Poetry Lectures

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.

21:39:27 2015-11-23
Malena Mörling and Jonas Ellerström discuss Swedish poetry and the challenges of translation, and they read some poems in both Swedish and English from their anthology, The Star By My Head.
21:40:10 2015-11-03
Christopher Merrill speaks with Harris Khalique about literary traditions in Pakistan, the cultural influences of different cities, and the important role of women in Pakistani literature.
21:37:26 2014-02-20
Kwame Dawes speaks with Matthew Shenoda about Shenoda's poetry and identity as an Egyptian American, and the poetry of the African diaspora.
21:34:05 2013-12-11
South African poet Gabeba Baderoon speaks with Matthew Shenoda about poetry and apartheid in South Africa.
21:43:17 2013-11-19
American poet Kevin Young talks to Les Murray about Australian poetry and culture.
21:44:46 2013-10-17
Burmese poet Zeyar Lynn and English poet and translator James Byrne speak with Ilya Kaminsky about poetry from Burma.
21:32:14 2013-09-18
Irish poets Patrick Cotter and Matthew Sweeney discuss the history and current state of Irish poetry.
21:42:57 2013-08-13
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.
21:28:07 2013-07-08
Italian poet Patrizia Cavalli and American poet Geoffrey Brock speak with Ilya Kaminsky about Contemporary Italian Poetry and translation.
21:29:50 2013-06-10
Vera Pavlova from Russia and Valzhyna Mort from Belurus speak with the director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, Ilya Kaminsky.
21:56:39 2013-05-17
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 voc...
21:39:58 2013-04-18
Egyptian-American writer Matthew Shenoda speaks with poet Kwame Dawes about African poetics, reggae, and poetry of the African diaspora.
21:40:57 2013-03-11
Polish poet Adam Zagajewski talks to American translator Clare Cavanaugh and Ilya Kaminsky about contemporary Polish poetry.
21:37:56 2013-02-15
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 ...
21:37:44 2013-01-14
Fady Joudah and Ghassan Zaqtan discuss Palestinian poetry with Ilya Kaminsky.
21:49:19 2012-12-07
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 participan...
21:50:48 2012-11-09
German poet Jan Wagner discusses some of the major German poets of the twentieth century with Ilya Kaminsky
22:16:41 2012-10-19
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.
21:44:17 2012-09-12
American poet Katie Ford talks to Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail about how the experience of natural and human disasters inform their work.
21:53:46 2012-06-20
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, Harvar...
21:35:30 2012-05-18
Macedonian poet Nikola Madzirov and Ilya Kaminsky discuss the poetics of war and its aftermath, and the nature of memory and rediscovering.
21:51:26 2012-04-17
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.
21:45:18 2012-03-21
The Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute hosts a conversation between Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Linda Hogan, and Sherwin Bitsui.
21:39:08 2012-02-15
Kwame Dawes reads poems from four of his books at the Art Institute of Chicago in January 2008.
21:31:23 2012-01-11
A conversation between Chilean poet Raúl Zurita and American poet Forrest Gander.
21:36:02 2011-12-16
Rita Dove speaking at the Key West Literary Seminar.
21:37:00 2011-11-16
The Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute hosts Aleš Šteger who reads from his works and talks about poetry in Slovenia.
21:47:23 2011-09-14
Poet Philip Levine reads from his own work.
21:27:18 2011-06-20
The second half of a 2008 reading featuring four Latino poets, as part of the American Perspectives series at the Art Institute of Chicago.
21:39:18 2011-05-18
The first half of a 2008 reading featuring four Latino poets, as part of the American Perspectives series at the Art Institute of Chicago.
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