poets, podcasted

January 23, 2019

Love poets? Love podcasts? Listen in to The Poet Salon: “The Poet Salon is a podcast where poets talk over drinks. In each episode, we interview a poet we love over a drink we’ve prepared especially for them. Your hosts are Gabrielle Bates, Luther Hughes, and Dujie Tahat.” It’s brand new and you’ll find it at all the usual podcast locations: iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Play, Stitcher, and so on.

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good listening

December 7, 2018

It has been a couple of years since we talked about The Archive Project, and since it is ongoing and worthwhile, we’re giving it another mention.

A co-production of Literary Arts and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), The Archive Project streams weekly podcasts from the archives of the Portland Arts & Lectures series. Season Five includes the voices of Tom Hanks, DeRay Mckesson, a Tribute to Ursula K Le Guin, as well as the Verselandia! city-wide youth poetry slam, the Portland Book Festival, and other community events.

You can browse the entire list or search by season, topic, tone, or genre. It’s all free at Literary Arts, OPB, and iTunes.

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.

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.

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