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

  • Kill Your Darlings: Undergraduate Editors Speak Aired: Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Undergraduate editors from university journals with ambitions larger than their campus swing by to discuss the work involved with running a journal. Guests include the editors of Angles (St. John Fisher 's College), The Finger (FLCC), and Gandy Dancer (SUNY Geneseo). Hear what Alison Beck (Angles), Amanda Ferguson (The Finger), and Lily Codera (Gandy Dancer) have to say about their journals.

    Where you can find the journals:

    Angles: https://projects.sjfc.edu/angles/

  • In One Version of the Story: Talking with Chuck Carlise Aired: Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Poet Chuck Carlisle stops through during his cross country booktour to discuss his debut collection In One Version of the Story. We talk about the origins of the collection, the decisions one makes in such an ambitious project, writing regrets, the Unknown Woman of the Seine, and more!

    About Chuck Carlise:

  • Roc Bottom Standup! On the National Poetry Slam Aired: Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Anderson Allen aka Poetically Undefined stops in to talk about his experience at the National Poetry Slam along with the Roc Bottom Slam Team. We talk about performance jitters, meeting famous poets, and the future of the Roc Bottom Slam Team.

  • Intersections of Art and Literature: Talking with Shayna Israel Aired: Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Shayna Israel, founder and publisher of Plurality Press, comes by the studio to talk about the development of the press, its goals, the intersections of art and more!

    About Shayna Israel:

    Shayna Israel is a poet interested in the intersection between visual and literary arts. She recently graduated with an MA from the University at Buffalo and works with visually impaired and differently-abled students as a vocational coach and writing teacher.

  • Teaching Poetry in High School Aired: Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Poet-teachers Marcy Gamzon, Reenah Golden, David Ruekberg, and George Steele swing by to talk about the difficult task of teaching poetry in high schools. We cover practices, the pressures of bureaucracy, and the economic disparities that complicate it all.

    About the panelists:

  • Railroad Phoenix: Interview with Alicia Hoffman Aired: Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Poet Alicia Hoffman comes by the studio to talk about her bold new book Railroad Phoenix. We discuss the origins of the collection, the role of fairy tales and magic on her writing, the influence of landscape and more! The show includes a really special performance featuring her husband Timothy Elswick.

    About Alicia Hoffman:

  • Young Writers Speak: Voices from the Governor's Institute of Vermont's Young Writers Program Aired: Thursday, July 20, 2017

    A poetry reading featuring the students of the Young Writers program through the Governor's Institute of Vermont. Incredibly grateful to spend a week working with these talented students. A special thanks to the Governor's Institute of Vermont and the Bennington Writing Seminars for helping to make this happen.

    About the Governor's Institute of Vermont:

  • The Pink Door with Rachel McKibbens Aired: Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Rachel McKibbens swings by the studio to discuss the Pink Door Writing Retreat, which serves to promote community and dialogue for writers currently excluded from the dominant cultural narrative; it actively seeks to bring Black women, women of color, trans women, and gender non-conforming writers / activists / scholars / rebels and regional voices into exchange & engagement with each other to provide a space for mentorship and exploration of ideas while building an active and informed literary community.

    About Rachel McKibbens:

  • Breathing Fire, Brave New Voices Aired: Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Members of the Breathing Fire Teen Slam who will be representing Rochester at Brave New Voices swing by the studio to talk about all the preparation and growth over the past year.

  • Sun & Urn: An Interview with Christopher Salerno Aired: Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Poet Christopher Salerno calls in to talk about his beautiful book Sun & Urn. We talk about loss and grief, the linebreak and future projects.

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