Poetry Spoken Here

Poetry Spoken Here

An almost weekly poetry podcast that features interviews with poets, reviews of poetry books, examinations of individual poems, and investigations of themes in poetry. Sit back, relax, and let poetry speak to you.

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April 9, 2021 13 min
Paisley Rekdal reading at the Unamuno Author Festival. The festival took place in May of 2019 in Madrid, Spain. This reading was recorded at Desperate Literature an independent bookstore in Madrid. Though this reading is short it includes everything from Greek myths to Mae West impressions. Rekdal is the current poet laureate of Utah, a Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah, and the recipient of many honors for her poe...
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Poet, writer, and animal rights advocate Gretchen Primack shares her poetry. She reads from her 2013 book "Kind" which reflects on the dynamics between humans and other animals as well as her new book "Visiting Days" which was inspired by the teaching work she has done through prison education programs. Buy a copy of Kind, here: https://lanternpm.org/shop/kind-poems-by-gretchen-primack/ Buy a copy of Visiting Days...
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March 31, 2021 26 min
Award-winning poet and writer Howard Debs shares poems form his new chapbook "Political" as well as information about some of his many projects including New Voices: Contemporary Writers Confronting the Holocaust. During the episode, he mentions a piece he wrote for On Being "The Poetry of Bearing Witness" which can be found, here: https://onbeing.org/blog/the-poetry-of-bearing-witness/ You can learn more about Ho...
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Steven Sanchez reading at the Unamuno Author Festival. The festival took place in May of 2019 in Madrid, Spain. This reading was recorded at La Residencia de Estudiantes which cultural luminaries such as Frederico Garcia Lorca and Salvador Dali once called home. This reading was recorded just after Sanchez received the inaugural Frederico Garcia Lorca Poetry Prize for an emerging Latinx poet. Sahcnez's first book "Phantom ...
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San Francisco-based poet, memoirist, and graphic novel author, Chun Yu discusses poetry, language, and community. She reads her poems and talks about the "Two Languages/One Community" project which promotes cultural exchange between African American and Chinese communities. Learn more about Chun Yu and all her work, here: https://chunyu.org/ Lear more about the Two Languages/One Community Project, here: http://twolanguage...
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February 26, 2021 26 min
Brooklyn poet Asiya Wadud reads from her new book "No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body" from Nightboat Books. She discusses her influences, and the interdisciplinary inspiration she takes from a variety of art forms. Get your copy of No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body, here: https://nightboat.org/book/no-knowledge-is-complete-until-it-passes-through-my-body/ SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MI...
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February 19, 2021 27 min
The Open Mic of the Air is a project from Poetry Spoken Here that began almost a year ago. When in-person poetry events were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Open Mic of the Air was created as a way for poets from around the world to connect and have a creative outlet. So far over 100 poets have been featured and we look forward to many, many more! This is the tenth episode of the Open Mic of the Air featuring poets ...
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Pádraig Ó Tuama reading at the Unamuno Author Festival. The festival took place in May of 2019 in Madrid, Spain. This reading was recorded at the book store Desperate Literature. Pádraig Ó Tuama, a poet and theologian, presents Poetry Unbound as part of On Being Studios and has been dedicated to the cause of peace and reconciliation including a five year stint as the head of Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation community,...
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January 29, 2021 29 min
In an interview recorded on inauguration day poet and activist Luis J. Rodriguez, discusses his hopes for the new administration, the ways poetry saves lives and souls, and the work he is doing in opposition to solitary confinement. He also talks about how he was "cared straight" as an incarcerated young man, and the books that meant the most to him during a difficult time in his life. Learn more about Rodriguez's Tia ...
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January 15, 2021 32 min
Roberto Garcia reads from his new book [Elegies] and talks about his identity and heritage, the power of grandmothers, the writing advice he always gives his students, and much more. He and host Charlie Rossiter also dig into the controversy that lead to Amiri Baraka's removal as New Jersey State Poet Laureate after Garcia reads his poem "Note to AB, A Boogeyman." Find Garcia's book [Elegies] from Flower Song Press...
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In 2020, Poetry Spoken Here produced more episodes than ever, had more downloads than ever, launched a special project - the Open Mic of the Air - and continued to feature poets from around the world in episodes that came out every other week, and sometimes more often. Here's a look back on some of the poets interviewed in 2020. Of course, we encourage you to go back and check out not only the rest of the episodes that came out...
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Clint Bruce talks about his new book Afro-Creole Poetry from Louisiana's Radical Civil War Era Newspapers. The book is full pf poetry and history with lessons that reach through to the present. Bruce dug into two papers founded during the Civil War by free people of color in New Orleans. Bruce reads poems from the book and illuminates often overlooked events from the Reconstruction Era including the New Orleans massacre. His di...
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December 4, 2020 28 min
The Open Mic of the Air is a project from Poetry Spoken Here begun in March of 2020. Since most in-person poetry events are suspended due to coronavirus, this is a way for poets from around the world to connect and have a creative outlet. We are also eager to receive and share poems inspired by the nation-wide protests against police brutality and in support of black lives. This is the ninth episode of the Open Mic of the Air fea...
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Find out how a visit from a poetry reader to a high school German class turned into a 50+ year literary journey. Pierre Joris talks about translating the works of Paul Celan, his latest book of Celan translations "Microliths They Are, Little Stones: Posthumous Prose" from Contra Mundum Press, and reads some of his own work. SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR! www.poetryspokenhere.com/open-mic-of-the-air Visit our websi...
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November 20, 2020 30 min
Poet, performance artist, activist jessica Care moore, from Detroit talks about her influences including Haki Madhubuti, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee and more. She also reads from her new book "We Want Our Bodies Back" and talks about some of her musical projects like Black WOMEN Rock! SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR! www.poetryspokenhere.com/open-mic-of-the-air Visit our website: www.poetryspokenhere.com Like us on facebo...
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November 6, 2020 33 min
California poet David Koehn talks about how he gets around the "smart part of the brain" to write his poetry and reads from his new book "Scatterplot." Get your copy of "Scatterplot" here: https://www.omnidawn.com/product/scatterplot-david-koehn/ SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR! www.poetryspokenhere.com/open-mic-of-the-air Visit our website: www.poetryspokenhere.com Like us on facebook: facebook.com/Poet...
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Luis J. Rodriguez reading at the Unamuno Author Festival. The festival took place in May of 2019 in Madrid, Spain. This reading was recorded at the book store Desperate Literature. Luis J. Rodriguez is a chicano poet whose memoir “Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days” was a national bestseller. In 2014 he was named Los Angeles poet laureate a position he held until 2016. He has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circl...
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October 9, 2020 30 min
The Open Mic of the Air is a project from Poetry Spoken Here begun in March of 2020. Since most in-person poetry events are suspended due to coronavirus, this is a way for poets from around the world to connect and have a creative outlet. We are also eager to receive and share poems inspired by the nation-wide protests against police brutality and in support of black lives. This is the eighth episode of the Open Mic of the Air fe...
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September 25, 2020 30 min
The Open Mic of the Air is a project from Poetry Spoken Here begun in March of 2020. Since most in-person poetry events are suspended due to coronavirus, this is a way for poets from around the world to connect and have a creative outlet. We are also eager to receive and share poems inspired by the nation-wide protests against police brutality and in support of black lives. This is the seventh episode of the Open Mic of the Air f...
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San Francisco poet Michael Warr, editor of "Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin" discusses that collection - begun in 2013, published in 2016, and more relevant than ever - and reads his own poetry. Get your copy of "Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Treyvon Martin" here" https://wwnorton.com/books/Of-Poetry-and-Protest/ SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR! www.poetryspokenhere.com...
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