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

  • Tap into Poetry Aired: Thursday, June 30, 2016

    Founder of the literary mag tap, Peter Mason stops by to talk about his new journal, the challenges with starting a journal and his vision for the future of the magazine. We also talk about the relationship between trauma and poetry, and how trauma shapes his work. Peter also shares some of his own poetry with us.

  • This is a Recording: Readings from around the country. Aired: Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Today’s show is a special one. We’re featuring readings by poets from around the country. Poets featured on the show include Willa Carrol, Christopher Citro, Anais Duplan, Amy Kitchel-Leighty , Laura Klinkon, Robert Krut, Sandra Marchetti, Donna Vorreyer, plus a special selection of poets from the most recent issue of H_NGM_N, including Holly Amos, Sam Corfman, Genevieve Kaplan, Tom Snarsky

    About the Readers:

  • Poetry with a Bite Aired: Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Steve Huff joins me in the studio to talk about his press Tiger Bark. We also discuss the state of publishing and its challenges, upcoming books, including a project involving essays about the late poet Bill Knott. All this and more!

  • Against the Grain: On Poetry Readings with Noah Falck Aired: Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Noah Falck, curator of the fabulous Silo City Reading Series stops by to talk about his incredible reading series, upcoming acts, and reading in abandoned grain silos. We talk about his work at Just Buffalo, favorite spots to eat in town, and writing projects that he is currently developing. Noah also treats us to his wonderful poems!

    About Noah Falck:

  • June 2, 2016: Thinking Inside the Box Aired: Thursday, June 2, 2016

    Guests Melissa Balmain and Tony Leuzzi stop by to talk about form in poetry. We talk about the politics surrounding the use of form, its role as a creative tool, and how form can be valuable to all poets. Also, we play a quick game of Who said it: Walt Whitman or Sarah Palin?

  • May 26, 2016: Lost in Translation Aired: Sunday, May 29, 2016

    On today's show, I talk with poet and translator Lytton Smith. We discuss his experience as a translator, the effect of translation on his poetry, and the different philosophies with translation. Lytton also talks about his writing projects, current poetry interests, and more.

    About Lytton Smith:

  • May 19, 2016: The Writing on the Wall Aired: Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Today, I talk with the poet Jennifer Litt who curates the poems featured on Hogan's Hideaway. She also discusses the release of her new chapbook Maximum Speed Through Zero. Also, San Diego-based poet James Meetze was in Rochester and stopped by to read some of his poems.

    About Jennifer Litt:

  • May 12, 2016: Poetically Connect + A Tribute to Michael Harper Aired: Thursday, May 12, 2016

    It's our second show! Poets Charlie Cote and Sarah Freligh stop by to talk about Poetically Connect, their poetry on demand service. We talk about how they got started, the process and experience of writing for others, and more. Also, a tribute to the poet Michael Harper, plus a haiku-off between Charlie and Sarah.

    About Charlie Cote:

  • In the beginning.... Aired: Thursday, May 5, 2016

    The very first show! Guests for the first show include Jonathan Everitt, Jon Palzer, and Nate Pritts. Jonathan Everitt, Jon Palzer, and I talk about finishing up the NaPoWriMo challenge, the role of National Poetry Month and its influence on literary culture and more. Nate Pritts stops by to talk about H_NGM_N books, growing a press, and new developments in publishing. Listen to me fumble with the dials and forget to cut mics for the first time!

    About Jonathan Everitt