Speedway and Swan Episode 41: Sally Roundhouse


Speedway and Swan Episode 41 Featuring Sally Roundhouse


Poet, musician and performer Sally Roundhouse joins host Susan Briante for an episode 

of poems from late empire recorded during the middle of summer. You’ll hear poems as economic equations and poems as divination practice, poems peopled with characters like a play and poems with the music of song from some of the most established and most vibrantly new of the small presses.


With musical selections from Helado Negro, Chad Vangaalen and Angels of Light.


Liz Bowen | “Being Sick all the time is not like feeling sick” and “///////,” Sugar Blood, Metatron Press, 2017.


Lisa Olstein | “Now Lead Me Out of the Story Spirit” and “A Hundred Thousand Questions Why,” Late Empire, Copper Canyon Press, 2017.


Raquel Salas Rivera | “The More Idle and Unskillful the Labor,” “Coats Are Not Exchanged for Coats,” and “The Conversion of a Sum of Money into a Sum of Commodity,” Lo terciario/The Tertiary, Timeless Infinite Light, 2018.


Moss Angel the Undying | “SEA-WITCH  TS_ AMBER /GODTHOUGHT,” Sea-Witch Vol. 2, 2fast2house, 2017.


Selah Saterstrom | "An Opening: Divinatory Poetics 1-11," Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics, Essay Press, 2018.


Moss Angel Witchmonstr | “BONE DEATH SUN,” Sea Witch Vol. 1, 2fast2house, 2017.


Precious Okoyoman | “I’m feeling very tired and frustrated about the idea of fixing my life” and “Nonverbal Communication,” Ajebota, Bottlecap Press, 2016..


Noelle Kocot | “Cruelty,” and “Crazy,” Pains of Phantom Madness, Wave Books, 2016.





Sally Roundhouse is a poet, performer, and musician living in Tucson, Arizona. She runs the literary arts nonprofit Casa Libre and is the managing editor for SPF Lit Mag. You can find her on instagram by searching “s.roundhouse” or “roundhouse.s”.



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.