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

  • The Heartbrache Series: Interview with The Rebel Flower Bomb Aired: Thursday, February 21, 2019

    The Rebel Flower Bomb swings through the studio to talk about her collection The Heartbrache Series. We talk about the book, teaching, pet peeves by performers, promotion and more!

    About The Rebel Flower Bomb

    The Rebel Flower Bomb. She is an unparalleled poetic force. She hails from Rochester, NY where she holds the title for the 2018 Roc Awards Best Female Poet. In 2013, she became a part of Roc Bottom Slam Family Rochester, NY's local poetry slam team. In the fall 2017 she released a collection of poems entitled “The Heartbrache Series” filled with sho



  • We Start With What We're Given: Interview w/ Miriam O'Neal Aired: Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Poet Miriam O'Neal takes some time out to chat about her debut collection We Start With What We're Given. We discuss persona poems, putting together the manuscript, upcoming projects and more!


    About Miriam O'Neal:

  • Tribute to Mary Oliver Aired: Thursday, January 31, 2019

    The poet Mary Oliver passed away on January 17, 2019. A panel of writers come together to celebrate her life, work, and legacy. Panelists include Sally Bittner Bonn, Jon Palzer, Kitty Jospe, and Bart White. We also hear tributes from poets Donna Vorrayer, Willa Carroll, and Elaine Fletcher Chapman.


    On the Panelists:

    Sally Bittner Bonn now mostly writes creative nonfiction, but came to writing through poetry, and Mary Oliver was one of her first favorite poets. Sally serves as the Director of Youth Education at Writers & Books.

  • Poet Crossing: Interview with Dan McKeon Aired: Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Editor and poet Dan McKeon joins me in the studio to discuss his work on the journal Pretty Cool Poetry Thing. We talk about its founding, index cards, Animal Crossing, and more!


    About Dan McKeon:

  • On Parents Aired: Thursday, December 27, 2018

    A reflection on work that examines the influence of parents

  • Year in Review Aired: Thursday, December 20, 2018

    Just a clip show featuring performances from the past year


  • Pski's Porch: Interview with Marc Pietrzykowski Aired: Thursday, November 29, 2018

    Marc Pietrzykowski joins me in the studio to talk about the press Pski's Porch. We talk about the origins, aesthetics, and more!


    About Marc Pietrzykowski:

  • Making Magic: Cornelius Eady and Bernie Heveron Aired: Thursday, November 8, 2018

    Cornelius Eady and Bernie Heveron perform in the studio and talk about their long relationship pairing music to poetry.


    About Cornelius Eady

  • Nerve Chorus: Interview with Willa Carroll Aired: Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Willa Carroll talks about her debut collection Nerve Chorus. We talk about her Rochester roots, the crafting of this collection, and more!


    About Willa Carroll:

  • A Look Back at State Street Press Aired: Thursday, October 11, 2018

    In preparation for a tribute to State Street Press, I take a look at a reader featuring the work of writers published through the press.