Roxane Gay, author of "An Untamed State" (Grove Atlantic), co-editor of PANK, and essays editor for The Rumpus, was in Los Angeles recently, and she stopped to talk to The Working Poet Radio Show before her reading at Skylight Books. Listen to Roxane discuss her "An Untamed State," Channing Tatum, and why she is so fascinated with stories about survival.
When I was in Miami, Florida, in April, I talked to P. Scott Cunningham, poet and executive director of O, Miami, during one of his busiest moments: the start of his month-long poetry festival. For the month of April, P. Scott Cunningham puts on a festival that aims to make sure every resident of Miami comes in contact with a poem.
We at the Working Poet Radio Show couldn’t be more thrilled to have as our guest the founder and publisher of Ecco Press -- one of the most influential publishing imprints in the world. We talked Tangiers, working on a fishing boat, Morocco, Charles Bukowski, Paul Bowles, and why poetry matters in the digital age.
For our first live show at the Los Angeles Public Library, WPRS sat down with Luis J. Rodriguez, Michelle Meyering, and Chiwan Choi. Music at the event was provided by Jake Bluenote. Working Poet Radio Show: Live would not be possible without the support of the Los Angeles Public Library and the Literature and Fiction Department.
In March, WPRS sat down with Denise Duhamel, the author of Blowout and Ka-Ching, to listen to her wax poetic about being nominated for the National Book Award, breakups, and the working life. This podcast was recorded before the announcement that Frank Bidart was awarded The National Book Award, but we have a feeling Denise will be nominated for the award again soon.
When Richard Blanco was on tour to promote For All of Us, One Today (Beacon Press), he stopped at Skylight Books for a fantastic reading. It was his first time in Los Angeles and we were fortunate to catch up with him beforehand.
T. Zachary Cotler’s new book, Ghost at the Loom (MP Publishing), is his first novel. In this interview, he talks about his transition from poetry to writing novels. We also discuss poetry’s place in the world today and the visionary experience of poets like William Blake and Allen Ginsberg. T.