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Top 34 Poetry Podcasts

Apr 23, 2024

The Best Poetry Podcasts from millions of podcasts available on the Goodpods platform and ranked by listens, ratings, comments, subscriptions and shares.

Wild Nights with Rocky Powell

159 Episodes

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Avg Length 39m

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Latest episode 13 hours ago

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Reliving your wildest nights one episode at a time!

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Within the Wires

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Within the Wires

99 Episodes

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Avg Length 18m

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Latest episode 4 months ago

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Stories told through found audio from an alternate universe. Season four, "The Cradle" is a story about a mother and daughter as they attempt to lead a family-centric commune surviving on the fringes of society. Narrated by Mona Grenne. Written by Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson. Original music by Mary Epworth.

The New Yorker: Poetry

101 Episodes

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Avg Length 28m

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Latest episode 5 days ago

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Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Kevin Young.

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Supernatural Park

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Supernatural Park

14 Episodes

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Avg Length 20m

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Latest episode 1 year ago

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Welcome to Supernatural Park! Here you'll find all sorts creatures from myth, legend, and folklore. If it's the popular bigfoot you're interested in, or the lesser known Florida Skunk Ape, or if the cute little carbuncle is what you're after, I promise you're sure to find them here. But while we're searching together please stick to the trail and don't feed the wildlife.

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The Premise

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The Premise

87 Episodes

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Avg Length 54m

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Latest episode 5 months ago

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Here on The Premise Jeniffer and Chad Thompson talk to storytellers of all types. From authors to musicians, poets, screenwriters, and comedians we get down to the tiny grain of sand that becomes a pearl—getting to the story behind the storyteller.

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The Well Read Poem

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The Well Read Poem

90 Episodes

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Avg Length 10m

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Latest episode 1 month ago

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Because reading is interpretation, The Well Read Poem aims to teach you how to read with understanding! Hosted by poet Thomas Banks of The House of Humane Letters, these short episodes will introduce you to both well-known and obscure poets and will focus on daily recitation, historical and intellectual background, elements of poetry, light explication, and more! Play this podcast daily and practice reciting! The next week, get a new poem. Grow in your understanding and love of poetry by learning how to read well! Brought to you by The Literary Life Podcast.

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Rereading the Stone

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Rereading the Stone

85 Episodes

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Avg Length 54m

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Latest episode 16 days ago

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Rereading the Stone is a weekly discussion of historical Chinese literature, philosophy, and poetry, currently focusing on the Qing dynastic Classic novel Dream of the Red Chamber (Hong lou meng 紅樓夢) also known as Story of the Stone (Shitou ji 石頭記).

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Dead Letter Radio

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Dead Letter Radio

61 Episodes

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Avg Length 26m

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Latest episode 1 year ago

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Your Words. Your Podcast. A show for the writers, poets, note takers big and small. A show for the listeners looking to unwind, relate, feel connected. Dead Letter Radio is a podcast focused on sharing the human experience, minor or major, fiction or non-fiction, through original art and writing. Submit your poems, short stories, letters that you have never sent. I want to hear, read, and share them. Sit back and listen to the what the world is whispering.

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Professing Literature

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Professing Literature

19 Episodes

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Avg Length 72m

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Latest episode 1 month ago

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Why do great novels, poems and plays move us and excite us? How can they change the way we look at ourselves and the world? What do these authors have to teach us? Why do they matter? There are no better answers to these questions than those provided by the authors themselves. We want to let them speak. Professing Literature is not a broad summary of major works. Instead, it will zero in on one or two key passages, looking at them closely in order to figure out what is at stake. The goal will be to appreciate an author’s brilliance by seeing him or her in action. We will unpack key phrases, images and metaphors and we will consider the techniques the writer uses to make ideas come alive.

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Self Care Spotlight

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Self Care Spotlight

107 Episodes

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Avg Length 52m

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Latest episode 6 months ago

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Thank you for four years of listening! SCS is officially retired as my personal journey has shifted. Please enjoy these episodes and I hope they meet you where you are.

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Hoar Pod

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Hoar Pod

50 Episodes

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Avg Length 67m

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Latest episode 2 months ago

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Hoar Pod is Sex Magic. Hoar Pod is childhood trauma and galactic ritual. Hoar Pod is pain transmuted into pleasure. This podcast is herbs and art woven together to create spiritual sovereignty. Hoar Pod is hosted by Lacey Free - Galactic Shadow Witch, Birth Doula, Death Doula, Sexpert, and Performance Artist. Hoar Pod welcomes the healers, the artists, and the destroyers. This podcast begs you to cum to yourself. Let us heal together. Let us feel together.

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Make Art Not Content

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Make Art Not Content

82 Episodes

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Avg Length 8m

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Latest episode 1 month ago

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Bi-weekly creativity truthlotion. Brought to you by The Mystery School. makeartnotcontent.com
The Drunken Odyssey with John King: A Podcast About the Writing Life

623 Episodes

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Avg Length 72m

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Latest episode 2 days ago

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Join author John King for eclectic interviews with writers from a variety of genres, including fiction writing, poetry, memoirs, and journalism. From literature to genre writing to the movies, all writing is up for discussion. In particular, The Drunken Odyssey features discussion of all aspects of the writing process—not just the published manuscript, pristinely presented to the entire literate world, but also the scrawled notes and tortured drafts that lead writers there. In long-form interviews, writers discuss their process and the way that writing has influenced their lives. Besides this interview, each episode also features a short memoir essay from a writer about a beloved book, plus John King responds to listener’s questions and observations about the writing (and the drinking) life. For more information, see our website at www.thedrunkenodyssey.com.
Quintessential Listening Poetry Online Radio and YouTube

361 Episodes

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Avg Length 68m

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Latest episode 4 days ago

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The mission of the Quintessential Listening Poetry Online Radio and YouTube podcast (QLPORYT) is to provide a live platform for poets from all backgrounds and locations worldwide to showcase their poetry. This includes emerging, mid-level, and established poets. The podcast conducts conversational interviews with poets delving into the essence of poetry within the realms of the mind, heart, and soul. It also provides a platform for poets to showcase their craft, whether through traditional forms or spoken word poetry. If you would like to be a guest on QLPORYT, please contact the host, Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram (see below), at [email protected]. You can also visit the website at www.qlporyt.com to learn more about the podcast. Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram is a retired university professor, social change activist, and spoken word artist. He taught Counselor Education and Supervision in the College of Education at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. He is the host and producer of the Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio podcast (qlporyt.com). He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the DC Poetry Project, Inc., in Washington DC. He uses poetry to spread awareness about power, identity, and oppression issues. His international reputation as a spoken word artist and performance poet has earned him the nickname The Counseling Poet. This is based on his background in mental health. Dr. Ingram has traveled extensively, lecturing and conducting workshops on developing cultural competency and empathy skills through the use of poetry. He has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poetry. His second poetry collection, When Cherry Blossoms Fall on Black Skin is forthcoming. He resides in Washington, DC.
Writer's Life Radio - The Only Show for Authors and Writers, by Authors and Writers

291 Episodes

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Avg Length 5m

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Latest episode 4 years ago

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Whether you're a seasoned author or beginning writer... Subscribe and tune into WritersLife.org radio to get the latest news, tips and resources needed to take your love of writing to the next level, get published or simply generate an income from. Subscribe now, plus be sure to claim your free Writer's Toolkit by visiting our site at http://www.WritersLife.org/podcast-gift/ Writer's Life Radio - The Only Show for Authors and Writers, by Authors and Writers

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Apex Magazine Podcast

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Apex Magazine Podcast

100 Episodes

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Avg Length 33m

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Latest episode 1 year ago

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A monthly podcast of fiction from the Hugo award-nominated Apex Magazine
Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast

142 Episodes

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Avg Length 28m

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Latest episode 22 hours ago

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James Allen Hall and Aaron Smith talk about their favorite poems and poets, interview amazing writers, laugh a lot, gossip, and get real about life and art.
Louie Valender & the Gang of La's

4 Episodes

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Avg Length 37m

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Latest episode 11 months ago

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A scatterbrain podcast for the handful.



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Curious Humans with Jonny Miller

63 Episodes

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Avg Length 80m

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Latest episode 2 months ago

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Deep dive conversations that celebrate self-experimentation and ask what it means to cultivate embodied wisdom.

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Haiku Chronicles

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Haiku Chronicles

32 Episodes

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Avg Length 23m

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Latest episode 3 years ago

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Haiku Chronicles is designed to provide a better understanding and appreciation of the art of Haiku and its related forms including senryu, renku, tanka, haibun and haiga. In these podcasts, poets Alan Pizzarelli and Donna Beaver will discuss the origins and poetic principles of these poetic forms in the English language, featuring poems by the most prominent poets of the genre.
Multilingual Poetry Collection by Various

20 Episodes

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Avg Length 2m

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Latest episode 3 months ago

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Multilingual Poetry Collection of favorite public-domain poems in languages other than English.
Austin Typewriter, Ink. - Podcast

51 Episodes

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Avg Length 50m

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Latest episode 10 months ago

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Take a walk into the nostalgic world of typewriters with the founders of Austin Typewriter, Ink. as we explore the typospherian world with humor and fun stories galore.
Breathe: Faith and Creativity Podcast

76 Episodes

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Avg Length 47m

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Latest episode 5 days ago

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Welcome to the Breathe: Faith and Creativity Podcast where we explore the intersection of faith and creativity. We interview artists from all walks of life to discover how faith plays a role in their art and in expression, hoping to encourage you to live a life of creativity and faith.

The Breath Podcast streams in 25 countries; including the United States, the Philippines, Canada, Australia, Germany, and Africa.

We’re always looking to connect and to invite guests to share their creative journey. If you’re interested in appearing on the Pod, feel free to...

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Unpack ‘n Bounce Back

50 Episodes

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Avg Length 50m

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Latest episode 9 months ago

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Unpack ‘n Bounce Back! Reyna Biddy and Skye Townsend team up to share their personal experiences and tough lessons learned while navigating through life. The poet and comedienne duo will leave you laughing, crying, and inspired as they engage in honest conversations. Stories. Spoken word. Opinions. Comedy. Reflections. Weekly Challenges. Two perspectives—Unfiltered,With love.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

19 Episodes

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Avg Length 39m

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Latest episode 3 months ago

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The Divine Comedy (Italian: Commedia, later christened “Divina” by Giovanni Boccaccio), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, the last great work of literature of the Middle Ages and the first great work of the Renaissance. A culmination of the medieval world-view of the afterlife, it establishes the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the Italian standard, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature.The Divine Comedy is composed of three canticas (or “cantiche”) — Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise) — composed each of 33 cantos (or “canti”). The very first canto serves as an introduction to the poem and is generally not considered to be part of the first cantica, bringing the total number of cantos to 100.The poet tells in the first person his travel through the three realms of the dead, lasting during the Easter Triduum in the spring of 1300.

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THE SHY LIFE PODCAST

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THE SHY LIFE PODCAST

718 Episodes

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Avg Length 91m

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Latest episode 1 day ago

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The world of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST is a strange world; a world where Shy Yeti and his friends live! Just as you are beginning to think that it is a completely normal place it will turn around and surprise you and quite probably some very odd things will happen; but I really do promise that they'll be enjoyable...

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The Chapbook

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The Chapbook

51 Episodes

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Avg Length 16m

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Latest episode 1 year ago

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Noah Stetzer and Ross White, editors at Bull City Press, reveal the secrets of chapbooks—writing, editing, and publishing them—and take you behind the scenes at some chapbook presses. Contact the podcast with questions & comments using chapbook [at] bullcitypress.com; look for Bull City Press online at www.bullcitypress.com. Twitter: @bullcitypress; Noah Stetzer @dcnoah; Ross White @rosswhite
The Wandering Book Collector

37 Episodes

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Avg Length 38m

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Latest episode 25 days ago

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The Wandering Book Collector with host Michelle Jana Chan airs regular conversations with writers exploring what's informed their books and their lives around themes of movement, memory, sense of place, borders, identity, belonging and home. The podcast has welcomed Booker and Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, such as Bernardine Evaristo, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Karen Joy Fowler, Carla Power and Maaza Mengiste. The choice of writers is representative of the world around us, naturally. https://linktr.ee/thewanderingbookcollector

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Easy French Poetry (French Today)

17 Episodes

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Avg Length 10m

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Latest episode 12 years ago

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Bonjour à tous and welcome to Easy French Poetry where I read some of the most Classic French Poems. I will read them twice: once slowly - so you may repeat after me - and once at a more natural reading pace. I will sometimes also talk about the life of the author, explain the vocabulary or do an analysis of the text using simple, everyday French. You will find the full text of the poems accompanied by the audio on my website FrenchToday.com as well as much more audio material such as The Easy French Poetry Readings and Analysis series, Classic French Tales, French Verb Drills, reachable audio novels...
The Sample Chapter Podcast

257 Episodes

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Avg Length 46m

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Latest episode 13 days ago

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The podcast that helps you find your next favorite book. In each episode, an author answers a few questions during a short interview that allows listeners to get to know them better and perhaps hear about their other works. Then the author reads a sample chapter from one of their books.

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Resounding Verse

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Resounding Verse

19 Episodes

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Avg Length 28m

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Latest episode 7 months ago

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Join music theorist Stephen Rodgers as he explores how composers transform words into songs. Each episode discusses one poem and one musical setting of it. The music is diverse—covering a variety of styles and time periods, and focusing on composers from underrepresented groups—and the tone is accessible and personal. If you love poetry and song, no matter your background and expertise, this show is for you. Episodes are 20-40 minutes long and air every couple of months.

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Deer Tracks

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Deer Tracks

30 Episodes

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Avg Length 24m

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Latest episode 2 years ago

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The Deer Tracks podcast is a place where creativity lives. Where our longings, our delights, our disappointments, and our passions are breathed out: marking the trail of our journey. These are the tracks we make and the ones we follow to find the deepest parts of ourselves: our true selves. During each episode, you will hear echoes of the past as well as current voices through discussions about and performances of creative works. Our goal is to build community and inspire others in their creative pursuits which is why we invite our listeners to submit their work for the opportunity of hearing it on a future episode or seeing it on our blog site by sending them [email protected]. All submissions must be appropriate for a general audience and should be original work. You can submit a recording of yourself performing your work, or you can submit the words to have James perform it; all we ask is that recordings run no longer than four minutes and thirty seconds or submissions to be read are no longer than one thousand words. Exceptions can be made based on literary form but as a general rule, we ask that submissions abide by the above criteria. For further questions, you can email those to the above email address.
How To Love Lit Podcast

260 Episodes

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Avg Length 44m

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Latest episode 3 days ago

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A look at all of the literature you read in high school and college and wished you had paid more attention to.

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The Seattle Public Library - Author Readings and Library Events

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Avg Length 64m

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Latest episode 5 months ago

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The Seattle Public Library celebrates the written word through literary and humanities programs, including readings and talks by local, national and international authors, Seattle Reads, and the annual Washington State Book Awards, American history lecture, and Living History or Living Literature series.

Poetry Podcasts

Feeling the need to give your brain a workout that's more stimulating than a crossword puzzle? Poetry podcasts are here to flex your literary muscles and get your neurons firing in all the right ways. These podcasts offer everything from classic poetry to the latest contemporary verse, all delivered in a unique and entertaining way. Whether you're a fan of sonnets or slam poetry, these poetry podcasts out there will have you snapping your fingers and nodding your head in appreciation.

Top Poetry Podcasts

Our listeners have taken the liberty of rating the top poetry podcasts for you. So why not add a little flavor to your literary diet and give these poetry podcasts a try? They're the perfect way to add some spice to your day and exercise your brain at the same time.

What's the best poetry podcast right now in 2024?

Goodpods aggregates the best poetry podcasts people are listening to right now. From poetry-favorites to new releases, these shows are guaranteed to be entertaining and informative. Check out the top-rated poetry podcasts in 2024 according to the Goodpods list. Explore our popular categories like Leisure PodcastsComics Podcasts, and Hobbies Podcasts.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are poetry podcasts?

Poetry podcasts are podcasts that explore all aspects of poetry, including the works of famous poets, interviews with poets and poetry experts, discussions of literary techniques and styles, and more. These podcasts can be a great resource for both aspiring and established poets, as well as for anyone who enjoys reading or listening to poetry.

What are some popular poetry podcasts?

Some popular poetry podcasts include "Poem of the Day," "The Poetry Magazine Podcast," "The Poetry Gods," "VS: Poetry Podcast," and "The Slowdown."

How can I find poetry podcasts to listen to?

You can find poetry podcasts on Goodpods by searching with relevant keywords such as "poetry," "spoken word," or "verse." Many poetry podcasts are also recommended or promoted by literary publications or experts.

What are some common topics discussed on poetry podcasts?

Poetry podcasts cover a wide range of topics related to poetry, including the work of specific poets or literary movements, discussions of form and structure, explorations of the role of poetry in society and culture, and more. Some podcasts may also feature live readings or discussions of contemporary poetry.

Can poetry podcasts help me improve my own poetry writing?

Absolutely! Listening to poetry podcasts can be a great way to learn about different styles and techniques of poetry writing, as well as to gain insight into the creative process of other poets. Many poetry podcasts also offer writing prompts or exercises that can help you practice your own poetry-writing skills.

Check out these Poetry Podcasts

Ready Set Blow Podcast

395 Episodes

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Avg Length 81m

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Latest episode 6 days ago

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The Ready Set Blow Podcast is brought to you each and every Wednesday by Randy Valerio. Randy is a LA-based comedian and podcaster originally hailing from Queens, New York

Storykeepers Podcast

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Storykeepers Podcast

28 Episodes

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Avg Length 41m

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Latest episode 10 months ago

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Storykeepers: Let's Talk Indigenous Books is a monthly podcast hosted by Jennifer David and Waubgeshig Rice. Each episode, they're joined by a guest host to discuss books by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors.
FENCE Magazine - Poetry Fiction Essay Other

41 Episodes

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Avg Length 105m

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Latest episode 4 months ago

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With most of the entirety of the published journal's contents read aloud by the authors, the FENCE audiobook/podcast continues to push boundaries in literary publishing. In continuous publication since 1998, Fence is a biannual print journal of poetry, fiction, art, and criticism that redefines the terms of accessibility by publishing challenging writing distinguished by idiosyncrasy and intelligence rather than by allegiance with camps, schools, or cliques. FENCE is committed to publishing from the outside and the inside of established communities of writing, seeking always to interrogate, collaborate with, and bedevil all the systems that bring new writing to light. As a non-profit, Fence is mandated to make decisions outside of the requirements of market force or capital concern, and only in keeping with its mission: to maintain a dedicated venue for writing and art that bears the clear variant mark of the individual’s response to their context; and to make that venue accessible to as many, and as widely, as possible so that this work can reach others, that they may be fully aware of how much is possible in writing and art; such that Fence publishes almost entirely from its unsolicited submissions; and is committed to publishing the literature and art of queer writers and writers of color. All material is (c) Fence Magazine, Incorporated. Fence Magazine's founder and editor-in-chief is Rebecca Wolff.This podcast was compiled and created by Jason Zuzga.

Writing Remix Podcast

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Writing Remix Podcast

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Where We Remix All Things Language

Poets Out Loud

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Poets Out Loud

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Latest episode 3 years ago

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Poets Out Loud is the podcast series of Poetic Justice Institute at Fordham University. We explore the power of poetry to transform the world through acts of imagination and the energy of new language. On this podcast, we will speak to movers and shakers who will help you understand the world around us -- and how to change it.
The Writing University Podcast

130 Episodes

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Avg Length 49m

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Latest episode 6 months ago

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The Writing University podcast features recordings of illuminative craft talks from the renowned writers, novelists, poets, and essayists who present at the Eleventh Hour Lecture Series during the University of Iowa's Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

Grace & Joy!

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Grace & Joy!

55 Episodes

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Avg Length 12m

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Latest episode 2 months ago

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On aliveness and wonder for Sensitives, Empaths, Introverts & Intuitives... for living a heart-centred life.

Uni-Verse Podcast

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Uni-Verse Podcast

64 Episodes

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Avg Length 28m

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Latest episode 4 years ago

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A literary podcast produced by the University of Vienna Creative Writing Society, "Uni-Verse". Formats include interviews with our members, readings of their work and discussion panels on all issues related to writing.
Versify - Poetry and English Literature

37 Episodes

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Avg Length 99m

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Latest episode 5 days ago

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Three genial enthusiasts read and discuss poetry.

Pathetic and Poetic

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Pathetic and Poetic

55 Episodes

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Avg Length 47m

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Latest episode 12 days ago

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'Pathetic and Poetic' is a weekly comedy poetry podcast that steps into the sometimes artistic, sometimes insane, but never boring minds of Natalie Schaffer and Cory Sutter. Each week they decide on a new theme and write original poetry while discussing life as artists, what inspires them, and the terrifying and hilarious world of being in your twenties.Come laugh and write with them every Monday...probabaly.
The Symposium by Plato

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Avg Length 45m

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Latest episode 3 months ago

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The Symposium (Ancient Greek: Συμπόσιον) is a philosophical book written by Plato sometime after 385 BCE. On one level the book deals with the genealogy, nature and purpose of love, on another level the book deals with the topic of knowledge, specifically how does one know what one knows. The topic of love is taken up in the form of a group of speeches, given by a group of men at a symposium or a wine drinking party at the house of the tragedian Agathon at Athens. Plato constructed the Symposium as a story within a story within a story. This architecture creates the space for Plato to build his philosophy of knowledge. The speech of Socrates points out that the highest purpose of Love is to become a Philosopher, or Lover of Wisdom.
The Troubadour Podcast

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Avg Length 66m

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Latest episode 1 month ago

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"It is the honourable characteristic of Poetry that its materials are to be found in every subject which can interest the human mind." William Wordsworth The Troubadour Podcast invites you into a world where art is conversation and conversation is art. The conversations on this show will be with some living people and some dead writers of our past. I aim to make both equally entertaining and educational.In 1798 William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge published Lyrical Ballads, which Wordsworth called an experiment to discover how far the language of everyday conversation is adapted to the purpose of poetic pleasure. With this publication, he set in motion the formal movement called "Romanticism." 220 years later the experiment is continued on this podcast. This podcast seeks to reach those of us who wish to improve our inner world, increase our stores of happiness, and yet not succumb to the mystical or the subjective.Here, in this place of the imagination, you will find many conversation with those humans creating things that interest the human mind.

92Y's Read By

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92Y's Read By

83 Episodes

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Avg Length 13m

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Latest episode 2 years ago

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A new podcast where today’s finest writers read the work that matters to them—from their homes, to yours. Produced and commissioned by the 92nd Street Y's Unterberg Poetry Center, a home for live readings of literature for over 80 years.

Craft

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Craft

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Avg Length 25m

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Latest episode 1 year ago

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One writer, one work, 30 minutes to tell its story. Each month, Craft brings you one international writer telling the story of a single work from its earliest origins to publication on the page. Join them as they discuss the twists and turns of the composition process and reflect on the what of writing alongside the how. Brought to you by Wasafiri Magazine, Queen Mary University of London, and Arts Council England. Hosted by Malachi McIntosh

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The London Arts Review - Theatre, film, art reviews & new music from The Flaneur

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The Flaneur arts and music podcast from http://flaneur.me.uk. Theatre, art, film and more Contribute music or speech: [email protected]
Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

246 Episodes

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Avg Length 2m

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Latest episode 3 months ago

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Two hundred and twelve residents of a small town tell their stories without fear of recrimination or ridicule. The only difference is that they're all dead! The two hundred and forty-four poems that form the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters is really a series of epitaphs about the citizens of a fictional town called Spoon River and deals with the “plain and simple annals” of small town America. Edgar Lee Masters grew up in a small town in Illinois. His father's financial problems forced the young Masters to abandon ideas of college and take up a job instead. Though he continued to study privately, he was compelled to work on a series of dull and uninspiring jobs. Finally, he completed his education in law and set up a law practice in Chicago. His firm did extremely well. For nearly a decade, one of his partners was the legendary lawyer, Clarence Darrow. However, Masters secretly nursed literary ambitions and his first book of verse and several essays were published under the pseudonym of Dexter Wallace. He initially considered writing a novel about his early experiences, but soon gave up the idea. From 1914, he began publishing a series of poems based on his experiences in Lewistown, Illinois, where he spent his childhood. These were published in a St Louis magazine, under another fictitious name, Webster Ford. Finally, in 1915, the entire collection was compiled into a single volume entitled the Spoon River Anthology. In 1930, Masters wrote The Genesis of Spoon River, in which he describes the book's background, its concerns, the conditions in which he wrote and also how it was received by readers. This autobiographical companion piece provides wonderful insight into the workings of the creative mind and is itself a document of great human interest. It allows the reader to have a glimpse of the great humane thinker and compassionate mind that created the Spoon River Anthology. The book was an instant bestseller and found an immediate echo in the hearts of millions of readers from small rural towns and remote little settlements all over America. The poems provide a rare and unconventional view of small town life and shatter quite a few myths that romanticize such an existence. The poems are in free style and the brilliant imagery and evocative turns of phrase make each one of them memorable. Another interesting thing about Spoon River Anthology is that the poems are like separate pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and the reader can put events together to make up the larger picture. Though Masters wrote several more poems, novels and biographies, none became so popular or well-known as the Spoon River Anthology.