By Nashville Public Radio
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Versify is part storytelling and part poetry. It begins by sending our team of poets out into neighborhoods and to community events, where we invite people to share a story from their life. The person they are sharing it to — the person listening — is one of our poets. This is where the magic comes in. The poet listens intently and then turns that life story into a poem, on the spot.
||Explicit16: Acknowledgment of Paternity for a Child Born to an Unmarried Woman||Amelia and Mark share the story of their intense uncertainty about having their first child. Susannah Felts turns it into poetry.||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: How They Met||Though she admits it’s a bit cliché, Marcia Barker shares the story of an unlikely first encounter with a handsome stranger named Brent, and a resulting romance full of jetsetting, serendipity and suspicion.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Insider's Guide To Prayer||When Mark Lemley was 17, he had a near-death experience that fundamentally altered his outlook on life: a car accident that has haunted him for 24 years, and he wasn't even the one in the car.||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: The Thread Stretched Between Us||They say you should never go into business with family — but for Craig Fernandes, starting a patriotic clothing company with his son Brady has actually brought the two of them closer together.||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: A Hurricane, A Wedding, And A Flood||For Betty and Raul Malo, lead singer of country band the Mavericks, their romantic life has been punctuated by a series of severe storms.||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: The Blood Tie||Emily Tan comes from generations of immigrants and refugees. She speaks with poet Destiny Birdsong about her journey to reconnect with relatives both past and present.||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Soon: Versify, Season 2||In our second season of Versify, we bring you moments of impact: those times when our storytellers’ lives were changed forever. Decisive moments, pivotal shifts, and even brushes with death.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Learning To Fight||To close out our first season, we’re gonna take you through some of the first poems and conversations that inspired us to make this show.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: The Crash, The Rock, It Sings||An act of intimidation encourages a woman to run for office — and the story she shares is turned into poetry.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Sometimes It's The Simple Things||For Eloise Briscoe, raising two daughters hasn’t been about splashy gestures, but more “the simple things” — an approach gleaned from the long line of women in her family.||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: It Wasn't The Fun Way||More than most people, Ben Groner feels pretty lucky to be alive — and that’s because his life is the result of some pretty remarkable choices. In this episode, Ben tells poet Megan Smith about his parents’ unlikely love story, how he and his twin||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6: People Will Surprise You||Ask anyone about their neighbors and they’ll likely have a strong opinion to share. This week, Versify’s team of poets sit down with strangers to hear stories about neighbors and neighborhoods. They discover unusual recollections and moments of cama||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Don’t Try This at Home||Ambushed by a menacing dog, Nashville physics teacher (and standup comedian) Bob Clark taps into some unconventional wisdom in his attempt to flee. Bob slyly reveals his story to poet Destiny Birdsong. She’s caught off guard, but weaves the compelli||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4: It Is Not What Is Written On Your Tombstone||For much of her life, Ali Russell has been uncertain about religion. Even as a little girl, she’d ask her parents, “How do we know we’re worshiping the right God?” She even had a Jesus dream that still lingers with her today. In this episode, Al||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3: Bone Deep||Serg Rodriguez hasn’t seen his family in years. He was excommunicated by their church and grew apart from his parents and siblings. But now as a writer in Nashville, his little sister is never far from his mind.||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Why We Will Never Forget April 1994||Ebralie Mwizerwa is a mother of five, an accountant, a devoted church-goer — and a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. She fled with her family while pregnant and now runs a nonprofit that assists incoming refugee families in Nashville, Tennessee.||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: There's No Cure||Fred Bailey grew up blind on a farm in Gallatin, Tennessee — except he didn’t actually know he was blind at first.||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSneak Peek: Versify Season One||In the newest podcast from Nashville Public Radio, The Porch writers’ collective, and PRX, people tell life stories and hear writers turn their words into poetry. We launch on Aug. 24 with three episodes.||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Soon: Versify||Here's a sneak peak of Versify, a new podcast from Nashville Public Radio launching in the summer of 2017||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
So excellent! Highly recommend!
Stories of connection and joy
Wow. Each so moving. Poetry as a service, what a concept!!!!