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

  • Embrace the Cringe: Interview with the Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective Aired: Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Interview with the Cringe-Worthy Poetry Collective. We discuss their various projects that include reading series, chapbooks and more!


    About CWP Collective:

    CWP is a Buffalo based group of poets who are attempting to make poetry more accessible and approachable. We are also a DIY, kitchen table press.

  • 2017 Retrospective Aired: Thursday, December 28, 2017

    I take a look back over the past year and play some clips from previous episodes.

  • Finding Poems Everywhere: An Interview with Foundlings Magazine Aired: Thursday, December 21, 2017

    Managing Editor Aidan Ryan and Art Director Darren Canham came by the studio to chat about the new Foundlings magazine (http://www.foundlingsmagazine.com/home.html). We discuss the start of the journal, the evolution of the style and voice, the collaborations, and the future of the new journal.

    About Darren Canham:

    Darren Canham is a farm-raised designer living in North Buffalo with his dog, Wally. He enjoys backpacking, woodworking, and analog photography.

    About Aidan Ryan:

  • 2017 Year in Review Aired: Thursday, December 14, 2017

    A panel of poets and I take a look back at the year in poetry. We discuss some of the bigger poetry related news, share poems by poets we've lost this year, and talk about the state of poetry. The panel consisted of returning guests Jonathan Everitt, Sarah Freligh, Ryan Shepard, and newcomer Tom Holmes.

    About Jonathan Everitt

  • A Trio of Spirited Muses: An Conversation with Sueann Wells, Jerri Lynn Sparks, and Denise Thompson-Slaughter Aired: Thursday, December 7, 2017

    Editor and founder of Spirited Muse Press Sueann Wells visits the studio to discuss the new press. With her are two poets featured by the press: Jerri Lynn Sparks and Denise Thompson-Slaughter. We discuss the process of working with the editor, the vision Sueann has for the press, and future projects for everyone involved.

    About Sueann Wells

  • blud: An Interview with Rachel McKibbens Aired: Thursday, November 30, 2017

    Poet, activist, and bruja Rachel McKibbens comes through the studio to talk about her latest book blud. We discuss the research into her family, the relationship between this book and her others, The Spirit Room, and more!

    About Rachel McKibbens:

  • Homesick, then: An Interview with Jules Nyquist Aired: Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Jules Nyquist poet and fellow Bennington grad stops by to discuss her new collection of poetry Homesick, then. We talk about her research into her family, domestic violence, the integration of photography into her writing, formal poetry and more!

    About Jules Nyquist:

  • Attention Earthlings: Interview with James Longenbach Aired: Thursday, November 9, 2017

    Poet and critic James Longenbach stopped by the studio to talk about his new book Earthling. We discuss the origins of his collection, the process of creating the book, the term "Earthling" and more!

    About James Longenbach:

    James Longenbach is an American critic and poet. His early critical work focused on modernist poetry, namely that of Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeats, and Wallace Stevens, but has come to include contemporary poetry as well. Longenbach has published five books of poems: Threshold, Fleet River, Draft of a Letter, The Iron Key, and most recently Earthling.

  • Keeping the Stone Canoe Floating Aired: Thursday, October 26, 2017

    Tony Leuzzi and Phil Memmer stop by to talk about the upcoming issue of Stone Canoe. We talk about the history of Stone Canoe, the role of a regional magazine, and more!

    About Tony Leuzzi:
    TONY LEUZZI’s books include Radiant Losses and The Burning Door, both collections of poems, and Passwords Primeval, a book of interviews with 20 American poets. His next book, Meditation Archipelago, will be published by Tiger Bark Press in early 2018.

  • Mental Graffiti Aired: Thursday, October 19, 2017

    RIT's slam team Mental Graffiti stops by to talk about CUPSI, slam poetry, and more!

    About Mental Graffiti:

    Mental Graffiti is the student slam poetry and spoken word group at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The team holds monthly slam competitions and Open Mics on campus, and are involved with the forming of the RIT National Poetry Slam Team to compete at CUPSI. Each week during the school year MG hosts workshops on campus that are open to the public. Interpreters are provided for all events, including workshops.