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PoetryNow with the Poetry Foundation

Series produced by The WFMT Radio Network

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If you've ever been curious about why and how a poem gets made, PoetryNow is a weekly 4-minute, modular radio program that offers an audio immersion into the concept of a poem. Listen to and follow the inner workings of a new poem as poets read and talk about their work on PoetryNow, a presentation of The Poetry Foundation and the WFMT Radio Network.

Among the poets featured in the series are Tyehimba Jess, Amy King, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa and Ocean Vuong.

This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast between June 27, 2016 and June 26, 2017.

For more information about this free series, please contact Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112 Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114

The series will feature 52 episodes available for stations to broadcast in any quantity or combination, at no cost, starting June.

85 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Emily Skillings, poet
Emily Skillings writes a tribute to poet John Ashbery who died in September of 2017.

Bought by KENW


  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Harmony Holiday, poet
Harmony Holiday meditates on her biracial heritage and the legacy of her parents.

Bought by KENW


  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jennifer Firestone, poet
Jennifer Firestone recounts the state of dementia in a loved one.

Bought by KENW


  • Added: Feb 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: David Shook, poet
David Shook responds to a poem by Pablo Neruda with his own poem set in present-day Middle East.

Bought by KENW, KALW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 25, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Joanna Klink, poet
Joanna Klink meditates on personal loss.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Eleni Sikelianos, poet
Eleni Sikelianos explores the evolution of the human body.

Bought by KALW, KENW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Ben Fama, poet
Ben Fama mediates on the loss of a job and the world view of corporate America.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Jan 08, 2018
  • Length: 04:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Matthew Zapruder, poet
Matthew Zapruder dedicates a graduation address to poet and fiction writer Denis Johnson who died in May, 2017.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Jan 03, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Marie Buck describes relaxing activities many people like to do, and one rather unpleasant one.

Bought by KENW and KALW


  • Added: Dec 27, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Brenda Coultas, poet
Brenda Coultas describes the act of writing as it unfolds during the course of a day.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Dec 18, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Jennifer Foerster, poet, Credit: Richard Bluecloud Castaneda
Jennifer Foerster imagines encountering her younger self on a walk through the streets of Vienna.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, and KENW


  • Added: Dec 11, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Uche Nduka, poet, Credit: John Casquarelli
Uche Nduka expresses a sense of anguish and offers possible spiritual solutions to current political and existential problems.

Bought by KALW, KENW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 06, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Sueyeun Juliette Lee, poet
Sueyeun Juliette Lee mediates on loss and its aftermath.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Nov 27, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Joshua Edwards, poet
Joshua Edwards mediates on the nature of work and communal living.

Bought by KVNO, KENW, and KALW


  • Added: Nov 15, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Julien Poirier, poet, Credit: Peter Freedberger
Julien Poirier navigates the line between what can be imagined and what is real.

Bought by KVNO, KENW, and KALW


  • Added: Nov 13, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Tyehimba Jess, poet
Tyehimba Jess pays tribute to Sissieretta Jones, the first African-American to perform at Carnegie Hall in 1892.

Bought by KVNO, KENW, KALW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 06, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Hoa Nguyen, poet, Credit: Julie Thi Underhill
Hoa Nguyen considers the objects of jokes and humor.

Bought by KVNO, KALW, and KENW


  • Added: Oct 30, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Vincent Katz observes a March evening as the city of New York goes about its daily life.

Bought by KALW, KENW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 25, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Barbara Jane Reyes, poet, Credit: Oscar Bermeo
Barbara Jane Reyes remembers and praises the life of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina domestic worker who was swindled into becoming a drug mule.

Bought by KENW and KALW


  • Added: Oct 10, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Noelle Kocot investigates the politics and power of the pronoun “they.”

Bought by KENW and KALW


  • Added: Sep 28, 2017
  • Length: 04:01
  • Purchases: 2