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Marc di Saverio reads poems from his new collection "Crito Di Volta" recently published by Guernica Editions. The book is about a young man released after a decade of institutionalization. Marc discusses the inspiration for the book and how he practices reading his poems for hours so that he can properly communicate them to an audience with exact r…
 
Poet, memoirist, and essayist Sarah Bracey White shares poems and stories. She discusses the importance of having unconditional support and love from non-parental family members, the advice she gives students, and the need to consider often overlooked perspectives.In the second part of the show, host Charlie Rossiter reviews Camille Guthrie's new b…
 
Charlie Rossiter sits down with Wilnona Marie and Jade Dee also known as the And I Thought Ladies who helm a multi-platform media empire. They write books, publish a literary magazine, and host virtual events among many other ventures.Find out more about Wilnona and Jade and their various endeavors at: https://andithoughtladies.com/SUBMIT TO THE OP…
 
Freesia McKee shares her poetry and discusses how she makes a living as a poet and writer. In the second part of the show host Charlie Rossiter reviews DeWitt Clinton's new book "By a Lake Near a Moon" which was inspired by Kenneth Rexroth's translations of ancient Chinese poetry.SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR! www.poetryspokenhere.com/open-mic-…
 
Poet, writer, activist, emcee, father, and academic Propaganda shares poems from his new book "Terraform: Building a Better World" and reflects on the power of narrative, the necessity of 'institutional neighborliness,' and what it's like living in a house that has strong female energy.Learn more about Propaganda and his writing and activism, here:…
 
Award-winning poet and poetry festival founder Katerina Canyon shares poems from her newest book "Surviving Home." She also discusses the personal history she drew on when writing the collection, her time as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, and the struggle to have her voice and work adequately valued.Learn more about Katerina Canyon (and buy her …
 
Poet Rob Carney reads from his new book "Call and Response" just out from Black Lawrence Press. He also shares some of the advice he gives poetry students and a poem from his previous book, "The Book of Sharks."Get a copy of "Call and Response" here: https://blacklawrencepress.com/books/call-and-response/SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR! www.poetr…
 
Khalisa Rae reads from her new book Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat recently out from Red Hen Press. She also discusses some of her numerous projects including Women Speak a "monthly reading series geared towards creating a stage for BIPOC women-identified poets and prose writers of all stages of their career."Learn more about Khalisa Rae, here: htt…
 
Writer Terese Svoboda reads poems from her new book "Theatrix: Poetry Plays" and talks about the secrets to her success in a variety of literary styles - short story, memoir, opera, and more.Get a copy of Theatrix, here: http://www.anhingapress.org/poetry/theatrix-poetry-plays-by-terese-svobodaSUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR! www.poetryspokenhere…
 
New Orleans poet Kelly Harris DeBerry reads from her new collection "Freedom Knows My Name," talks about how writing poetry is a "sacred practice," and how she combines her experience with spoken word and performance poetry with the academic and technical knowledge from her MFA days.Learn more about Kelly and get a copy of "Freedom Knows My Name" h…
 
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 Distinguishe…
 
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.or…
 
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.o…
 
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 Lor…
 
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 mor…
 
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-kn…
 
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 ma…
 
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…
 
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 hi…
 
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 A…
 
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 encou…
 
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 overloo…
 
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 i…
 
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…
 
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-o…
 
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-airVisit our website: www.poe…
 
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 pos…
 
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 i…
 
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 i…
 
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-Protes…
 
Chris Green, Senior Professional Lecturer at DePaul University and poet, reads his poems and talks about the new book "American Gun" from Big Shoulders Books. American Gun is a book-length pantoum about gun violence in Chicago written collaboratively by 100 poets from across the city. Big Shoulders Books publishes and distributes books on social is…
 
Chris Benson now of South Carolina talks about found poetry and reads poems about his time living on a failed sort-of hippie commune farm in New England. Benson was a senior lecturer at Clemson University and was the Writing Coordinator and Editor for the Bread Loaf Teacher Network Magazine from Middlebury College.SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR!…
 
Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson, San Antonio poet laureate, reads from her new book "She Lives in Music" from Flowersong Press, and talks about her music ventures and leaving messages of love and hope on city streets.Get your copy of "She Lives in Music," here: https://www.flowersongpress.com/books-1/she-lives-in-music-by-andrea-sandersonYou can hear poet…
 
The newly named Youth Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan, Peace Akintade, discusses her poetry, her theatrical work, and the big plans she has for her laureateship. She also talks about being an Afro-Canadian poet and colorism. In the second part of the show, host Charlie Rossiter remembers traveling to Saskatchewan and reads from a collection of Saskat…
 
Sheryl Noethe, Montana Poet Laureate from 2011-2013, and founder of Montana Poetry in the Schools, talks about founding the Missoula Writing Collaborative and shares her work. In the second part of the show Newark, NJ Mayor Ras Baraka gives his views on the power of poetry.SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR! www.poetryspokenhere.com/open-mic-of-the-…
 
Jared Smith shares poems from his latest book "That's How It Is," which won the Colorado Authors' League Award for poetry. He also talks about writing in the high country and how the pandemic has inspired his most recent work.Learn more about Jared, here: http://www.jaredsmith.info/Get your copy of "That's How it Is" here: https://www.barnesandnobl…
 
Phyllis Klein talks as a poet and therapist about poetry's healing power and reads from her book, The Full Moon Herald from Grayson Books. In the second part of the show, host, Charlie Rossiter reviews Lorette C. Luzajic's book of ekphrastic prose poetry, Pretty Time Machine.Listen back to Lorette Luzajic's Poetry Spoken Here interview from Episode…
 
The Open Mic of the Air is a project from Poetry Spoken Here. Since most in-person poetry events are temporarily 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 recent country-wide protests against police brutality and in s…
 
In this episode we revisit poems from the Poetry Spoken Here archives that address race, policing, and more. Readers include recent Pulitzer Prize winner Jericho Brown, the youngest ever Baltimore Youth Poet Laureate, Maren (Lovey) Wright Kerr, Chicago-area slam legend Maria "Mama" McCray, Sillerman First Book Prize winner Ladan Osman, and SlamFind…
 
Montana poet Mark Gibbons talks about life in Missoula, how James Welch's visit to his school inspired him to write poetry in his own voice, and discusses his own experiences as a poet in the schools.SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR! www.poetryspokenhere.com/open-mic-of-the-airVisit our website: www.poetryspokenhere.comLike us on facebook: faceboo…
 
San Francisco poet, Thea Matthews, reads poetry of resilience and survival from her new book, "Unearth [The Flowers]" and discusses the place of art and poetry in society. In the second part of the show, host Charlie Rossiter provides info on resources such as the 1970s TV interview show "Soul!" available through the free streaming service TubiTV. …
 
Dante Di Stefano from upstate New York reads from his latest book "Ill Angels," discusses reading Dostoevsky as a teenager, and how being a father and high school teacher has influenced his poetry. In 2019 he won the On Teaching Poem Prize for the best unpublished poem by a K-12 teacher. One of his poems, “Note to Myself During National Poetry Mont…
 
The Open Mic of the Air is a project from Poetry Spoken Here. Since most in-person poetry events are temporarily 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 recent country-wide protests against police brutality and in s…
 
Rusty Russell of Madison, Wisconsin discusses his new collection "Witness", gives his thoughts on poets as witnesses, and shares his poetry including a poem written the day after 9/11.SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR!:Send a recording - 5 mins or shorter - of yourself reading one of your poems, including your name and location, to openmicoftheair@…
 
Nicole Santalucia shares poems from her new collection, The Book of Dirt, and talks about life in conservative-small-town Pennsylvania where she lives with her wife and teaches.SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR!:Send a recording - 5 mins or shorter - of yourself reading one of your poems, including your name and location, to openmicoftheair@gmail.c…
 
A first ever Poetry Spoken Here rebroadcast! Episode 100 of Poetry Spoken Here featured Jericho Brown reading at the Unamuno Author Festival. In honor of Jericho Brown being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his book The Tradition, we wanted to re-share this reading.The Unamuno Author Festival took place in the spring of 2019 in Madrid, Spa…
 
The Open Mic of the Air is a new project from Poetry Spoken Here. Since in-person events are temporarily suspended due to coronavirus, this is a way for poets from around the world to connect and have a creative outlet while staying safe at home.This is the fourth episode of the Open Mic of the Air featuring poets from across the United States - Or…
 
Poet/editor/educator Georgia Popoff from Syracuse, NY, reads from her new book Psychometry, from Tiger Bark Press. She also discuses the deep research she did while writing, including into Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary.SUBMIT TO THE OPEN MIC OF THE AIR!: www.poetryspokenhere.com/open-mic-of-the-airVisit our website: www.poetryspokenhere.comLike us …
 
NOTE: There was a glitch in the first upload of this episode that caused issues with playback. We have re-uploaded the audio and it should be error free now.The Open Mic of the Air is a new project from Poetry Spoken Here. Since in-person events are temporarily suspended due to coronavirus, this is a way for poets from around the world to connect a…
 
The Open Mic of the Air is a new project from Poetry Spoken Here. Since in-person events are temporarily suspended due to coronavirus, this is a way for poets from around the world to connect and have a creative outlet while staying safe at home.This is the second episode of the Open Mic of the Air features poets from across the United States - Tex…
 
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