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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.

39 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Quraysh Ali Lansana, poet, Credit: Alan Tarin
Quraysh Ali Lansana recalls a compromised night on the U.S./Mexico border.

Bought by KHSU, PRX Remix, and KENW


  • Added: Mar 20, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Kaveh Akbar, poet, Credit: Paige Lewis
Kaveh Akbar describes a nascent sexuality emerging in a life troubled by alcohol.

Bought by KENW


  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Shane McCrae, poet
Shane McCrae imagines the life of the adopted son of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Bought by KENW


  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Philip Jenks, poet
Philip Jenks considers the word “dust,” from Biblical language to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Bought by KENW and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 24, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Hannah Brooks-Motl, poet, Credit: CS Ward
Hannah Brooks-Motl reflects on the course of a life and its future

Bought by PRX Remix, KENW, and KALW


  • Added: Feb 17, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Roberto Tejada, poet, Credit: Hillsman Jackson
Roberto Tejada guides through an underworld of surveillance.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Feb 13, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Eric Amling. poet
Eric Amling remembers the death of a beloved celebrity and considers a world saturated in pharmaceuticals.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Feb 06, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Monica McClure, poet, Credit: David Worthington
Monica McClure imagines a prophet in the forest who collects the lives of men.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, KENW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 30, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Garrett Caples, Credit: Suzanne Kleid
Garrett Caples pays tribute to poet Bill Berkson, a personal friend and a central figure in American poetry since the 1960s.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, and KENW


  • Added: Jan 23, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Joshua Clover, poet, Credit: C. Dingler
For the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, Joshua Clover offers to read poetry at the White House.

Bought by KENW, KHSU, KRZA, KMUD, New Hampshire Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 11, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Rachel Galvin, poet, Credit: Nicholas Barberio
Rachel Galvin contemplates the politics of complicity.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, and KENW


  • Added: Dec 21, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Yusef Komunyakaa, poet
Yusef Komunyakaa remembers a swimming hole frequented as a child.

Bought by KALW, KENW, KHSU, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 30, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: John Yau, poet, Credit: Eve Aschheim
John Yau meditates on mortality and the remembrance of the dead.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, KENW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 19, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Andrew Joron, Poet
Andrew Joron mediates on the cycle of the moon in language that shifts and slips in meaning.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Dec 12, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Yolanda Wisher, poet, Credit: Ryan Collerd
Yolanda Wisher wonders about the type of heart the Tin Woman might long to have.

Bought by KHSU, KENW, and KALW


  • Added: Dec 05, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Idra Novey, poet, Credit: Donata Zannoti
Idra Novey imagines the thoughts of a man pregnant with a panda bear.

Bought by KHSU, KALW, and KENW


  • Added: Nov 28, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Patricia Spears Jones, poet, Credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Patricia Spears Jones considers the dynamics of race through the lens of a 1930s Mae West film.

Bought by KHSU, KALW, and KENW


  • Added: Nov 21, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Margaret Noodin, poet, Credit: Troye Fox
Margaret Noodin sings a poem in Anishinaabemowin and discusses Native American languages and heritage.

Bought by KHSU, KALW, and KENW


  • Added: Nov 16, 2016
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Dara Wier, poet, Credit: Julia Johnson
Dara Wier meditates on the mind’s need for security and sanctuary from a troubled world.

Bought by KALW, PRX Remix, and KENW


  • Added: Nov 07, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Harmony Holiday, poet
Harmony Holiday meditates on her biracial heritage and the legacy of her parents.

Bought by KALW, KENW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 31, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3