Speedway & Swan

SPEEDWAY & SWAN was 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 was joined in conversation each episode by a rotating guest co-host who brought to the hour a selection of poetry from their personal canon, which, along with the freshest and best from the "new shelves," they read live. Episodes 1-32 were hosted by Speedway & Swan creator Brian Blanchfield. 

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

Each episode, with an annotated playlist, can be heard in full here. Check out the full catalog of recordings:

Episode 1 with Jane Miller

Episode 2 with John Melillo

Episode 3 with Maggie Golston

Episode 4 with Molly McKasson

Episode 5 with Ian Ellansante

Episode 6 with Tyler Meier

Episode 7 with Ander Monson

Episode 8 with Karen Brennan

Episode 9 with Joey Burns of Calexico

Episode 10 with Laynie Browne

Episode 11 with Farid Matuk

Episode 12 with Brenda Hillman

Episode 13 with Chris Nealon

Episode 14 with Srikanth Reddy

Episode 15 with Maryrose Larkin

Episode 16 with Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Episode 17 with Annie Guthrie

Episode 18 with Mark Wunderlich

Episode 19 with TC Tolbert

Epsiode 20 with Samuel Ace

Episode 21 with Laura Maher

Episode 22 with Richard Siken

Episode 23 with Christopher Nelson

Episode 24 with Susan Briante

Episode 25 with Mary-Kim Arnold

Episode 26 with Corina Copp

Episode 27 with Eric Magrane

Episode 28 with Danniel Schoonebeek

Episode 29 VOCA special

Episode 30 with Lisa Wells

Episode 31 with Mathias Svalina

Episode 32 with Ernesto Portillo, Jr.

Episode 33 with Alison Hawthorne Deming

Episode 34 with Sarah Vap

Episode 35 with Susan Briante & Brian Blanchfield

Episode 36 Poetry of Migration

Episode 37 with Layli Long Soldier

Episode 38 with Roberto Tejada

Episode 39 with Ander Monson

Episode 40 with Carmen Giménez Smith

Episode 41 with Sally Roundhouse

Episode 42 with Chris Martin

Episode 43 with Diana Delgado

Episode 44 with Maggie Smith

Episode 45 with Ruth Ellen Kocher

Speedway & Swan host 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.

Speedway & Swan creator and host for episodes 1-32 Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies: Essays Near Knowing (Nightboat Books), which received a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction. His book of poems A Several World (Nightboat Books) was the 2014 winner of The James Laughlin Award and a longlist finalist for The National Book Award.