Flour City Yawp

“I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world.” ― Walt Whitman

The Flour City Yawp hosted by Albert Abonado is Rochester's source for poetry and poetry related news, featuring interviews, readings, and conversations about the latest in poetry. Get your poetry fix every Thursday at 2PM.

Past Episodes

  • Model Disciple Aired: Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Poet Michael Prior calls in to talk about his beautiful collection of poems Model Disciple. We talk about identity and narrative, nature and poems, and more!

    Michael Prior is a Japanese Canadian writer. A past winner of Matrix Magazine’s Lit Pop Award (2015), The Walrus’s Poetry Prize (2014), and Grain’s Short Grain Contest (2014), Michael’s first book of poems, Model Disciple, will be published by Véhicule Press in Spring 2016. He currently is an MFA candidate in poetry at Cornell University.

  • Gandy Dancer Aired: Thursday, April 20, 2017

    The poetry editors of SUNY Geneseo's Gandy Dancer swing by the studio to talk about the process of editing the SUNY-wide magazine, the challenges involved with a rotating staff, and their favorite poems. We also get a chance to hear each read a sample of their work.

  • Hunger for Salt Aired: Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Poet Elaine Fletcher Chapman took some time out of her busy AWP schedule to sit down and talk about her debut collection of poetry Hunger for Salt. We talked about mindfulness, nature and poetry, and the challenges of a debut collection.

  • Kingdom Come: A Fantasia Aired: Thursday, March 2, 2017

    A pre-recorded interview with the poet and debut novelist Timothy Liu from AWP. We talk about mothers and therapy, dreams and cats, monogamy and poetry. It's a literary bonanza!

  • Continual guidance of air: Interview with Holly Amos Aired: Thursday, February 23, 2017

    Poet Holly Amos stopped by during AWP to discuss her book Continual guidance of air. We discuss her veganism, poetry and activism, the body and relationships. Plus, Holly shares some of her beautiful poems with us. About Holly Amos: Holly Amos is an animal rights advocate and vegan. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Continual guidance of air as well as the chapbook This Is a Flood, both from H_NGM_N BKS.

  • Black Mountain College Diaspora Aired: Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Poet and Scholar John Roche swings by to talk about his really exciting project mapping the Black Mountain College's influence around the country. We talk about the history of the college and its lingering effects on our cultural landscape.

  • If These Walls Could Talk Aired: Thursday, February 2, 2017

    Dale Davis is back in the studio to talk about her work with the New York State Literary Center. She discusses the origin and growth of the program. Also featured: a rare reading given by inmates in the Monroe County Correctional Facility. More information about the New York State Literary Center can be found here: http://www.nyslc.org/

  • All the Pretty Horses Aired: Thursday, January 26, 2017
  • Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right: Poetry in a Digital World Aired: Thursday, November 17, 2016

    Sandy Baldwin stopped by the studio to talk about his work in digital poetry and e-literature. We talk about video games and poetry, performing poetry for gamers in Counterstrike and Lord of the Rings Online, his work with the ELO and more. It's a fascinating look at this exciting area of poetry.

    About Sandy Baldwin:

  • Hyperborreal Aired: Thursday, November 10, 2016

    Inupiaq poet Joan Naviyuk Kane stops in to talk about her poetry, her experience as an indigenous writer, the difficulties she encountered within MFA programs, the influence of landscape and the Inupiaq language on her writing, and more. Joan also reads some of her wonderful poetry.

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