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

  • Sexiest Man Alive: Interview with Amber Nelson Aired: Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Amber Nelson joins me in the studio to talk about her latest collection of poetry Sexiest Man Alive, a collection in which she collages the interviews of men chose by People Magazine for the Sexiest Man Alive. We talk about the long process of writing the poems, the research involved, and the difficulties with writing about less than savory individuals.




  • I am a Naked Person: Interview with Ray Ray Mitrano Aired: Thursday, September 6, 2018

    Ray Ray Mitrano joins me in the studio to talk about the 10 year anniversary of his art poetry book I Am a Naked Person. We talk about collaborative art making, his experiences on tour, and more!

    About Ray Ray Mitrano:

  • Where Is the River Called Pishon? Aired: Thursday, August 30, 2018

    Poet David Ruekberg talks about his debut collection "Where Is the River Called Pishon?"  We talk about the long process of putting together this book, publishing, the tendencies and habits of our writing and more!


    About David Ruekberg:

  • The Trouble with Troubler: Interview with Elijah Burrell Aired: Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Elijah Burrell talks about his latest collection Troubler. We talk about the form of the poems, the role of music in his writing and more.


    About the Elijah Burrell

  • Teaching Poetry Aired: Thursday, August 9, 2018

    A panel local professors featuring Tokeya Graham, Catherine Faurot, and Jae Newman get together to discuss teaching undergraduate students how to write poetry. Hijinks ensue. Not really, but it's a fun conversation.


    About the panelists:

    Tokeya C. Graham is an educator, activist, writer, motivational speaker, and radio show host. She is also the founder of Soulstainable Living, a whole person wellness initiative and We All Write, a collective of Black women writers.

  • Interview with Steve Tills, Editor of theenk books Aired: Thursday, July 26, 2018

    Steve Tills joins me to discuss theenk books and their latest release, the anthology women: poetry: migration.


    About Steve Tills:

  • This Thirst: Interview with MJ Iuppa Aired: Thursday, July 19, 2018

    MJ Iuppa is back to talk about her latest collection This Thirst. We talk about landscapes, her writing habits, and more!

    About MJ Iuppa:

  • Kids of the Black Hole: Interview with Marty Cain Aired: Thursday, July 12, 2018

    Marty Cain joins me to discuss his debut poetry book Kids of the Black Hole. We talk about the long poem, the influence of Vermont on his writing, and more


    About Marty Cain

  • Ghost City Press Aired: Thursday, July 5, 2018

    Kevin Bertolero of Ghost City Press discusses the ins and outs of his press.


    About Kevin Bertolero:

  • Young Writers 2018 Aired: Thursday, June 28, 2018

    I'm back from teaching at GIV's Young Writers program held in Bennington, and excited to share some of their work with you!


    You can learn more about the Young Writers here: https://www.giv.org/writing/