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CFUR Fireside Chats, hosted by Geoff Dickieson, University of Northern British Columbia, October 16, 2012

Cecil Giscombe discusses his views on art, poetry, culture and society as well as reading from his book Prairie Style. The musical intro and outro are Nat King Cole's version of the classic folk song "Nature Boy" which is mentioned by Cecil in the interview. Interview begins at 2:00 and ends at 45:00.

  • complete program (47:26): MP3

Reading at the African American Literature and Culture Society, San Francisco, May 28, 2010

  1. Introduction (9:37): MP3
  2. Introduction (Giscombe) (5:18): MP3
  3. 1962 (2:24): MP3
  4. Very Recent Past (0:46): MP3
  5. 3 Ideas About the Future (2:21): MP3
  6. 1962 At The Edge Of Town (1:23): MP3
  7. Introduction to "Prairie Style" (2:26): MP3
  8. Downstate (0:39): MP3
  9. Vernacular Examples (0:48): MP3
  10. I-70 Between Dayton and East St. Louis, Westbound Lanes (1:11): MP3
  11. Cry Me A River (0:28): MP3
  12. Light, Bright, Etc. (1:05): MP3
  13. A Cornet At Night (1:25): MP3

Reading at the Elliston Poetry Room, University of Cincinnati, November 20, 2009

  • introduction by Don Bogen (7:06): MP3
  • Giscombe's opening comments (3:47): MP3

  • from Practical Geography (an unpublished early manuscript)
  • Five Dreams (4:00): MP3
  • 1980 (1:27): MP3
  • Christmas 1981 (1:38): MP3

  • from Here (Dalkey Archive Press, 1994)
  • discussing Here and the series, "Blue Hole, Flood Waters, Little Miami River" (2:53): MP3
  • Dayton, OH 50s/60s (4:08): MP3
  • from "To James Wright" (3:17): MP3
  • Look Ahead — Look South: (1978 Itself) (1:21): MP3
  • Look Ahead — Look South: (1962 At the End of Town) (1:16): MP3

  • from Giscombe Road (Dalkey Archive Press, 1998)
  • discussing Giscombe Road (2:21): MP3
  • intraductory quotes and a note on the cover (2:05): MP3
  • Sound Carries (6:20): MP3

  • from Prairie Style (Dalkey Archive Press, 2008)
  • Downstate (2:00): MP3
  • Vernacular Examples (0:45): MP3
  • I-70 Between Dayton and East Saint Louis, Westbound Lanes (0:58): MP3
  • Cry Me a River (0:32): MP3
  • Palaver (0:57): MP3
  • A Train at Night (2:03): MP3
  • Prairie Style (1:43): MP3
  • Nature Boy (1:04): MP3
  • Light, Bright, Etc. (1:23): MP3
  • A Cornet at Night (1:09): MP3

  • complete reading (56:45): MP3

On A Voice Box, SPD Open House, Berkeley, December 1, 2007

Complete Reading (11:37): MP3

from Cross-Cultural Poetics, episode #152, "Iphigenia and Other Dramas," November 11, 2007

  • "Republican National Convention" (1:10): MP3

Reading as part of the Line Reading Series, September 24, 2002

  1. Introduction (1:29): MP3
  2. Favorite Haunt (1:57): MP3
  3. Fever (2:14): MP3
  4. A Train At Night (2:00): MP3
  5. Prairie Style (1:47): MP3
  6. Nature Boy (1:43): MP3
  7. Ballad Values (0:34): MP3
  8. Indianapolis, Indiana (8:38): MP3
  9. The Negro in Indiana (0:52): MP3
  10. Wild Cards (0:49): MP3
  11. The Traveling Public (5:17): MP3

complete reading (30:31): MP3

Reading on PhillyTalks, Episode 18, February 2, 2001

  1. Rejected by the New Yorker (3:28): MP3
  2. Section One of Giscombe Road (1:51): MP3
  3. Sound Carries (5:50): MP3
  4. Untitled (7:55): MP3
  5. Prairie Style (1:43): MP3
  6. Train at Night (1:46): MP3
  7. complete program (also featuring Barry McKinnon) (1:01:45): MP3

Segue Series Reading at Double Happiness, December 16, 2000

  1. Introduction (2:24): MP3
  2. Introduciton to "Giscombe Road" (2:57): MP3
  3. Sound Carries (5:43): MP3
  4. Over the Edge (2:30): MP3
  5. Introduction to "Into and Out of Dislocation" (3:07): MP3
  6. From "Into and Out of Dislocation (5:54): MP3
  7. Far Inland (2:20): MP3
  8. Favorite Haunt (1:31): MP3
  9. Two Directions (1:35): MP3
  10. Fever (1:50): MP3
  11. Voodoo-Dick (1:20): MP3
  12. Afro-Prairie (0:54): MP3
  13. A Train at Night (1:48): MP3

complete reading (35:18): MP3

Expanding the Repertoire: Continuity and Change in African-American Writing, Participating in Panel Discussions at Small Press Traffic, April 2000

  • Panel 1 (2:14:40): MP3
  • Panel 2 (1:36:39): MP3
  • Panel 3 (1:54:33): MP3
Recordings courtesy of David Buuck, who has dedicated an issue of his journal Tripwire to the conference.

Appearing on Cross-Cultural Poetics, Episode #41, "How We Move"

complete program (1:00:23): MP3

C.S. Giscombe Interview on CBC-FM with Jo Merversky, June 1995

New Coast Reading, Buffalo, April 1, 1993, recorded by Chris Funkhouser

  1. Introduction (2:12): MP3
  2. Source (& Mouth) (1:54): MP3
  3. Three Gentlemen (1:34): MP3
  4. Northern Roads (0:48): MP3
  5. The History of the Northern Interior of British Columbia, Formerly New Caledonia (0:58): MP3
  6. Northern Road Version Two (4:17): MP3
  7. Giscombe, B.C. (1:39): MP3
  8. Notes for Barry McKinnon (1:53): MP3
  9. The Skeena (0:50): MP3
  10. Northern Roads (Alternate Version) (1:00): MP3
  11. Nearing Town (1:19): MP3

    Complete Recording (18:45): MP3

Also on PennSound:

MLA Offsite Readings, 2004 & 2007

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