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 Lover's Phrasebook Aired: Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Poet Jordi Alonso calls in to talk about his fascinating collection The Lover's Phrasebook, a set of poems on postcards designed to be shared with others. We talk about the connection between nature and love, the lost art of letter writing and more.

    About Jordi Alonso:

  • In a Landscape with John Gallaher Aired: Thursday, March 16, 2017

    John Gallaher took some time out of his busy AWP schedule to talk about trends in genre-bending, the long poem, and his new writing projects.

  • Hunger for Salt Aired: Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Poet Elaine Fletcher Chapman took some time out of her busy AWP schedule to sit down and talk about her debut collection of poetry Hunger for Salt. We talked about mindfulness, nature and poetry, and the challenges of a debut collection.

  • Kingdom Come: A Fantasia Aired: Thursday, March 2, 2017

    A pre-recorded interview with the poet and debut novelist Timothy Liu from AWP. We talk about mothers and therapy, dreams and cats, monogamy and poetry. It's a literary bonanza!

  • Continual guidance of air: Interview with Holly Amos Aired: Thursday, February 23, 2017

    Poet Holly Amos stopped by during AWP to discuss her book Continual guidance of air. We discuss her veganism, poetry and activism, the body and relationships. Plus, Holly shares some of her beautiful poems with us. About Holly Amos: Holly Amos is an animal rights advocate and vegan. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Continual guidance of air as well as the chapbook This Is a Flood, both from H_NGM_N BKS.

  • Black Mountain College Diaspora Aired: Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Poet and Scholar John Roche swings by to talk about his really exciting project mapping the Black Mountain College's influence around the country. We talk about the history of the college and its lingering effects on our cultural landscape.

  • If These Walls Could Talk Aired: Thursday, February 2, 2017

    Dale Davis is back in the studio to talk about her work with the New York State Literary Center. She discusses the origin and growth of the program. Also featured: a rare reading given by inmates in the Monroe County Correctional Facility. More information about the New York State Literary Center can be found here: http://www.nyslc.org/

  • All the Pretty Horses Aired: Thursday, January 26, 2017

    Poet Michelle Y. Burke talks about her debut collection Animal Purpose. We talk about the origins of the collection, her love of horses, and more!

  • Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right: Poetry in a Digital World Aired: Thursday, November 17, 2016

    Sandy Baldwin stopped by the studio to talk about his work in digital poetry and e-literature. We talk about video games and poetry, performing poetry for gamers in Counterstrike and Lord of the Rings Online, his work with the ELO and more. It's a fascinating look at this exciting area of poetry.

    About Sandy Baldwin:

  • Hyperborreal Aired: Thursday, November 10, 2016

    Inupiaq poet Joan Naviyuk Kane stops in to talk about her poetry, her experience as an indigenous writer, the difficulties she encountered within MFA programs, the influence of landscape and the Inupiaq language on her writing, and more. Joan also reads some of her wonderful poetry.