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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.

57 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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
Caption: Reginald Dwayne Betts, poet, Credit:  Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Reginald Dwayne Betts recalls a fellow inmate with respect and admiration for the man’s integrity.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Sep 25, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Ana Bozicevic, poet
Ana Božičević explores the feelings and emotions of spring.

Bought by KALW, KENW, and KHSU


  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Gerard Malanga, poet
Gerard Malanga responds to the poaching and endangerment of elephants.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, KENW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 05, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Kiki Petrosino, poet
Kiki Petrosino imagines an escape from a fairy house.

Bought by KENW, KHSU, and KALW


  • Added: Aug 30, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Eileen Tabios, poet
In the voice of her mother, Eileen Tabios reflects on the accomplishments and tragedies of her mother’s children.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, and KENW


  • Added: Aug 17, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Kimberley Lyons, poet
Kimberly Lyons interrogates the purchase of second-hand clothes and the writing of poetry.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Aug 14, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Sara Deniz Akant, poet
Sara Deniz Akant considers the virtues and meaning of one’s name.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, and KENW


  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Nikki Wallschlaeger, poet
Nikki Wallschlaeger meditates on issues of accountability.

Bought by KALW, KENW, and KHSU


  • Added: Jul 28, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Francisco Aragon, poet
Francisco Aragón describes a threatening incident against a college student after the 2016 election.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Jul 25, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Sunnylyn Thibodaoux, poet
Sunnylyn Thibodeaux mediates on the anxieties and ambitions of adult life.

Bought by KENW and KALW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Amanda Nadelberg, poet
Amanda Nadelberg reflects on life accomplishments and what has been left unachieved.

Bought by KENW, KALW, and WOUB


  • Added: Jul 10, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Douglas Kearney, poet, Credit: Rafael Hernandez
Douglas Kearney pays tribute to the late music icon Prince.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, and KENW


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Juan Delgado, poet
Juan Delgado describes a dangerous journey by a series of freight trains that migrants from Central America use to reach the U.S. border.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, and KENW


  • Added: Jun 26, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: John Tipton, poet, Credit: Stephanie Tipton
John Tipton looks at the Rosetta Spacecraft’s September 2016 landing on a comet orbiting Jupiter.

Bought by KALW, KENW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 20, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Atsuro Riley, poet, Credit: Sven Wiederholt
Atsuro Riley imagines the life of a young runaway from the south.

Bought by KHSU, KENW, KALW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 12, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Andrew Zawacki, poet, Credit: Sandrine Zawacki
Andrew Zawacki meditates on the difficulty of writing a personal poem after the birth of his daughter.

Bought by KHSU, KENW, and KALW


  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Melissa Broder, poet, Credit: Lord Byron
Melissa Broder writes about self-realization and survival.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: May 31, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Hayan Charara, poet, Credit: Rachel de Cordova
Hayan Charara considers how the world would be different today if certain historically significant events had not taken place in the late 1990s.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2