Interesting People Reading Poetry

19 EpisodesProduced by Stermer BrothersWebsite

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.

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Biblical Translator Robert Alter Reads the Song of Songs

August 13th, 2019

17:00

In this episode, Robert Alter reads from his translation of the Song of Songs. Alter is a literary critic and translator based at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2018, he published a landmark, one-man …

Painter Enrique Martínez Celaya Reads Miguel Hernández

June 11th, 2019

17:24

In this episode, Enrique Martínez Celaya reads “Elegy for Ramón Sijé” by Miguel Hernández. Martínez Celaya is a world-renowned painter, sculptor, and …

Composer Libby Larsen Reads Bill Holm

April 8th, 2019

11:04

In this episode, composer Libby Larsen reads “Wolf Song in Los Angeles” by Bill Holm. Larsen is one of the most prolific and most performed living …

Journalist Krista Tippett Reads Rainer Maria Rilke

February 12th, 2019

10:22

In this episode, On Being Project founder and CEO Krista Tippett reads “God speaks to each of us as he makes us” by Rainer Maria Rilke. She shares …

Representative Ilhan Omar Reads Warsan Shire

January 14th, 2019

11:19

In this episode, U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar reads “Conversations about home (at the deportation centre)” by Warsan Shire and reflects on the many meanings of home. On November 6, 2018, Omar became the first Somali …

Entomologist Marla Spivak Reads Rumi

October 23rd, 2018

10:08

In this episode, entomologist Dr. Marla Spivak reads “When Grapes Turn to Wine” by Rumi and discusses how Rumi can teach us to “think like bee.” Dr. …

Playwright Harrison David Rivers Reads Essex Hemphill

July 24th, 2018

13:36

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 …

Novelist Chris Kraus Reads Steve Levine

June 18th, 2018

12:34

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

Chef Amy Thielen Reads Jim Harrison

May 21st, 2018

10:22

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

9:19

In this episode, DJ Rekha reads “A Litany for Survival” by Audre Lorde and discusses dancing as an antidote to fear. DJ Rekha is a producer, curator, and educator based in New York City. Her classic debut album, DJ …

Chris Koza & Malena Handeen: Live!

October 30th, 2017

16:00

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 …

Comedian Mary Mack Reads Roald Dahl

October 16th, 2017

13:05

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

Attorney Nekima Levy-Pounds Reads Maya Angelou

October 9th, 2017

12:04

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 …

Memoirist Kao Kalia Yang Reads Mai Der Vang

October 2nd, 2017

8:00

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 …

Biologist Rob Wallace Reads Derek Walcott

September 25th, 2017

14:39

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

Songwriter Gaelynn Lea Reads E. E. Cummings

September 18th, 2017

6:49

In this episode Gaelynn Lea reads “53” by E.E. Cummings and discusses the importance of acknowledging the duality of light and darkness in life. Lea …

Activist Waziyatawin Reads John Trudell

September 4th, 2017

13:19

In this episode, Waziyatawin reads “Cry Your Tears” by John Trudell (pictured above) and explores the complexities of solidarity. Waziyatawin is a …

Novelist Benjamin Percy Reads Brian Turner

August 28th, 2017

16:45

In this episode, Benjamin Percy reads “At the Lowe’s Home Improvement Center” by Brian Turner. Percy writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series’ for DC Comics, and recently published a terrifying fourth novel, “The …

Composer Maria Schneider Reads Ted Kooser

August 20th, 2017

7:05

In this episode, composer Maria Schneider reads “Walking by Flashlight” by Ted Kooser and discusses the process of setting poems to music. Schneider’s 2016 album, The Thompson Fields, won the Grammy for Best Large …

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