Speedway and Swan Episode 40: Carmen Giménez Smith

Speedway and Swan: Carmen Giménez Smith


Poet, editor and publisher Carmen Giménez Smith joins us in the KXCI studio to share poems by authors from Noemi Press, including work from a forthcoming book by former Poetry Center literary director, Hannah Ensor. This episode also highlights poems from presenters at the Thinking its Presence: Race + Creative Writing + Art conference, which prompted Giménez Smith’s visit to Tucson.


With musical selections from Cass McCombs, PJ Harvey, Lauryn Hill and others.


Muriel Leung | “World’s Tiniest Human,” Bone Confetti, Noemi Press, 2016.


Manuel Paul López | “10 new superstitions,” These Days of Candy, Noemi Press, 2017.


Patricia Spears Jones | “May Perpetual Light Shine,” Poem-a-Day, Academy of American Poets, Oct 17, 2017.


Carolina Ebeid | “You Asked Me to Talk About the Interior,” You Asked Me to Talk About the Interior, Noemi Press, 2016.


Roberto Tejada |“(Honeycomb perfection of this form before me),” Full Foreground, University of Arizona Press, 2012.


John Pluecker | “Tome at Hotel Norte,” Ford Over, Noemi Press, 2016.


Hannah Ensor |“Art in a Capitalism,” Love Dream With Television forthcoming from Noemi Press.


Natalie Scenters Zapico | “Placement,” The Verging Cities, Center for Literary Publishing, 2015.


Vanessa Angélica Villarreal |“Tropical Depression,” Beast Meridian, Noemi Press, 2017.


Eunsong Kim| “Regicide,” The Gospel of Regicide, Noemi Press, 2017.


TC Tolbert |“Dear Melissa (a gray horse painted),” Entropy, April 25, 2017.


Jessica Rae Bergamino | “Occultation Voyager Two at Jupiter,” Unmanned, forthcoming from Noemi Press.


Samiya Bashir |“Cannot Cycle,” Poetry, April 2014.


Born in New York, poet Carmen Giménez Smith earned a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She is the author of six collections of poetry, including Cruel Futures (City Lights, 2018); Milk and Filth (2013), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Goodbye, Flicker (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry. She is the author of the memoir Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else (University of Arizona Press, 2010), which received an American Book Award. She also coedited Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing (Counterpath Press, 2014).

Giménez Smith is chair of the planning committee for CantoMundo and is the publisher of Noemi Press. A professor of English at Virginia Tech she is also a poetry editor of The Nation, with Stephanie Burt.



SPEEDWAY & SWAN is a monthly, one-hour free-format radio program that presents contemporary poetry against a context of variously compatible and offbeat musical selections.  Culling from the exceptional libraries of her partners, the University of Arizona Poetry Center and KXCI 91.3 Tucson Community Radio, host Susan Briante is joined in conversation each episode by a rotating guest co-host who brings to the hour a selection of poetry from his or her personal canon, which, along with the freshest and best from the "new shelves," they read live. 

Most episodes also feature a recorded performance from Voca, the Poetry Center's audio archive of its legendary poetry readings since 1963. SPEEDWAY & SWAN represents a partnership between the Poetry Center, which archives the show in listenable format with an annotated playlist, and KXCI, where the show streams live.   

Since 1983, KXCI 91.3 FM has been committed to connecting Tucson and Southern Arizona to one another and to the world with informative, engaging, and creative community-based radio programming.

Susan Briante’s most recent book The Market Wonders (Ahsahta Press) was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. The Kenyon Review calls it “masterful at every turn.” She is also the author of the poetry collections Pioneers in the Study of Motion and Utopia Minus (an Academy of American Poets Notable Book of 2011), both from Ahsahta Press. Briante has received grants and awards from the Atlantic Monthly, the MacDowell Colony, the Academy of American Poets, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund and the US-Mexico Fund for Culture. She is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Arizona.