Speedway & Swan

SPEEDWAY AND SWAN is a fortnightly 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 his partners, the University of Arizona Poetry Center and KXCI 91.3FM Tucson Community Radio, creator and host Brian Blanchfield is joined in conversation each episode by a 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. 

Each show also features a recorded performance from voca, the Poetry Center's audio archive of its legendary poetry readings since 1963. SPEEDWAY AND SWAN represents a partnership between the Poetry Center, which will archive 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.

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.


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. He lives in Tucson. Contact: speedwayandswan@gmail.com.