Friday, May 17, 2013

Episodes 36-40: Topeka Writers Workshop




After a long hiatus, I am going to upload several recordings together (Leah Sewell, C. Malcolm Ellsworth, Melissa Sewell, Timothy Volpert, and me), as episodes of the podcast.  Leah Sewell is a wonderfully talented poet, editor, and cook.  She is an assistant editor at Coconut Books, and also runs the phenomenal Topeka Writers Workshop.  I was honored to take part in the workshop last summer, and met many talented poets and writers in Topeka.  These recordings were made at our final reading, at the end of last summer.  Leah's book Birth in Storm was recently released from ELJ Publications, and I highly recommend it.

Episode 36: Leah Sewell
Episode 37: C. Malcolm Ellsworth
Episode 38: Melissa Sewell
Episode 39: Ben Cartwright
Episode 40: Timothy Volpert



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Episode 35: Julianne Buchsbaum




Julianne Buchsbaum won the 2011 National Poetry Series Award for her third book, The Apothecary’s Heir, which is forthcoming from Penguin in May, 2012. Her other works include Slowly, Slowly, Horses from Ausable Press, and A Little Night Comes, from Web del Sol. Her poems have also appeared in Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Verse, and the Denver Quarterly. This episode of the Kansas Blotter podcast is a recording of Julie reading poems at the Raven bookstore on January 26th, 2011. Poet Judith Roitman introduces Julie.

Episode 35: Julianne Buchsbaum


Episode 34: Stanley Lombardo


Stanley Lombardo is well known for his gorgeous translations of classical poetry, including the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid. He is a professor of Classics at the University of Kansas, and one of the founding members of the Kansas Zen Center. This episode of the Kansas Blotter podcast is a recording of Mr. Lombardo reading sections of his translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses at the Raven bookstore, on April 26th, 2011. Denise Lowe, former Kansas Poet Laureate, is the reader of Stan’s introduction. Poet Kenneth Irby can be heard assuring Stan that “skanky” is still commonly used in the vernacular.

Episode 34: Stanley Lombardo

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Episodes 25-33: William J. Harris



Episodes 25-33 of the podcast are recordings of poems read by William J. Harris at the Raven Bookstore in Lawrence, KS on April 26th, 2011. William J. Harris is a member of the MFA/Creative PhD faculty at the University of Kansas. His books include Hey Fella Would You Mind Holding This Piano a Moment (Ithaca House 1974), In My Own Dark Way (Ithaca House 1977) and Personal Questions (Leconte Publishers, Rome, 2010). His work has been published in over fifty anthologies and he is the author of the critical work The Poetry and Poetics of Amiri Baraka (University of Missouri Press 1985) and editor of The Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1991, second edition, 2000). Each of the podcast episode poems is read first in English, by William Harris, and then in Italian, by Crystal Hall, an Italian Renaissance specialist and associate professor in the department of French and Italian at the University of Kansas.









Thursday, April 21, 2011

Episodes 19-24: Robert Knapp & Brian Miller


Episodes 19-24 of the podcast ("50 Degrees & No Jacket," "Jack London," "At the Races, Cards & Labor," "Terminal Dee," "Verse Projection, A1" and "Verse Projection, A2") are collaborations between poet Robert Knapp and sound engineer Brian Miller.

Icon, Barista, able to bend steel with one hand and roll a cigarette with another--Robert Knapp is a fixture of Lawrence, KS.


Here are the bios Brian and Robert provided for the podcast:

Brian Miller is a Sound Engineer and Record Maker from the wild hills of North Carolina. He makes crazy sounds sound crazier and is more likely than not inhabited by some kind of interesting demon or space virus.

Robert Knapp is a poet from Houston, Texas, and resides in Lawrence, Kansas. Printing is in progress, in between work-gigs and idle wildness.






Monday, March 28, 2011

Episode 018: excerpts from Distraction Contra Diaspora by Creed Shepard


Episode 018 of the podcast is a recording of some excerpts from poet Creed Shepard's forthcoming chapbook. Creed is a writer and resident of Lawrence, Kansas. His forthcoming chapbook, Distraction Contra Diaspora, is due out in the spring of 2011.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Episodes 014, 015, 016 & 017: four poems by Molly MacKinnon


Molly MacKinnon is a poet and resident of Lawrence, KS. Episodes 014-017 of the podcast are recordings of Molly reading her poems "Flying Over Greenland Upon the Death of Miloscz," "For Tadeusz Konwicki," "Countering Postmodernism: Topics for This Week's Poem," and "Skeleton Coast, Namibia." Molly teaches French for the University of Kansas. Her pronunciation of Polish words makes me jealous.