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, 2017 and June 26, 2018.

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.

97 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Noel Black, poet
Noel Black imagines singing karaoke on a yacht to the music of Michael McDonald.

  • Added: May 25, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: Mary Cisper, poet
Mary Cisper mediates on loss and grief after the death of her former husband.

Bought by KENW


  • Added: May 21, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: John Lennox, poet
John Lennox summons the presence of a friend who died suddenly and at a young age.

Bought by KENW


  • Added: May 11, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Anjuli Raza Kolb, poet
Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb describes how her grandfather rewrote verses of the Qur’an using only the @ sign on his typewriter.

Bought by KENW and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 07, 2018
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Nick Twemlow, poet
Nick Twemlow navigates the often bizarre and alienating world of the modern office.

Bought by KENW


  • Added: Apr 30, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Feliz Lucia Molina, poet
Feliz Lucia Molina remembers her life as a child while growing up in the San Fernando Valley.

Bought by KENW and KALW


  • Added: Apr 16, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Roberto Harrison, poet
Roberto Harrison imagines a time when death itself will be artificial.

Bought by KENW, KALW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 13, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Prageeta Sharma, poet
Prageeta Sharma reflects on the last night of intimacy with her terminally ill partner.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Randall Horton, poet
Randall Horton thinks about the ways we trap ourselves and others in boxes.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Apr 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Diana Arterian, poet
Diana Arterian describes the wedding ceremony of Agrippina the Younger, Empress of Rome and mother to the infamous Emperor Nero.

Bought by KALW, KENW, and KKRN


  • Added: Mar 21, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Johannes Goransson, poet
Johannes Göransson catalogs his summer travels through Berlin and Stockholm.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Mar 08, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Vi Khi Nao, poet
Vi Khi Nao’s poem inhabits the scene of a painting composed in 1998.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Mar 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Kit Robinson, Poet
Kit Robinson describes a walk home on a summer night as a cinematic experience.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Feb 22, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Rodney Koeneke, poet
Rodney Koeneke considers the mystery and language of riddles.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Emily Skillings, poet
Emily Skillings writes a tribute to poet John Ashbery who died in September of 2017.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Harmony Holiday, poet
Harmony Holiday meditates on her biracial heritage and the legacy of her parents.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Jennifer Firestone, poet
Jennifer Firestone recounts the state of dementia in a loved one.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Feb 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: David Shook, poet
David Shook responds to a poem by Pablo Neruda with his own poem set in present-day Middle East.

Bought by KENW, KALW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 25, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Joanna Klink, poet
Joanna Klink meditates on personal loss.

Bought by KALW and KENW


  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Eleni Sikelianos, poet
Eleni Sikelianos explores the evolution of the human body.

Bought by KALW, KENW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3