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

  • For Want of Water Aired: Thursday, October 12, 2017

    Poet Sasha Pimentel talks about her new collection For Want of Water. We talk about the origins of collection, the role of the body, the influence of landscapes and more.

  • Tribute to John Ashbery Aired: Thursday, October 5, 2017

    A special tribute to the poet and Rochester native John Ashbery, featuring Adam Fitzgerald, James Longenbach, and Joe Flaherty. We discuss his influence on poetry and his relationship with the Rochester area.

    About John Ashbery:
    John Lawrence Ashbery was an American poet, translator, and art critic. He published more than twenty volumes of poetry and won nearly every major American award for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976 for his collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.

  • Taking Care of Business: Work and Poetry Aired: Thursday, September 21, 2017

    George Guida and Gerry LaFemina are back in the studio and we are joined by Jan Beatty. Today, we talk about work and poetry, how work influences poetry, worst jobs and more.

    About the Readers:

  • The Dead Metaphor Cabaret Aired: Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Curt and Nani Nehring Bliss of the Dead Metaphor Cabaret come by to discuss their origins of the group, the process of setting poems to music, the relationship between music and poetry, and more!

    About Dead Metaphor Cabaret:

  • Kill Your Darlings: Undergraduate Editors Speak Aired: Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Undergraduate editors from university journals with ambitions larger than their campus swing by to discuss the work involved with running a journal. Guests include the editors of Angles (St. John Fisher 's College), The Finger (FLCC), and Gandy Dancer (SUNY Geneseo). Hear what Alison Beck (Angles), Amanda Ferguson (The Finger), and Lily Codera (Gandy Dancer) have to say about their journals.

    Where you can find the journals:

    Angles: https://projects.sjfc.edu/angles/

  • Everything is Peachy: Rachelle Toarmino and Peach Mag Aired: Thursday, August 31, 2017

    Founding Editor of Peach Mag and poet Rachelle Toarmino comes by the studio to talk about her work as an editor, the challenges of a new magazine, her love of pop culture, and more!

    You can read more about peach mag here:

    About Rachelle Toarmino:

  • In One Version of the Story: Talking with Chuck Carlise Aired: Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Poet Chuck Carlisle stops through during his cross country booktour to discuss his debut collection In One Version of the Story. We talk about the origins of the collection, the decisions one makes in such an ambitious project, writing regrets, the Unknown Woman of the Seine, and more!

    About Chuck Carlise:

  • Roc Bottom Standup! On the National Poetry Slam Aired: Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Anderson Allen aka Poetically Undefined stops in to talk about his experience at the National Poetry Slam along with the Roc Bottom Slam Team. We talk about performance jitters, meeting famous poets, and the future of the Roc Bottom Slam Team.

  • Intersections of Art and Literature: Talking with Shayna Israel Aired: Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Shayna Israel, founder and publisher of Plurality Press, comes by the studio to talk about the development of the press, its goals, the intersections of art and more!

    About Shayna Israel:

    Shayna Israel is a poet interested in the intersection between visual and literary arts. She recently graduated with an MA from the University at Buffalo and works with visually impaired and differently-abled students as a vocational coach and writing teacher.

  • Teaching Poetry in High School Aired: Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Poet-teachers Marcy Gamzon, Reenah Golden, David Ruekberg, and George Steele swing by to talk about the difficult task of teaching poetry in high schools. We cover practices, the pressures of bureaucracy, and the economic disparities that complicate it all.

    About the panelists: