A one-hour spoken word program featuring Nathan J. Reid’s original work, which will be shared in both a live and pre-recorded capacity.
With the Wisconsin Book Festival in full swing this week, we continue our series of author interviews. Ali talks to current Madison Poet Laureate Oscar Mireles and 2015–16 Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser, both of whom contributed to the anthology Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice. They discuss their work as educators, activists, […]
The Friends of UW-Madison Libraries are pleased to bring you a spectacular evening of poetry and jazz in celebration of the life and legacy of Mary Lou Williams. Original pieces read by Poet Fabu will be accompanied by Williams’ compositions played underneath by pianist Lawren Brianna Ware. The Mills Music Library will share a recording […]
Today’s episode is a rebroadcast from January 16, 2019. Ali is joined in the studio by Danez Smith, a Black, Queer writer and performer from St. Paul. They spend the hour discussing the intersections of poetry and identity, art and activism, and what it means to share and heal through literary expression. Danez also reads […]
Xandria Phillips has published poems in the shade journal, American Poetry Review, Scalawag and the Virginia Poetry Review. Phillips’s debut poetry collection, “Hull,” explores emotional impacts of colonialism and racism on the Black queer body and the present-day emotional impacts of enslavement in urban, rural, and international settings. A University of Wisconsin First Wave Poetry […]
The poet Martín Espada has been called “the Pablo Neruda of North America.” His is a voice of conscience, of memory, of living history. Today, he joins host Allen Ruff to read a selection of his poems on the air and discuss what motivates and informs his work as a voice for the voiceless. Martín […]