Poetry Centered Podcast

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Poetry Centered features curated selections from Voca, the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s online audiovisual archive of more than 1,000 recordings of poets reading their work during visits to the Center between 1963 and today. In each episode, a guest poet introduces three poems from Voca, sharing their insights about the remarkable performances recorded in our archive. Each episode concludes with the guest poet reading a poem of their own. 

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Transcripts for each episode are available here. Click on the episode title, then click on the transcript tab at the bottom of the player. Poems are transcribed as read and do not represent the published work.

Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes!

June 26: hosted by Olatunde Osinaike, with selections from Patricia Spears Jones (2017), Morgan Parker (2018), and Ishmael Reed (1989).

July 10: hosted by Mary Jo Bang, with selections from Claudia Rankine (2005), Srikanth Reddy (2015), and Timothy Donnelly (2023).

July 21: hosted by Eugenia Leigh, with selections from John Murillo (2021), Monica Sok (2020), and Angel Dominguez (2023).

Historically, the Poetry Center has presented other audio programs featuring tracks from Voca. Speedway & Swan was a fortnightly one-hour free-format radio program on KXCI 91.3 Tucson Community Radio hosted by Brian Blanchfield, then Susan Briante. The show presented contemporary poetry against a context of variously compatible and offbeat musical selections. Learn more and listen to episodes here.