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The Poetry Gods are here to show you how to not be wack in 2016 & beyond. Interviews and stories about the people behind the poems. You don't have to love poetry to love the show. Hosted by Aziza Barnes, Jon Sands, and José Olivarez. Artwork by Jess X. Chen. If you dig the show, share the link.

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The Poetry Gods are here to show you how to not be wack in 2016 & beyond. Interviews and stories about the people behind the poems. You don't have to love poetry to love the show. Hosted by Aziza Barnes, Jon Sands, and José Olivarez. Artwork by Jess X. Chen. If you dig the show, share the link.

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Can we get more episodes please. Love this podcast

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127 Ratings
Average Ratings
116
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3
1

Gratitude💜

By beyondbish - Oct 02 2019
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This podcast saved my life!

Love!

By Target mom - Aug 18 2018
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Can we get more episodes please. Love this podcast
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The Poetry Gods

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Rank #1: Episode 3 Featuring Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

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Welcome to Episode 3 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to poet, essayist, and relentless Ohioan Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib about The Revenant and why one would go on a date to go see The Passion Of The Christ, amongst other topics. We also debate the merits of the state of Wyoming. Sorry, Wyoming! We're sure you're wonderful.

Follow The Poetry Gods on Twitter: @thepoetrygods ; @azizabarnes ; @iamjonsands ; @jayohessee.

HANIF WILLIS-ABDURRAQIB'S BIO:
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the editor of Again I Wait For This To Pull Apart, an anthology of poems relating to music, released by Freezeray Press in 2015. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism has been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, and The New York Times. He has been nominated for the pushcart prize, and his poem "Hestia" won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. His first full length collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, is forthcoming in 2016 from Button Poetry / Exploding Pinecone Press. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine.

Additionally, he is a columnist at MTV News, where he writes about music, and fights to get Room Raiders back on the air. He thinks poems can change the world, but really wants to talk to you about music, sports, and sneakers.

Follow Hanif on twitter at @nifmuhammad.

Episode 4 drops on April 12th with Jeanann Verlee! Stay tuned!

Mar 29 2016

1hr 29mins

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Rank #2: Episode 11 Featuring Morgan Parker

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Welcome to Episode 11 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we skip our usual segment of "What's on Your Mind?" to talk about names, phases, brands, publishing, & so much more with genius poet Morgan Parker. As always, you can reach us at emailthepoetrygods@gmail.com. We are looking to book shows for Fall 2016. Bring The Poetry gods to your campus!

MORGAN PARKER BIO:

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize. Her second collection, There Are More Beautiful things than Beyonce, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in February 2017. Morgan received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and her MFA in Poetry from NYU. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in numerous publications, as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not A Painter (Argos Books), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and Best American Poetry 2016. Winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and a Cave Canem graduate fellow, Morgan lives with her dog Braeburn in Brooklyn, NY. She works as an Editor for Amazon Publishing's imprint Little A and Day One. She also teaches Creative Writing at Columbia University and co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico. With poet and performer Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She is a Sagittarius.

Follow Morgan Parker on twitter: @morganapple on instagram: @morganapple0

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Jul 19 2016

1hr 22mins

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Rank #3: Episode 12 Featuring Safia Elhillo

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Welcome to Episode 12 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Safia Elhillo about her writing journey & much more. As always, you can reach us at emailthepoetrygods@gmail.com. We are looking to book shows for Fall 2016. Bring The Poetry gods to your campus!

SAFIA ELHILLO BIO:

Safia Elhillo’s first full-length collection, The January Children, is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press in 2017.
Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, a Cave Canem fellow and poetry editor at Kinfolks Quarterly: a journal of black expression, she received an MFA in poetry at the New School. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. In addition to appearing in several journals and anthologies including “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop,” her work has been translated into Arabic and Greek.
Safia has performed at venues such as TEDxNewYork, the South African State Theatre, the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway, and TV1’s Verses & Flow. She was a founding member of Slam NYU, the 2012 and 2013 national collegiate championship team, and was a three-time member and former coach of the DC Youth Slam Poetry team. She is currently a teaching artist with Split This Rock.

Follow Safia Elhillo on twitter: @mafiasafia on instagram: @safiamafia

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(much thanks to José Ortiz for designing the website! shouts to Jess X Chen for making our logo)

Aug 02 2016

1hr 33mins

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Rank #4: Season 2, Episode 2 Featuring Patricia Smith (Part 1)

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to one of our favorite poets and people, Patricia Smith live from Vassar College about all the books we won't get to read, poetry, music, and beyond. Check out the episode and look out for Part 2 on May 2nd, 2017. As always you can reach us at emailthepoetrygods@gmail.com.

PATRICIA SMITH BIO:
Patricia Smith has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives.” She is the author of seven books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (2017); Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), which won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler (2008), a chronicle of the human and environmental cost of Hurricane Katrina which was nominated for a National Book Award; and Teahouse of the Almighty, a 2005 National Poetry Series selection published by Coffee House Press. Her work has appeared in Poetry, the Paris Review, the New York Times, TriQuarterly, Tin House, The Washington Post, and in both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays.

Her contribution to the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir, which she edited, won the Robert L. Fish Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the best debut story of the year and was chosen for Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Smith also penned the critically acclaimed history Africans in America (1999) and the award-winning children’s book Janna and the Kings (2003).

She is a 2014 Guggenheim fellow, a 2012 fellow at both MacDowell and Yaddo, a two-time Pushcart Prize winner, recipient of a Lannan fellowship and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s history. She is currently working on a biography of Harriet Tubman, a poetry volume combining text and 19th century African-American photos, and a collaborative novel with her husband Bruce DeSilva, the Edgar-Award winning author of the Liam Mulligan crime novels.

Follow Patricia Smith on Twitter and Instagram:
@pswordwoman

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Apr 18 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #5: Episode 9 Featuring Mahogany L. Browne

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Welcome to Episode 9 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, José apologizes to Nas, & we talk extensively about community and creating space with genius poet & organizer Mahogany L. Browne. This is Part 1 of our conversation with Mahogany. We couldn't stop after just an hour, so look out for Part 2 dropping on July 5th. Shout out to the sponsors: Drake! Thank you for the OVO chains. Shouts to SquareSpace-- y'all are not an official sponsor yet, but we're trying to make it happen. Holler at us. As always, you can reach us at emailthepoetrygods@gmail.com.

MAHOGANY L. BROWNE BIO:

The Cave Canem and Poets House alumnae is the author of several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. She has released five LPs including the live album Sheroshima. As co-founder of the Off Broadway poetry production, Jam On It, and co-producer of NYC’s 1st Performance Poetry Festival: SoundBites Poetry Festival, Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word and UK’s MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint & The Feminist Wire. She is anticipating the release of several poetry collections in 2015: Smudge (Button Poetry), Redbone (Willow Books) & the anthology The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket). She is an Urban Word NYC mentor, as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Brown is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator and currently an MFA Candidate for Writing & Activism at Pratt Institute.

Follow Mahogany L. Browne on twitter & instagram: @mobrowne

Follow The Poetry Gods on all social media:
@jayohessee, @azizabarnes, @iamjonsands, @thepoetrygods

& CHECK OUR WEBSITE:
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(much thanks to José Ortiz for designing the website! shouts to Jess X Chen for making our logo)

Jun 21 2016

1hr 26mins

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Rank #6: Season 2, Episode 5 Featuring Aracelis Girmay

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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Aracelis Girmay about poetry, wolves, and more. Check out the episode and let us know what you think. As always you can reach us at emailthepoetrygods@gmail.com.

ARACELIS GIRMAY BIO:

Born and raised in Santa Ana, California, poet Aracelis Girmay earned a BA at Connecticut College and an MFA from New York University. Her poems trace the connections of transformation and loss across cities and bodies.

In her 2011 online chat interview with the Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Girmay discussed innovative and hybrid poetric forms, stating, “I wonder what new explorations of form might have to do with documenting the new and old ways of thinking about power. Of how we’ve been taught to think by our families, institutions, television, computer culture, etc. [….] Perhaps the so-called hybrid poems are about dislocating or splintering the central lens.”

Her poetry collections include Teeth (2007), Kingdom Animalia (2011), and The Black Maria (2016), named a “Top Poetry Pick” by Publisher's Weekly, O Magazine, and Library Journal. She is also the author of the collage-based picture book changing, changing (2005).

In 2011 Girmay was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and in 2015 she received a Whiting Award for Poetry. A Cave Canem Fellow and an Acentos board member, she led youth and community writing workshops. She currently teaches at Hampshire College. She lives in New York City.

Follow Aracelis Girmay on Twitter :
@aracelisxgirmay

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May 30 2017

1hr 31mins

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Rank #7: Episode 6 Featuring Paul Tran

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Welcome to Episode 6 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we introduce a new segment: Unpopular Opinions! What don't we like? Find out & get your Twitter fingers ready!
we talk to poet, educator, and historian Paul Tran! ALSO: on Wednesday, May 10th, The Poetry Gods are hosting a reading by The Breakbeat Poets at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop. If you're in NYC, come hang out with us: http://www.berlspoetry.com/events/2016/5/11/breakbeat-poets-reading-hosted-by-the-poetry-gods-featuring-readings-by-adam-falkner-mahogany-l-browne-idris-goodwin-jos-olivarez-aziza-barnes-nate-marshall-and-special-guests

PAUL TRAN BIO:
Paul Tran is a Vietnamese American historian and spoken word poet.

He is currently the 10th ranked slam poet and top queer Asian American poet in the world. He won “Best Poet” and “Pushing the Art Forward” at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational and represented the Nuyorican Poets Cafe at the 2015 National Poetry Slam, which placed 9th overall.

He has received awards and fellowships from Kundiman, the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, the Asian American Literary Arts & Performance Festival, Poets House Emerging Poets, the Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging LGBTQ Voices, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, Home School Miami, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the Imagining America Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Leadership Alliance & Office of the Senior Vice Provost at Harvard University, the Creative Arts Council & Dean of the College at Brown University, and the Brown-Tougaloo College Partnership.
Follow Paul on twitter & instagram: @speakdeadly

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May 10 2016

1hr 34mins

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Rank #8: Episode 5 Featuring Joshua Bennett

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Welcome to Episode 5 of The Poetry Gods! This episode is brought to you by Robitussin & Vaporub. On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to poet, educator, and doctoral candidate, Joshua Bennett! We talk about Robert Kelly, mammalian solidarity, & more.

JOSHUA BENNETT BIO:
Joshua Bennett is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Princeton University. Winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series, his poems have been published or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Callaloo, New England Review, the Kenyon Review and elsewhere. Penguin Books will publish Joshua’s first collection of poems, The Sobbing School, in 2016.

Follow Joshua on twitter & instagram: @sirjoshbennett

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Apr 26 2016

1hr 9mins

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Rank #9: Season 2, Episode 1 Featuring Tim Seibles

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Welcome to Season 2 of The Poetry Gods! We're back! Thank you to everyone who has been politely and not so politely asking us about when Season 2 would drop. It's here. On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Tim Seibles about the body as embassy for communication, writing poems that are not just diplomatic, and much more. As always you can reach us at emailthepoetrygods@gmail.com.

TIM SEIBLES BIO:
Tim Seibles is the author of several collections of poetry, including Body Moves (1988), Hurdy-Gurdy (1992), Hammerlock (1999), Buffalo Head Solos (2004), and Fast Animal (2012), which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award. His latest book, One Turn Around The Sun, is available now. His work has also been featured in the anthologies In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African American Poetry (1994, edited by E. Ethelbert Miller and Terrance Cummings), Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009, edited by Camille Dungy), and Best American Poetry (2010, edited by Amy Gerstler).

Seibles’ honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, as well as an Open Voice Award from the National Writers Voice Project. In 2013 he received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for poetry. He has taught at Old Dominion University, the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program, and at Cave Canem.

Seibles lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Apr 04 2017

1hr 22mins

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Rank #10: Episode 10 Featuring Mahogany L. Browne PART 2

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Welcome to Episode 10 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk about language, whiteness, community, and much much more. This is part two of our conversation with genius poet, educator, organizer Mahogany L. Browne. If you missed part one, you should go back and catch up. As always, you can reach us at emailthepoetrygods@gmail.com.

MAHOGANY L. BROWNE BIO:

The Cave Canem and Poets House alumnae is the author of several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. She has released five LPs including the live album Sheroshima. As co-founder of the Off Broadway poetry production, Jam On It, and co-producer of NYC’s 1st Performance Poetry Festival: SoundBites Poetry Festival, Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word and UK’s MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint & The Feminist Wire. She is anticipating the release of several poetry collections in 2015: Smudge (Button Poetry), Redbone (Willow Books) & the anthology The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket). She is an Urban Word NYC mentor, as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Brown is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator and currently an MFA Candidate for Writing & Activism at Pratt Institute.

Follow Mahogany L. Browne on twitter & instagram: @mobrowne

Follow The Poetry Gods on all social media:
@jayohessee, @azizabarnes, @iamjonsands, @thepoetrygods

& CHECK OUR WEBSITE:
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(much thanks to José Ortiz for designing the website! shouts to Jess X Chen for making our logo)

Jul 05 2016

1hr 6mins

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