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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.

54 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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.

  • Added: Jun 26, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
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 PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 20, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Atsuro Riley, poet, Credit: Sven Wiederholt
Atsuro Riley imagines the life of a young runaway from the south.

Bought by KENW, KALW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 12, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
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
Caption: Hai-Dang Phan, poet
Hai-Dang Phan examines archival documents concerning the abduction of a young Vietnamese woman by Thai pirates in the 1980s.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, KENW, and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: May 18, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Joyelle McSweeney, poet, Credit: Forrest Gander
Joyelle McSweeney thinks about various forms of infection and contagion facing the human race.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, and KENW


  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Simone White documents a mother’s life with her infant son.

Bought by KUER, KHSU, KENW, PRX Remix, and KALW


  • Added: May 03, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Timothy Yu, poet, Credit: Margarita Corporan
Timothy Yu meditates on perceptions of race, on television and in social media.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, and KENW


  • Added: Apr 24, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Camille Guthrie, poet, Credit: Osorio Arts
Camille Guthrie discusses the virtues of living like Icelandic popstar Björk.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, KENW, KSFR, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 17, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Caitlin Doyle, poet, Credit: Michael Robinson
Caitlin Doyle thinks about romance novels at the end of a relationship.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, KENW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Fady Joudah, poet, Credit: Cybele Knowles
Fady Joudah describes a car ride through a national park and observes wildlife, both living and dead.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, and KENW


  • Added: Apr 03, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Tyrone Williams, poet
Tyrone Williams imagines a motorist’s confrontation with the police in a strip mall parking lot.

Bought by KENW, KALW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Emily Perez, poet, Credit: Melissa Leslie
Emily Pérez portrays a person on a train fleeing from a past life.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Jan 16, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Quraysh Ali Lansana, poet, Credit: Alan Tarin
Quraysh Ali Lansana recalls a compromised night on the U.S./Mexico border.

Bought by KALW, KHSU, PRX Remix, and KENW


  • Added: Mar 20, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Kaveh Akbar, poet, Credit: Paige Lewis
Kaveh Akbar describes a nascent sexuality emerging in a life troubled by alcohol.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Shane McCrae, poet
Shane McCrae imagines the life of the adopted son of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Philip Jenks, poet
Philip Jenks considers the word “dust,” from Biblical language to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Bought by KALW, KENW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 24, 2017
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
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