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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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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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31 Ratings
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27
2
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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

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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.

American Faith by Maya C. Popa

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Maya C. Popa reads from her debut poetry collection, American Faith.

Dec 10 2019

2mins

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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& more black by t’ai freedom ford

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t’ai freedom ford reads from her new poetry collection, & more black, published in July by Augury Books.

Jun 12 2019

1min

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Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

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Nicole Dennis-Benn reads from her novel Patsy, published in June by Liveright.

Jun 12 2019

8mins

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Ampersand Episode 13: Gwendolyn Brooks, Lidia Yuknavitch, Writers Resist

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Lidia Yuknavitch on her new novel, The Book of Joan; Gwendolyn Brooks reads "We Real Cool" in 1983; writers, editors, and teachers resist.

Apr 11 2017

32mins

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Ampersand Episode 15: Salman Rushdie, Nicole Sealey, Dawn Lundy Martin

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Salman Rushdie in conversation with Porochista Khakpour; readings by poets Dawn Lundy Martin and Nicole Sealey and essayist Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas; and more.

Aug 16 2017

33mins

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Ampersand Episode 18: Langston Hughes, Tayari Jones, Tarfia Faizullah

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Two archival poems by Langston Hughes; a craft essay on fiction and technology by Tayari Jones; and poetry readings by Tarfia Faizullah, David Tomas Martinez, and 2017 New Jersey Poetry Out Loud champion Amos Koffa.

Feb 14 2018

31mins

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Ampersand Episode 14: Sherman Alexie, Zinzi Clemmons, Jess Arndt, Erika L. Sánchez

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Whitman, Alabama; debut fiction writers Jess Arndt and Zinzi Clemmons read from their new books; Sherman Alexie reads from his new memoir; Erika L. Sanchez reads from her debut poetry collection.

Jun 14 2017

33mins

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Mitochondrial Night by Ed Bok Lee

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Ed Bok Lee reads a poem from his new collection, Mitochondrial Night, published in March by Coffee House Press.

Mar 04 2019

8mins

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Erou by Maya Phillips

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Erou by Maya Phillips by Poets & Writers

Sep 03 2019

2mins

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When I Walk Through That Door, I Am by Jimmy Santiago Baca

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Jimmy Santiago Baca reads an excerpt of a story from his new collection, When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother’s Quest for Freedom, published in February by Beacon Press.

Feb 13 2019

2mins

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Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era by Chad Bennett

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Chad Bennett reads from his poetry collection Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era.

Dec 10 2019

1min

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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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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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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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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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Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff by Sara Borjas

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Sara Borjas reads from her debut poetry collection, Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff.

Dec 10 2019

3mins

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The Year of Blue Water by Yanyi

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Yanyi reads from his debut poetry collection, The Year of Blue Water.

Dec 10 2019

4mins

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The Inheritance of Haunting by Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes

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Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes reads from her debut poetry collection, The Inheritance of Haunting.

Dec 10 2019

3mins

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Build Yourself a Boat by Camonghne Felix

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Camonghne Felix reads from her debut poetry collection, Build Yourself a Boat.

Dec 10 2019

4mins

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American Faith by Maya C. Popa

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Maya C. Popa reads from her debut poetry collection, American Faith.

Dec 10 2019

2mins

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Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love by Keith S. Wilson

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Keith S. Wilson reads from his debut poetry collection, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love.

Dec 10 2019

3mins

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Eyes Bottle Dark With a Mouthful of Flowers by Jake Skeets

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Jake Skeets reads from his debut poetry collection, Eyes Bottle Dark With a Mouthful of Flowers.

Dec 10 2019

4mins

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Invasive species by Marwa Helal

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Marwa Helal reads from her debut poetry collection, Invasive species.

Dec 10 2019

5mins

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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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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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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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Suicide Woods by Benjamin Percy

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Benjamin Percy reads an excerpt from “The Cold Boy” from his short story collection Suicide Woods, published in October by Graywolf Press.

Oct 09 2019

4mins

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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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The In-Betweens by Mira Ptacin

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Mira Ptacin reads from her memoir The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna, published in October by Liveright.

Oct 09 2019

3mins

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Poem For Doom by Matthew Zapruder

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Matthew Zapruder reads from his new poetry collection, Father’s Day, published in September by Copper Canyon Press.

Sep 14 2019

2mins

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