Interesting People Reading Poetry

16 EpisodesProduced by Stermer Brothers

Interesting People Reading Poetry is a short, sound-rich podcast where artists and luminaries read a favorite poem and share what it means to them. Created by Andy & Brendan Stermer. New episodes monthly.

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Harrison David Rivers Reads Essex Hemphill

July 24th, 2018


In this episode, playwright Harrison David Rivers reads “For My Own Protection” by Essex Hemphill and discusses the use of the poem in his recent play, This Bitter Earth. Rivers is the recipient of fellowships from the …

Chris Kraus Reads Steve Levine

June 18th, 2018


In this episode, Chris Kraus reads “Miserable Life” by Steve Levine and discusses how New York School poetry influenced the development of her …

Amy Thielen Reads Jim Harrison

May 21st, 2018


In this episode, Amy Thielen reads “Death Again” by Jim Harrison and explores the relationship between great food and great literature. Amy Thielen is a chef and two-time James Beard Award-winning writer. She’s the …

DJ Rekha Reads Audre Lorde

April 16th, 2018


Chris Koza & Malena Handeen: Live!

October 30th, 2017


We’re celebrating the last episode of our first season with a special double feature, recorded live at Java River Cafe in Montevideo, Minnesota. Our guests are Chris Koza and Malena Handeen.

Chris Koza is the frontman …

Marla Spivak Reads Rumi

October 23rd, 2017


In this episode, entomologist Dr. Marla Spivak reads “When Grapes Turn to Wine” by Rumi and discusses the changes in consciousness needed to rectify …

Mary Mack Reads Roald Dahl

October 16th, 2017


In this episode, comedian Mary Mack reads “Attention Please! Attention Please!” by Roald Dahl. Mack is a nationally touring stand-up comic, beloved …

Nekima Levy-Pounds Reads Maya Angelou

October 9th, 2017


In this episode, Nekima Levy-Pounds reads “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and discusses the strength she draws from the resilience of her ancestors. Pounds is a decorated attorney, ordained Reverend, and former president …

Kao Kalia Yang Reads Mai Der Vang

October 2nd, 2017


In this episode, Kao Kalia Yang reads “To the Placenta of Return” by Mai Der Vang and discusses the sacrifices mothers made to protect their families during America’s Secret War in Laos. Over the course of two …

Rob Wallace Reads Derek Walcott

September 25th, 2017


In this episode, evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace reads “The Sea is History” by Derek Walcott and discusses the importance of questioning …

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