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.
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.