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Eduardo C. Corral

Eduardo C. Corral reads from Guillotine (Graywolf Press 2020). We talk about attentiveness, structuring books, audience and interiority. We also talk about expanding possibilities and French pop songs. Playlist: Benjamin Biolay, Comment est ta peine? Julien Doré, Le lac Benjamin Biolay, Padam Christine and the Queens, La marcheuse Juliette Armanet, A la Folie

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Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar reads poems from Calling A Wolf A Wolf (Alice James Books 2017) and Pilgrim Bell (Graywolf 2021). We talk about technology of language–its limitations and failures–and ways of working to subvert it. We also talk about addiction, country roads and cats. Playlist: Angel Olsen, Creator, Destroyer T Rex, Cosmic Dancer Frank Ocean, Nights …

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Joy Harjo

From the archive 2017 Joy Harjo talks about Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings and Crazy Brave (W.W. Norton).  We talk about perceived power, flying, stories and the saxophone, and debut her latest song! Joy Harjo gave the Second Annual Robert F. Berkhofer, Jr. Lecture in Native American Studies. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/l44wh28xn4s67iyi3j7qgj3vnai9jhvp.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: March 15, 2017

Phillip Crymble

From the archive: 2007 Phillip Crymble reads from Wide Boy (Lapwing Publications 2007). We talk about pop culture, humor, Simon Armitage, and Shaman Drum. Download Audio

Naomi Shihab Nye

From the archive: 2012 In a special live Living Writers evening event celebrating WCBN FM’s 40th Anniversary, Naomi Shihab Nye reads from Transfer (BOA Editions Ltd 2011) and also There is No Long Distance Now: Very Short Stories (Greenwillow Books 2011). We talk about fathers, elementary school poets and fig trees. Download Audio Original airdate: …

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Farnoosh Fathi

From the archive: 2013 Farnoosh Fathi reads from Great Gus (Canarium Books 2013). We talk about Brazil, translation, Emily Dickinson, art and interviewing. Download Audio Original airdate: March 13, 2013 Photo credit: Alan Bernheimer

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Tarfia Faizullah

From the archive: 2016 Tarfia Faizullah reads poems from Seam, chosen for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (Southern Illinois University Press). We talk about writing a long sequence. We also talk about imagination and research–and the unforgotten. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/4gfgj7m3dm24p5m2pic9u0otvrc2gmt9.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: November 30, 2016 For more about this poet, click here!

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Kazim Ali

From the archive: 2010 Kazim Ali reads from Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press 2009). We talk about gender theory, Yoko Ono, and blurring genre. We also talk about the geography of emotion and the past. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/r41w04kqdpyu1qv1fga5k7x9f84genxo.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: October 13, 2010 Recording date: October 7, 2010 Photo credit: press kit

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Ken Mikolowski

From the archive: 2010 Ken Mikolowski reads poems from Big Enigmas (Past Tents Press). We talk about humor, art, and Detroit.  We also talk about Ann Mikolowski‘s pocket portraits, reading with MC5 and Iggy and the Stooges, Ken’s most recent event in New York City and a pork barrel prize. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/8znugo2mecy7um6ugsu3l5jwvzeljv8o.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: June …

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Anne Waldman

From the archive: 2012 Anne Waldman reads from The Iovis Trilogy:  Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment–a project that spanned 26 years (Coffee House Press). We talk about collaboration, Ginsberg, manatees, and walking meditation.  We also talk about her archive at the University of Michigan Library. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/3fee9mp6cfqtwylp72al8815icl6ethh.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: April 12, 2012