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

  • Breathing Fire, Brave New Voices Aired: Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Members of the Breathing Fire Teen Slam who will be representing Rochester at Brave New Voices swing by the studio to talk about all the preparation and growth over the past year.

  • Sun & Urn: An Interview with Christopher Salerno Aired: Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Poet Christopher Salerno calls in to talk about his beautiful book Sun & Urn. We talk about loss and grief, the linebreak and future projects.

  • A Poet's Playlist Aired: Thursday, June 22, 2017

    A special playlist featuring poets and music. The show features poems and music by Jayne Cortez, Arto Vaun, Alan Semerdjian, Joshua Young, Thibault Raoult, and more!

    About the Poets:

  • Schroedinger's Cat Aired: Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Wanda Schubmehl, poet and host of the Genesee Reading Series, stops in the studio to talk about her various literary projects, what makes a good reading, reads her poems and more!

    About Wanda Schubmehl:

    Wanda Schubmehl's first book of poetry was bound in blue construction paper with the title cut out and backed with gold paper. It was put together by her mother, who was her first supporter. Wanda was about 4 years old, and no, she isn't going to read any of that work.

  • The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy Aired: Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Poet Christopher Citro comes by to discuss his debut collection of poetry "The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy." We discuss the origins of the collection, the role of comedy, surrealism and more.

    About Christopher Citro:

  • A Slice of Life featuring George Guida and Gerry LaFemina Aired: Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Poets Gerry LaFemina and George Guida are in the studio to talk about the transition from prose to poetry, the regenerative possibilities of this practice, the elasticity of language, writing television sitcoms and more!

    About George Guida

  • Grip, Give and Sway Aired: Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Poet Kathleen Wakefiled swings by the studio to talk about her new book Grip, Give and Sway. We talk about the influence of art and music on her writing, invisible stenographers with existential crises, the pressures of producing books and more!


  • Model Disciple Aired: Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Poet Michael Prior calls in to talk about his beautiful collection of poems Model Disciple. We talk about identity and narrative, nature and poems, and more!

    Michael Prior is a Japanese Canadian writer. A past winner of Matrix Magazine’s Lit Pop Award (2015), The Walrus’s Poetry Prize (2014), and Grain’s Short Grain Contest (2014), Michael’s first book of poems, Model Disciple, was published by Véhicule Press in Spring 2016. He currently is an MFA candidate in poetry at Cornell University.

  • Don't Miss The Dolphin: An Interview with Peter Makuck Aired: Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Poet Peter Makuck came by the studio to talk about his latest book, the necessity of mindfulness, the lyrical eye and more!

  • Gandy Dancer Aired: Thursday, April 20, 2017

    The poetry editors of SUNY Geneseo's Gandy Dancer swing by the studio to talk about the process of editing the SUNY-wide magazine, the challenges involved with a rotating staff, and their favorite poems. We also get a chance to hear each read a sample of their work.