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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.

iTunes Ratings

31 Ratings
Average Ratings
27
2
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1
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.

Rank #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: Erou by Maya Phillips

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Erou by Maya Phillips by Poets & Writers

Sep 03 2019

2mins

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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: Ampersand Episode Nine: Dear President, MFA Programs, & Tracy Sherrod

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Dear President: A Message for the Next Commander in Chief From Fifty American Poets and Writers, including Junot Diaz, Tina Chang, Anthony Doerr, Evie Shockley, and others. Plus advice from MFA students at AWP, Amistad Press editorial director Tracy Sherrod, a report from the softball field, and more.

Aug 17 2016

37mins

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Rank #18: 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 #19: & 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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Rank #20: 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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