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 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/

  • Dealing with the Fludde: Interview with Peter Mishler Aired: Thursday, May 31, 2018

    Poet Peter Mishler discusses his new book Fludde. We talk about the process of writing his debut collection and more.


  • The Zen of Ralph Black Aired: Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Poet Ralph Black comes by the studio to discuss his new book Bloom and Laceration. We discuss the spiritual elements of his poems, travel, and more!


    About Ralph Black:

  • My Radar Data Knows Its Thing: Interview with Lytton Smith Aired: Thursday, May 10, 2018

    Lytton Smith joins me in the studio again. This time we get to talk about his latest chapbook My Radar Data Knows Its Thing by Foundlings Press.


    About Lytton Smith:

    Lytton Smith is a poet and translator, from Icelandic. Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at SUNY Geneseo, he founded National Book Review Month in February 2015. His latest collection, My Radar Data Knows Its Thing