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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

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Toi Derricotte

From the archive: 2012 Toi Derricotte reads from The Undertaker’s Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press 2011). We talk about nuns, about chaos, about balance and a sense of what’s true. We also hear Toi lead off the show singing one of her favorite songs by Billie Holiday. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/tb2ycj419uf5an4x4ik7v3tu79d7nb3v.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: November 21, 2012 …

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Carl Phillips

From the archive: 2011 Carl Phillips reads from Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011). We also hear poems from The Rest of Love, Riding Westward, and A Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006.  We talk about Dickinson, Cape Cod, the influences of the Ancient Greeks, the lyric, love, and how poems are like prayers. …

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Philip Levine

From the archive: 2012 Philip Levine talks about writing every day.  We also talk about Aunt Belle, Spain, anarchism, Larry Levis, pianist Bill Evans, Detroit, and Adrienne Rich.  Books on the table with us: NEWS OF THE WORLD (2009), BREATH (2004), THE SIMPLE TRUTH (1994), WHAT WORK IS (1991) and NEW SELECTED POEMS (1991) https://umich.box.com/shared/static/daamyvwp3bxjd7p47v6r26u3bc7ab9j8.mp3 …

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Jean Valentine

From the archive: 2015 Poet Jean Valentine reads from Break the Glass and Shirt In Heaven (Copper Canyon Press). We talk about memory, elegy, music and dreaming. Take heart. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/i56bxlhpmjr9i15j1pvi5g701m4npi6v.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here! Original airdate: April 22, 2015

A. Van Jordan

From the archive: 2013 A. Van Jordan reads poems from The Cineaste (W. W. Norton & Company 2014).  We talk about the love of film, family, and organists.  We talk about disappearing and emerging in stories.  We also have a drum roll! https://umich.box.com/shared/static/3foponvwadxgr4vpvezn8xkn7x8yqrcy.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: May 15, 2013

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Amy Hempel

From the archive: 2008 Amy Hempel reads from The Collected Stories (Scribner 2007). We talk about writing short shorts and writing prose poems–and about having that first line–how it shows you the way to the story. We hear a poem called “Sing to It.”  And we talk about dogs. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/kq6s3tjl3b34aee1cizeuee4k88bqaby.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: December 3, …

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