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

  • Railroad Phoenix: Interview with Alicia Hoffman Aired: Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Poet Alicia Hoffman comes by the studio to talk about her bold new book Railroad Phoenix. We discuss the origins of the collection, the role of fairy tales and magic on her writing, the influence of landscape and more! The show includes a really special performance featuring her husband Timothy Elswick.

    About Alicia Hoffman:

  • Young Writers Speak: Voices from the Governor's Institute of Vermont's Young Writers Program Aired: Thursday, July 20, 2017

    A poetry reading featuring the students of the Young Writers program through the Governor's Institute of Vermont. Incredibly grateful to spend a week working with these talented students. A special thanks to the Governor's Institute of Vermont and the Bennington Writing Seminars for helping to make this happen.

    About the Governor's Institute of Vermont:

  • The Pink Door with Rachel McKibbens Aired: Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Rachel McKibbens swings by the studio to discuss the Pink Door Writing Retreat, which serves to promote community and dialogue for writers currently excluded from the dominant cultural narrative; it actively seeks to bring Black women, women of color, trans women, and gender non-conforming writers / activists / scholars / rebels and regional voices into exchange & engagement with each other to provide a space for mentorship and exploration of ideas while building an active and informed literary community.

    About Rachel McKibbens:

  • 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!