By Avren Keating
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This is a podcast in which I, a lonesome transbaby, interview my contemporaries in trans and genderqueer poetry in order to better understand their literary contributions.
||ExplicitInterview with Chely Lima||This month I got to speak with Chely Lima and Margaret Randall, the translator for his new collection of poetry What the Werewolf Told Them/ Le que los dijo el licantropo. Chely Lima is a queer Cuban-American writer who has published numerous books...||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with H. Melt||This month I had the opportunity to interview H. Melt about the anthology they've just edited: Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation. H. Melt is a poet, activist, and educator whose work proudly celebrates Chicago’s queer...||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Venus Selenite||This month, I had the pleasure of meeting Venus Selenite in person while she started her first leg of her #RehabYearTour. Venus is a Bettering American Poetry 2016 nominee, a 2017 Pink Door Fellow, and one of the most notable trans women of color...||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Raquel Salas Rivera||This month I speak with Raquel Salas Rivera from their residence in Puerto Rico. Raquel Salas Rivera es una poeta, traductora, ensayista y educadora puertorriqueña que vive y trabaja en Filadelfia. Ha publicado poemas, traducciones y ensayos en...||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Kenyatta JP Garcia||I got to talk on the phone with poet Kenyatta JP Garcia and their most recent collection Slow Living. Kenyatta JP Garcia is the author of They Say, Slow Living and ROBOT. JP was raised in Brooklyn but currently resides in Albany, N.Y. where they...||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Julian Shendelman||In this interview, I get to talk IN-PERSON with Julian Shendelman about his new chapbook, Dead Dad Club (Nomadic Press, 2017). Julian Shendelman has a weird looking dog (part fawn, part fruit bat) and a nice Jewish boyfriend. After 10 years of...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Ching-In Chen||This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Ching-In about their recent publication, recombinant. We got to talk about archive, language, history, and gender. Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi...||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Tyler Vile||While I was on the East Coast to attend/table AWP, Tyler Vile and I got the chance to meet up with each other in D.C.'s Green Lantern bar to talk poetry and punk. The photo for this month's episode was taken just after our interview. Tyler Vile...||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Aristilde Kirby||It was such a gift to speak with emerging-talent Aristilde Kirby for this month's episode! Aristilde Kirby is a twenty-five year old lesbian trans-woman poet and songsmith originally from Bronx, NY, but now resides from Carrollton, GA. She is a UGA...||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Jayy Dodd||This month’s interview is with none other than Jayy Dodd! In this episode we talk about their work in other genres of art and critique, compensation for labor, and their newest chapbook, [sugar in the tank]. [sugar in the tank] can be found...||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Vita E. Cleveland||I am so honored to get to speak with Vita E. Cleveland about her recent chapbook Dedications. The conversation, of course, wanders toward her percussion expertise, musings on art's intersection with activism, slut shaming in activist circles, and...||10/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Jay Besemer||In this month's episode, Jay Besemer and I talk about his recent book, Chelate, along with other topics, including: living with chronic illness, our relationship with nature, sci-fi, poetry comics, and time. Books and things mentioned in this...||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Cameron Awkward-Rich||In this episode I talk with Cameron Awkward-Rich about his approaches to poetry and theory, and the poetry in his new book Sympathetic Little Monster. Cameron has published poems in The Journal, cream city review, Muzzle Magazine, Hobart, The Seattle...||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Jai Arun Ravine||Jai Arun Ravine talks to me about their newest book, The Romance of Siam, just released from Timeless, Infinite Light. We talk about their use of humor in critiquing orientalism, the tourist industry in Thailand, and their process as an...||7/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Zoe Tuck||In this episode I get to talk to Zoe Tuck in a coffee shop in Oakland. We discuss speculative fiction, the second wave feminism she navigated during her coming of age years, spirituality, trans identities and collective memory, and more. Zoe's...||5/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with the Editors of "Vetch"||In this episode I have the pleasure of interviewing the current editors of Vetch: A Magazine of Trans Poetry and Poetics: Kay Gabriel, Stephen Ira, Liam O'Brien and Rylee Lyman. We talk about their approaches to putting the journal together,...||5/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Joy Ladin||In this interview I get a chance to talk with Joy Ladin. We talk about her latest book Impersonation, how her relationship to poetic language changed as she transitioned, the use of persona in poetry, the early Modernists, and trends in trans &...||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview with Loma||Today's show features a conversation between Loma and me about the government influence on poetry, the boundaries of a poem between other objects and being, poetry & activism, struggling with how to write poetry about domestic abuse,...||2/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Amir Rabiyah||In this interview I am in conversation with poet and activist Amir Rabiyah. This is the first episode of "Waves Breaing," a podcast in which I, a lonesome transbaby, interview my contemporaries in trans and genderqueer poetry. Help out...||1/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Avren and crew are doing superimportant work in exalting the voices of trans and GQ writers. I've never heard anything like it before. I'm very happy that this exists and hope that it continues. I've never been a podcast person but Waves Breaking is becoming a staple in my quotidian life every time it drops because it usually turns me on to a new writer that I'm always more interested in by the end of the episode.
Avren has a phenomenally sexy voice. Like, please, someone give Avren my number. But yeah, good podcasts have show hosts with voices that'll keep your attention, and I think we've got one here. Avren also has great taste in poets and knows how to draw out their passions and personalities. I don't listen to many podcasts because too many wind up feeling monotonous when it comes to content, delivery and sound. This podcast however is one I keep finding myself coming back to
A Vital Cultural Reference
I suspect this series in time will come to be viewed as a vital cultural reference. Keating demonstrates a level of preparation and knowledge that does great justice to the talented poets with whom they have chose to converse. Warm and empathic yet served by a keen and incisive intellect these interviews serve as a remarkable introduction to the work and thinking of established and up and coming transgender poets. I strongly doubt you will view time listening to this podcast as anything other than time very well spent indeed.