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

  • Poetry Bootcamp on Flour City Yawp Aired: Thursday, November 3, 2016

    Sarah Freligh, Charlie Cote, and Jennifer Litt are all back in the studio to talk poetry. This is a poetry boot camp edition of Flour City Yawp. Sarah and Charlie offer us some prompts and we write along to them. If you are looking for something to kickstart your poetry, listen to the show!

  • Blowin in the Wind: Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize Aired: Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Executive Director of Writers & Books Kyle Semmel and poet Ryan Shepard join me in the studio to discuss Bob Dylan's surprising Nobel Prize. We discuss the merits of Bob Dylan's work, the implications of the inclusion of songwriting in literature, and the state of global literature.

  • The Wonder Years Aired: Thursday, October 13, 2016

    The Extraordinary Dale Davis and poet Jordan Smith hang out with me to talk about the poetry scene in Rochester during the 70's, a particularly fertile period that birthed many of the important literary and cultural institutions within the community. It's a fascinating look at an important time in Rochester.

  • Godfather of Poetry: Norm Davis Aired: Thursday, October 6, 2016

    The godfather of the Rochester poetry scene, Norm Davis swings by the studio. Norm Davis has hosted the Pure Kona open mic for over 20 years. He was the publisher of the Hazmat Review and was a part of the performance poetry group Dream Machine. There's very little that Norm hasn't done in Rochester's poetry scene.

  • Workshop on the Radio Aired: Thursday, September 29, 2016

    Today, I offer up a few prompts for listeners to write along to. It's a little poetry workshop on the air.

  • Knowa Your BOA Aired: Thursday, September 22, 2016

    BOA Editions Publisher Peter Conners stops by to talk about the 40 years of BOA Editions. We discuss the growth of the press, the early years, and the future of the publishing. Also, the brilliant Janice Harrington calls into to talk about her latest book Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace Pippin, a fascinating collection that examines the life of this important artist.

  • WTF Open Mic Aired: Thursday, September 15, 2016

    This is the Flour City Yawp WTF Open Mic, an experiment in which listeners are invited to read their work, like any open mic. It was fun, a little weird, kind of lonely. Plus, a special previously recorded reading by the poet Corey Zeller from his appearance at the Silo City Reading Series.

  • Roc Bottom Standup! Aired: Thursday, September 8, 2016

    The Roc Bottom Slam Team is in the building with Program Director/Slam Master Lu Highsmith, Aceyon, Shaq AOR, and Poetically Undefined. We talk about how it all got started, how each member became involved, and what slam poetry means to each of them. Stick around till the end to hear some of their fabulous poems too!

  • The Hatred of Poetry Aired: Thursday, September 1, 2016

    Tony Leuzzi and Lytton Smith join me in the studio to discuss Ben Lerner's much discussed and debated book (pamphlet?) The Hatred of Poetry. We take him to task on some of the underlying assumptions of the essay and discuss the larger implications of the arguments presented in the book.

  • The Sound of Silence: Ythm Journal and Editor Sean Pears Aired: Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Editor of the journal Ythm is in the studio today to talk about his exciting new project. We talk about the origins, formal constraints, and the differences between performance and the page. Sean also shares some of his poetry with us!