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Poetry Podcasts

It seems that more and more people are listening to podcasts these days. A podcast, for those that don't know, is "a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the internet." (Merriam-Webster) I listen to podcasts on my iPhone so I can listen to them anywhere, which makes them ideal for listening to while cleaning or exercising.

If you search for "Poetry" in your podcast app you will discover there are a lot of shows that feature the topic. I wanted to share three of my favorites that keep me inspired and ready to write!


  1. Poetry Unbound - This twice-weekly podcast is produced by On Being Productions, which also produces On Being with Krista Tippett. It features Irish poet Pádraig Ó Tuama first reading the featured poem aloud. He follows that up with some insights and thoughts about the poem and then reads the poem a second time. While each episode is only about 12-15 minutes long, it allows you to fully immerse yourself in the world of each poem, led by a guide that is knowledgeable about poetry and comes at each piece with generosity and instinct.

  2. The Slowdown - Every weekday, former US Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith delivers a different way to see the world - through poetry. This podcast is produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.

  3. VS - This is a bi-weekly podcast where poets confront the ideas that move them. It is hosted by poets Danez Smith and Franny Choi and is produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Each episode runs a little over 1 hour and is often irreverent and always a lot of fun!


I will suggest a few more podcasts in an upcoming post, so be sure to look for it!


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