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  3. Michael Palmer -
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  5. Barrett Watten -
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  6. Steve McCaffery -
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  8. Jackson Mac Low -
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  10. Rod Smith -
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  11. Rachel Blau Duplessis -
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  12. K. Silem Mohammad -
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David Biespiel on 'Between the Covers,' 2015

Posted 9/3/2015

Today we're highlighting a newly-added episode of Between the Covers — David Naimon's literary radio series broadcast on Portland, Oregon's KBOO 90.7 FM — featuring David Biespiel, poet, teacher, editor, and essayist.

He's also "the author of the longest standing newspaper column on poetry in the United States," and his latest book, A Long High Whistle collects his best essays, covering topics from "how to read a poem [and] how poets grapple with the poets that come before them," to "issues of poetry in translation [and] the challenges of political poetry" as well as "the role of engaged citizenry for poets in the world." In his description of the show, Naimon observes, "This collection will provide anyone, from the beginning poet to the mature writer to the lover of literature, with insights into what inspires poets, how poems are written and read, and how poetry situates itself in American life." While Biespiel's point of view isn't necessarily the sort that one might frequently find on PennSound, his perspectives are both thoughtful and interesting, and make for a fascinating listen.

You can listen to this program, along with previous episodes featuring Maggie Nelson, Claudia Rankine, Sarah Manguso, and Mary Ruefle, on our Between the Covers series page.

Tinfish Press: Fifth Monthly Reading, 2015

Posted 9/1/2015

If you haven't already checked out our homepage for Tinfish PressSusan M. Schultz's Hawai'i-based publishing house dedicated to highlighting "experimental poetry (and some prose) from the Pacific," which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year — here's an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with it: recently-posted audio from Tinfish's fifth monthly poetry reading.

Recorded on February 2nd of this year, this forty-minute reading features sets from Jay Vera Lee, Lynn Young, and Tim Dike. You'll find three other recordings on our Tinfish Press series page, including the third monthly reading from earlier this year, and a pair of recordings from October 2010: a reading celebrating Schultz's birthday, and another marking the launch of Tinfish #20. Featured poets include Jules Boykoff, Kaia Sand, Brandy Nalani McDougall, Bryant Webster Schultz, Janine Oshiro, No'u Revilla, Adam Aitken, and Kai Gaspar, along with Schultz herself.

On Hurricane Katrina's 10th Anniversary: 'Professional Human Beings'

Posted 8/29/2015

On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina made landfall at New Orleans, breaching the levees in more than fifty places and leaving much of the city deluged with as much as fifteen feet of flood water. Today, on the tenth anniversary of those calamitous events, we'd like to remind our listeners of a wonderful radio documentary added to our archives in April 2010, which explores poetry, politics, locality and resilience in the aftermath of disaster: Professional Human Beings.

In the words of producer Pauline Cavillot, Professional Human Beings, "is about the essential role played by the arts in the recovery of post-Katrina New Orleans, expressed by New Orleans people: poets, an art therapist, a theatre producer." Some of the poets involved in Professional Human Beings include Michael Ford (whose collection, Carbon, records life before and after Hurricane Katrina), Dave Brinks (author of The Caveat Onus and proprietor of The Gold Mine Saloon), Bill Lavender (whose imprint, Lavender Ink, publishes work by New Orleans poets, as well as non-local authors like Hank Lazer and Randy Prunty), and Brett Evans and Frank Sherlock (co-authors of Ready-to-Eat Individual, a haunting collaborative portrait of "New Orleans, USA, the year 1 AK"). Also included in the program are Holly Wherry, an art therapist who worked with the children of New Orleans post-Katrina, and Barbara Motley, founder of Théâtre Cabaret Le Chat Noir. We've provided individual segments for each speaker, and you can also stream or download the entire forty-five minute documentary on our Professional Human Beings homepage, where you'll also find links to a photo gallery.

Those who'd like to hear more from Ready-to-Eat Individual can find several recordings of excerpts from the book on our Frank Sherlock author page.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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