes, “MJ Fan Letter” and “RSVP,” from his book Wind in a Box (2006).

All 150 episodes of PoemTalk are available, free, on Jacket2 and on iTunes.

new podcast

July 7, 2020

We recently wrote about voca, the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Audio Video Library of more than 1,000 recordings of poets reading their work during visits to the Center between 1963 and today. The Poetry Center has now curated selections from voca for a brand-new podcast series, Poetry Centered.

In each episode, a guest poet introduces three poems from voca, sharing their insights about the remarkable performances recorded in our archive. Each episode concludes with the guest poet reading a poem of their own. Our inaugural season includes episodes hosted by Hanif Abdurraqib, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Ada Limón, Urayoán Noel, Maggie Smith, and TC Tolbert.

Visit the Poetry Centered Podcast page to listen, subscribe, or download transcripts.

more listening

May 12, 2020

“The Occasion” is a themed poetry show airing monthly on fourth Mondays from 10:00-11:00pm Pacific. Produced by KBOO (Portland, Oregon) and hosted by Jennifer Perrine, The Occasion features interviews with poets, who offer a selection of their “greatest hits,” read poems written specifically for the show’s theme, and recommend some of their favorite poems by other authors. Every episode offers “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something true.” Visit KBOO and subscribe to the podcast and/or listen to previous programs.

If you like a little Scots burr in your poetry, you’ll find it nowhere finer than the Scottish Poetry Library Podcast collection. Interviews, conversations, readings, tributes, and more, from 2009 to the present.

good listening

March 7, 2020

As we catch up with poetry podcasts, somehow we’ve missed The Slowdown, an every-weekday podcast by Tracy K. Smith produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation. In each approximately 5-minute episode, Smith (or occasionally another reader) introduces and then reads a single poem.

Listen or subscribe at all the usual podcast places. Plenty to catch up with here; March 6 was episode 335.

new podcast series

February 6, 2020

You may be familiar with the thoughtful podcast series “On Being with Krista Tippett.” The On Being Project now has a new podcast series, “Poetry Unbound,” which launched on January 27, 2020. Hosted by Pádraig Ó Tuama, each approximately 10-minute podcast discusses a single poem. New episodes post each Monday and Friday. Subscribe at all the usual podcast places, or listen online at Poetry Unbound.

are you listening?

January 27, 2020

While we often mention poetry podcasts, it was December 2013 when we noted the then-new New Yorker Poetry Podcast series. Happily, the series has been perking along ever since.

In the latest offering, The New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young is joined by Ellen Bass, who reads “Quahogs” by Frank X. Gaspar as well as her own poem “Because.”

Listen to the podcast and/or read the transcript of their conversation, with links to the poems, which appeared in the magazine. You can subscribe by way of the New Yorker app, available from the App Store or from Google Play.

listening to Canada

January 17, 2020

Since 2016, The Small Machine Talks has produced more-or-less-monthly podcasts exploring the poetry scene of Central Canada and beyond. Now in Season 4, the interviews are freewheeling conversations co-hosted by Amanda Earl and a.m. kozak. Have a listen.

local luminary

January 12, 2020

It has been nearly three years since we posted about The Poetry Foundation’s twice-monthly podcast series, Poetry Off the Shelf. The original post was at the suggestion of Sheila Sondik, and this update comes from Sheila as well, with the recognition that “it’s not every day we have a local luminary featured.” Have a look at the January 7, 2020, episode, “Dreams and Fathers,” which features Bruce Beasley on his writing process, and on how fathers might be like warm ice cubes.

another poetry podcast

December 17, 2019

Thanks to Rick Lupert and Poetry Super Highway, we’ve learned of a recent podcast series that somehow escaped our notice. Hosted by Tresha Faye Haefner and Kelly Grace Thomas, The Poetry Salon-Cast is the podcast arm of the Los Angeles-based Poetry Salon.

In each of the nine episodes, the hosts interview a favorite poet about the poet’s work, inspiration, and editing tips. (Interviewees include Cascadia-based poet Jeannine Hall Gailey.) The Poetry Salon-Cast is available on Audioboom, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.

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