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Interesting People Reading Poetry is a short, sound-rich podcast where artists and luminaries read a favorite poem and share what it means to them. Created by Andy & Brendan Stermer.

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Interesting People Reading Poetry is a short, sound-rich podcast where artists and luminaries read a favorite poem and share what it means to them. Created by Andy & Brendan Stermer.

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Interesting people, moving poetry

By Maryka21 - Dec 20 2018
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Such wonderful poems, people, and discussions. The best poetry podcast I have found! Thank you!!

Continues to impress

By qipipo - Aug 04 2018
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The Stermer brothers continue to impress with their latest episodes of IPRP. Keep them coming!

iTunes Ratings

46 Ratings
Average Ratings
40
3
0
1
2

Interesting people, moving poetry

By Maryka21 - Dec 20 2018
Read more
Such wonderful poems, people, and discussions. The best poetry podcast I have found! Thank you!!

Continues to impress

By qipipo - Aug 04 2018
Read more
The Stermer brothers continue to impress with their latest episodes of IPRP. Keep them coming!

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Interesting People Reading Poetry

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Interesting People Reading Poetry is a short, sound-rich podcast where artists and luminaries read a favorite poem and share what it means to them. Created by Andy & Brendan Stermer.

Rank #1: DJ Rekha Reads Audre Lorde

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In this episode, DJ Rekha reads “A Litany for Survival” by Audre Lorde and discusses dancing as an antidote to fear. DJ Rekha is a producer, curator, and educator based in New York City. Her classic debut album, DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra, was released in 2007. Her monthly party, Basement Bhangra, ran from 1997 to the summer of 2017 – making it one of the most influential and longest continuously running parties in NYC history.

“A Litany for Survival” by Audrey Lorde appears in The Black Unicorn, published by W.W. Norton & Company.

Keep up with DJ Rekha on Twitter, Facebook, and at djrekha.com.

We feature one listener haiku at the end of every episode. To submit, call the Haiku Hotline at 612-440-0643 and read your poem after the beep. For the occasional prompt, follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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https://radiopublic.com/interesting-people-reading-poetry-60aNDL/ep/s1!51059#t=1

Apr 16 2018

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Rank #2: Songwriter Gaelynn Lea Reads E. E. Cummings

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In this episode Gaelynn Lea reads “53” by E.E. Cummings and discusses the importance of acknowledging the duality of light and darkness in life. Lea is a folk singer, disability advocate, and the winner of the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Contest. The music in this interview is from Lea’s album, The Songs We Sing Along the Way. Her latest album is Learning How to Stay.

“53” by E. E. Cummings appears in the collection 100 Selected Poems from Grove Press.

Keep up with Gaelynn Lea on Facebook, Twitter, and violinscratches.com.

As always, the Haiku Hotline (612-440-0643) is open for your short poems and poetic musings.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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https://radiopublic.com/interesting-people-reading-poetry-60aNDL/ep/s1!64ba3#t=2

Sep 18 2017

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Rank #3: Comedian Mary Mack Reads Roald Dahl

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In this episode, comedian Mary Mack reads “Attention Please! Attention Please!” by Roald Dahl. Mack is a nationally touring stand-up comic, beloved for her singular oddball folk humor. She’s been on Conan and WTF with Marc Maron. Her latest album is Ms. Taco Man.

“Attention Please! Attention Please!” by Roald Dahl appears in the book Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, published by Puffin Books.

Keep up with Mary Mack on Facebook, Twitter, and marymackcomedy.com.

As always, the Haiku Hotline (612-440-0643) is open for your short poems and poetic musings.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Oct 16 2017

13mins

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Rank #4: Entomologist Marla Spivak Reads Rumi

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In this episode, entomologist Dr. Marla Spivak reads “When Grapes Turn to Wine” by Rumi and discusses how Rumi can teach us to “think like bee.” Dr. Spivak is a MacArthur “genius” Fellow known for her groundbreaking research on bee behavior and biology.

“When Grapes Turn to Wine” by Rumi, translated by Robert Bly, appears in the book If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems, published by University of Minnesota Press. A portion of all proceeds from the book are donated to support research at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab.

We feature one listener haiku at the end of every episode. To submit, call the Haiku Hotline at 612-440-0643 and read your poem after the beep. For the occasional prompt, follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

Subscribe on RadioPubliciTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher.

Oct 23 2018

10mins

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Rank #5: Attorney Nekima Levy-Pounds Reads Maya Angelou

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In this episode, Nekima Levy-Pounds reads “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and discusses the strength she draws from the resilience of her ancestors. Pounds is a decorated attorney, ordained Reverend, and former president of the Minneapolis NAACP.

“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou appears in the collection And Still I Rise, published by Random House.

Keep up with Dr. Pounds on Twitter and nekimalevypounds.com.

As always, the Haiku Hotline (612-440-0643) is open for your short poems and poetic musings.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Oct 09 2017

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Rank #6: Chris Koza & Malena Handeen: Live!

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We’re celebrating the last episode of our first season with a special double feature, recorded live at Java River Cafe in Montevideo, Minnesota. Our guests are Chris Koza and Malena Handeen.

Chris Koza is the frontman of the Americana rock band Rogue Valley. In this interview, he reads a poem by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith that helped inspire his new side project, Nobody Kid.

Malena Handeen is a painter, songwriter, and organic vegetable farmer based in Western Minnesota. In this episode, she reads a poem by Tyehimba Jess and discusses how the weather affects her creative life.

Later on, members of our audience participate in our first ever live Haiku Hotline.

“The Museum of Obsolescence” by Tracy K. Smith appears in the book Life on Mars, published by Graywolf Press. “What the Wind, Rain and Thunder Said to Tom” by Tyehimba Jess appears in the book Olio, published by Wave Books.

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Oct 30 2017

16mins

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Rank #7: Activist Waziyatawin Reads John Trudell

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In this episode, Waziyatawin reads “Cry Your Tears” by John Trudell (pictured above) and explores the complexities of solidarity. Waziyatawin is a leading Dakota intellectual, activist, and the executive director of Makoce Ikikcupi, a non-profit dedicated to Dakota land recovery. Her influential book, What Does Justice Look Like? is available from Living Justice Press.

“Cry Your Tears,” by John Trudell, appears in his collection, Lines From a Mined Mind, © 2008, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, CO. The music in this interview is excerpted from Trudell’s song “Cry Your Tears,” from the album Madness and the Moremes.

As always, the Haiku Hotline (612-440-0643) is open for your short poems and poetic musings.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Sep 04 2017

13mins

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Rank #8: Chef Amy Thielen Reads Jim Harrison

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In this episode, Amy Thielen reads “Death Again” by Jim Harrison and explores the relationship between great food and great literature. Amy Thielen is a chef and two-time James Beard Award-winning writer. She’s the author of The New Midwestern Table (a cookbook) and Give a Girl a Knife (a memoir). She’s also the host of Heartland Table on Food Network.

“Death Again” by Jim Harrison appears in Songs of Unreason, published by Copper Canyon Press.

Keep up with Amy Thielen on Twitter, Facebook, and at amythielen.com.

We feature one listener haiku at the end of every episode. To submit, call the Haiku Hotline at 612-440-0643 and read your poem after the beep. For the occasional prompt, follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

Subscribe on RadioPubliciTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher.

https://radiopublic.com/interesting-people-reading-poetry-60aNDL/ep/s1!21249

May 21 2018

10mins

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Rank #9: Representative Ilhan Omar Reads Warsan Shire

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In this episode, U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar reads “Conversations about home (at the deportation centre)” by Warsan Shire and reflects on the many meanings of home. On November 6, 2018, Omar became the first Somali American, and one of the first two Muslim women elected to U.S. Congress. She represents Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. This interview was recorded in 2017, when Omar was still serving in the Minnesota State House of Representatives.

“Conversations about home (at the deportation centre),” by Warsan Shire, appears in the pamphlet, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, from Flipped Eye Publishing.

Keep up with Ilhan Omar on TwitterFacebook, and ilhanomar.com.

As always, the Haiku Hotline (612-440-0643) is open for your short poems and poetic musings.

Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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https://radiopublic.com/interesting-people-reading-poetry-60aNDL/ep/s1!a9e40

Jan 14 2019

11mins

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Rank #10: Novelist Chris Kraus Reads Steve Levine

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In this episode, writer Chris Kraus reads “Miserable Life” by Steve Levine and discusses how New York School poetry influenced the development of her distinctive style. Kraus is the author of I Love Dick (now an Amazon Original Series) and, most recently, After Kathy Acker.

“Miserable Life” is used by permission from To and For (Coffee House Press, 1992). Copyright © 1992 by Steve Levine.

Keep up with Chris Kraus’ latest releases at Semiotext(e).

We feature one listener haiku at the end of every episode. To submit, call the Haiku Hotline at 612-440-0643 and read your poem after the beep. For the occasional prompt, follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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Jun 18 2018

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