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Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast

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Hear from the editors of Poets & Writers Magazine as they offer a behind-the-scenes preview of each new issue, talk with contributors and authors featured in the magazine, share readings of new work by a variety of poets and writers, and discuss all things writing, books, and the literary community.

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Hear from the editors of Poets & Writers Magazine as they offer a behind-the-scenes preview of each new issue, talk with contributors and authors featured in the magazine, share readings of new work by a variety of poets and writers, and discuss all things writing, books, and the literary community.

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33 Ratings
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By Daveiii - Oct 25 2019
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Really great podcast that has its finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary lit. I highly recommend checking it out!

The podcast I didn’t know I needed

By Regardingsamuel.com - Apr 22 2019
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I’m so glad I found this. Hands down my new favorite podcast. Thank you.

iTunes Ratings

33 Ratings
Average Ratings
27
3
1
2
0

& is an A+

By Daveiii - Oct 25 2019
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Really great podcast that has its finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary lit. I highly recommend checking it out!

The podcast I didn’t know I needed

By Regardingsamuel.com - Apr 22 2019
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I’m so glad I found this. Hands down my new favorite podcast. Thank you.
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Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast

Latest release on Jun 10, 2020

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Hear from the editors of Poets & Writers Magazine as they offer a behind-the-scenes preview of each new issue, talk with contributors and authors featured in the magazine, share readings of new work by a variety of poets and writers, and discuss all things writing, books, and the literary community.

Rank #1: Dispatch by Cameron Awkward-Rich

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Cameron Awkward-Rich reads from his second poetry collection, Dispatch.

Dec 10 2019

4mins

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Rank #2: Arias by Sharon Olds

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Sharon Olds reads “Meeting a Stranger” from her poetry collection Arias, published by Alfred A. Knopf in October.

Oct 09 2019

2mins

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Rank #3: Cleanness by Garth Greenwell

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Garth Greenwell reads from his novel-in-stories, Cleanness.

Dec 10 2019

4mins

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Rank #4: Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

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Helen Oyeyemi reads from her new novel, Gingerbread, published in March by Riverhead Books. Audio excerpted courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio.

Mar 05 2019

6mins

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Rank #5: Everything Must Go by Kevin Coval

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Kevin Coval reads “Rudy” and “Everything Must Go” from his poetry collection Everything Must Go, published in October by Haymarket Books. Illustrated by Langston Allston.

Oct 09 2019

3mins

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Rank #6: Ampersand Episode 17: Jane Hirshfield, Kaveh Akbar, Layli Long Soldier

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Poets Kaveh Akbar, Eve Ewing, and Layli Long Soldier read from their debut books; Jane Hirshfield on reconnecting to your writing; Steve Almond on unlikable characters; Jay Baron Nicorvo on writing and post-traumatic stress disorder; and more.

Dec 13 2017

34mins

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Rank #7: Little Envelope of Earth Conditions by Cori A. Winrock

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Cori A. Winrock reads from her poetry collection Little Envelope of Earth Conditions.

Dec 10 2019

2mins

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Rank #8: Ampersand Episode 11: Colson Whitehead, Roxane Gay, Debut Poets

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Colson Whitehead on his National Book Award–winning novel, The Underground Railroad, and writing after the election. Plus readings by Roxane Gay, Ocean Vuong, Safiya Sinclair, and Tommy Pico.

Dec 14 2016

38mins

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Rank #9: Ampersand Episode 12: George Saunders, Patricia Smith, Juan Felipe Herrera

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George Saunders on his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo; U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on the importance of poetry in the current political climate; Patricia Smith and Elena Passarello read from their new books.

Feb 15 2017

31mins

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Rank #10: Ampersand Episode 21: Ada Limón, Rebecca Solnit

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Ada Limón reads from her new poetry collection, The Carrying; Rebecca Solnit reads from her new essay collection, Call Them by Their True Names.

Aug 15 2018

22mins

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Rank #11: Ampersand Episode 20: Lauren Groff, Terrance Hayes, A. M. Homes

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Lauren Groff reads from her new book, Florida; Terrance Hayes reads from American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin; plus readings by Hanif Abdurraqib and A. M. Homes.

Jun 13 2018

31mins

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Rank #12: Ampersand Episode 16: David Sedaris, Clint Smith, Victoria Chang

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David Sedaris reads from Theft by Finding; Clint Smith reads from his profile of Kevin Young; Kiki Petrosino reads from her poetry collection Witch Wife; Victoria Chang reads from her poetry collection Barbie Chang; and more.

Oct 11 2017

28mins

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Rank #13: Ampersand Episode 19: Leslie Jamison, Carmen Giménez Smith, Leesa Cross-Smith

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Leslie Jamison reads from her new book, The Recovering; Leesa Cross-Smith on writing quiet books; new poetry by Carmen Giménez Smith and Jenny Xie.

Apr 10 2018

38mins

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Rank #14: A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar

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Audio excerpted courtesy Penguin Random House Audio from A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar, narrated by Sophie Amoss.

Jul 01 2019

9mins

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Rank #15: Bodega by Su Hwang

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Su Hwang reads “Show Me Where It Hurts” from her debut poetry collection, Bodega, published in October by Milkweed Editions.

Oct 09 2019

3mins

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Rank #16: Ampersand Episode 10: Michael Chabon & Brit Bennett

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Michael Chabon on his new novel, Moonglow; readings by Brit Bennett and devorah major; Shakespearean Sonnets in the streets of NYC; and more.

Oct 11 2016

37mins

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Rank #17: Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison

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Leslie Jamison reads from her new essay collection, Make It Scream, Make It Burn, published in September by Little, Brown.

Sep 03 2019

4mins

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Rank #18: Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s by Tiffany Midge

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Tiffany Midge reads “An Open Letter to White Girls Regarding Pumpkin Spice and Cultural Appropriation,” from her memoir Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s, published in October by Bison Books.

Oct 09 2019

3mins

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Rank #19: Ampersand Episode 23: Ross Gay, Justin Phillip Reed, Fatimah Asghar

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Ross Gay reads from The Book of Delights; debut poets Justin Phillip Reed, Fatimah Asghar, José Olivarez, and Analicia Sotelo read from their collections; Cowboy Poetry; and more.

Dec 12 2018

31mins

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Rank #20: Bell I Wake To by Patty Crane

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Patty Crane reads from her debut poetry collection, Bell I Wake To.

Dec 10 2019

2mins

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Pricks in the Tapestry by Jameson Fitzpatrick

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Pricks in the Tapestry by Jameson Fitzpatrick by Poets & Writers

Jun 10 2020

1min

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This Is One Way to Dance by Sejal Shah

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This Is One Way to Dance by Sejal Shah by Poets & Writers

Jun 10 2020

3mins

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F*ckface by Leah Hampton

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F*ckface by Leah Hampton by Poets & Writers

Jun 10 2020

4mins

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A Burning by Megha Majumdar

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Audio excerpted courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio from A Burning by Megha Majumdar, narrated by Vikas Adam, Priya Ayyar, Deepti Gupta, Ulka Mohanty, Soneela Nankani and Neil Shah.

Jun 10 2020

5mins

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Descent by Lauren Russell

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Descent by Lauren Russell by Poets & Writers

Jun 10 2020

1min

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Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino

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Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino by Poets & Writers

Jun 10 2020

5mins

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Mercy: A Memoir of Medical Trauma and True Crime Obsessions by Marcia Trahan

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Mercy: A Memoir of Medical Trauma and True Crime Obsessions by Marcia Trahan by Poets & Writers

Jun 10 2020

3mins

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Seeing the Body by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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Seeing the Body by Rachel Eliza Griffiths by Poets & Writers

Jun 10 2020

2mins

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Tea by the Sea by Donna Hemans

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Tea by the Sea by Donna Hemans by Poets & Writers

Jun 10 2020

5mins

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Other People's Pets by RL Maizes

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Other People's Pets by RL Maizes by Poets & Writers

Jun 10 2020

5mins

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After Rubén by Francisco Aragon

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After Rubén by Francisco Aragon by Poets & Writers

Apr 08 2020

3mins

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How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang

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How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang by Poets & Writers

Apr 08 2020

1min

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Sansei and Sensibility by Karen Tei Yamashita

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Sansei and Sensibility by Karen Tei Yamashita by Poets & Writers

Apr 08 2020

3mins

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Conditional Citizens by Laila Lalami

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Conditional Citizens by Laila Lalami by Poets & Writers

Apr 08 2020

4mins

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Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

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Conjure Women by Afia Atakora by Poets & Writers

Apr 08 2020

5mins

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Trust Me by Richard Z. Santos

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Trust Me by Richard Z. Santos by Poets & Writers

Apr 06 2020

4mins

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Don't You Know I Love You by Laura Bogart

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Don't You Know I Love You by Laura Bogart by Poets & Writers

Mar 30 2020

4mins

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Thinking Inside the Box by Adrienne Raphel

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Thinking Inside the Box by Adrienne Raphel by Poets & Writers

Mar 30 2020

3mins

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Little Envelope of Earth Conditions by Cori A. Winrock

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Cori A. Winrock reads from her poetry collection Little Envelope of Earth Conditions.

Dec 10 2019

2mins

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Dispatch by Cameron Awkward-Rich

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Cameron Awkward-Rich reads from his second poetry collection, Dispatch.

Dec 10 2019

4mins

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iTunes Ratings

33 Ratings
Average Ratings
27
3
1
2
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& is an A+

By Daveiii - Oct 25 2019
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Really great podcast that has its finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary lit. I highly recommend checking it out!

The podcast I didn’t know I needed

By Regardingsamuel.com - Apr 22 2019
Read more
I’m so glad I found this. Hands down my new favorite podcast. Thank you.