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Talks given by notable scholars and critics on poets, poetry, and their intersections with other art forms. Features recordings from historic archives and live events.
||International Poets in Conversation: Matthew Shenoda||Kwame Dawes speaks with Matthew Shenoda about Shenoda's poetry and identity as an Egyptian American, and the poetry of the African diaspora.||2/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||International Poets in Conversation: Gabeba Baderoon||South African poet Gabeba Baderoon speaks with Matthew Shenoda about poetry and apartheid in South Africa.||12/10/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Les Murray: International Poets in Conversation||American poet Kevin Young talks to Les Murray about Australian poetry and culture.||11/18/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Zeyar Lynn: International Poets in Conversation||Burmese poet Zeyar Lynn and English poet and translator James Byrne speak with Ilya Kaminsky about poetry from Burma.||10/16/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Patrick Cotter & Matthew Sweeney: International Poets in Conversation||Irish poets Patrick Cotter and Matthew Sweeney discuss the history and current state of Irish poetry.||9/17/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chris Abani: International Poets in Conversation||Matthew Shenoda talks with Chris Abani about poetry in Nigeria, the oral and religious traditions in African poetry, and the one-sided conversation between African and European poets.||8/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Patrizia Cavalli: International Poets in Conversation||Italian poet Patrizia Cavalli and American poet Geoffrey Brock speak with Ilya Kaminsky about Contemporary Italian Poetry and translation.||7/7/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Vera Pavlova & Valzhyna Mort: International Poets in Conversation||Vera Pavlova from Russia and Valzhyna Mort from Belurus speak with the director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, Ilya Kaminsky.||6/9/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Simon Ortiz||Native American poet Simon Ortiz reads at the University of Arizona in 1975. The recording is used with permission of the University of Arizona Poetry Center and Simon Ortiz. The full recording, and many others, are permanently available on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library.||5/16/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kwame Dawes: International Poets in Conversation||Egyptian-American writer Matthew Shenoda speaks with poet Kwame Dawes about African poetics, reggae, and poetry of the African diaspora.||4/17/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Adam Zagajewski: International Poets in Conversation||Polish poet Adam Zagajewski talks to American translator Clare Cavanaugh and Ilya Kaminsky about contemporary Polish poetry.||3/10/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robin Blaser||Robin Blaser talks at "The Recovery of the Public World" Conference—devoted to his poetry—at the University of British Columbia in June 1995. The recording of this program is used by permission of the Bennett Library Special Collections and Rare Books, Simon Fraser University; and the Estate of Robin Blaser.||2/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ghassan Zaqtan: International Poets in Conversation||Fady Joudah and Ghassan Zaqtan discuss Palestinian poetry with Ilya Kaminsky.||1/13/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Oral History Initiative: On Elizabeth Bishop||An informal conversation remembering the life and work of Elizabeth Bishop, with Lloyd Schwartz, Frank Bidart, Rosanna Warren, Gail Mazur, and Megan Marshall. Conducted at Harvard University in March 2012, and used by permission of the participants and the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard College Library. To see the event video, click here.||12/6/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jan Wagner: International Poets in Conversation||German poet Jan Wagner discusses some of the major German poets of the twentieth century with Ilya Kaminsky||11/8/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dark Room Collective||A reunion of the Dark Room Collective at the Poetry Foundation in April 2012. This reading features Nehassaiu deGannes, John Keene, Kevin Young, Sharan Strange, Major Jackson, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and Natasha Trethewey.||10/18/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dunya Mikhail: International Poets in Conversation||American poet Katie Ford talks to Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail about how the experience of natural and human disasters inform their work.||9/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Oral History Initiative: On Frank O'Hara||An informal conversation between poets John Ashbery and Ron Padgett, remembering the life of Frank O'Hara. Conducted at Harvard University in April 2011, and used by permission of Ron Padgett, John Ashbery, and the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard College Library. To see the event video, click here.||6/19/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nikola Madzirov: International Poets in Conversation||Macedonian poet Nikola Madzirov and Ilya Kaminsky discuss the poetics of war and its aftermath, and the nature of memory and rediscovering.||5/17/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Poetry and Piano||Poets Reginald Gibbons, Rachel Jamison Webster, Christina Pugh, and Ed Roberson are accompanied on piano by Mabel Kwan and Ari Brown. Recorded in April 2011, recording courtesy of WBEZ Chicago Amplified.||4/16/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Three Native American Poets||The Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute hosts a conversation between Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Linda Hogan, and Sherwin Bitsui.||3/20/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kwame Dawes||Kwame Dawes reads poems from four of his books at the Art Institute of Chicago in January 2008.||2/14/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Raúl Zurita: International Poets in Conversation||A conversation between Chilean poet Raúl Zurita and American poet Forrest Gander.||1/10/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rita Dove||Rita Dove speaking at the Key West Literary Seminar.||12/15/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Aleš Šteger: International Poets in Conversation||The Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute hosts Aleš Šteger who reads from his works and talks about poetry in Slovenia.||11/15/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
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