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

  • 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.

  • Poetry Bootcamp on Flour City Yawp Aired: Thursday, November 3, 2016

    Sarah Freligh, Charlie Cote, and Jennifer Litt are all back in the studio to talk poetry. This is a poetry boot camp edition of Flour City Yawp. Sarah and Charlie offer us some prompts and we write along to them. If you are looking for something to kickstart your poetry, listen to the show!

  • Blowin in the Wind: Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize Aired: Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Executive Director of Writers & Books Kyle Semmel and poet Ryan Shepard join me in the studio to discuss Bob Dylan's surprising Nobel Prize. We discuss the merits of Bob Dylan's work, the implications of the inclusion of songwriting in literature, and the state of global literature.

  • The Wonder Years Aired: Thursday, October 13, 2016

    The Extraordinary Dale Davis and poet Jordan Smith hang out with me to talk about the poetry scene in Rochester during the 70's, a particularly fertile period that birthed many of the important literary and cultural institutions within the community. It's a fascinating look at an important time in Rochester.