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The LKMNDS Podcast

37 EpisodesProduced by Thomas K-JohnsonWebsite

Every week, Thomas Kneeland features powerful and original poetry from poets across the world. Produced in Partnership with The Kneeland Center for Poetry, Inc. and The Elevation Review.

37 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

012: Black Child

June 1st, 2021


Lauryn Carroll, affectionately known as “Spoony,” was born in the suburbs of northern California. She has dedicated her work to capturing stories of …

011: Constitution Avenue, 11pm

May 25th, 2021


Sean O'Neill is a law student in Washington, DC, but for most of quarantine he has social-distanced in the woods or by a lake. Although he aspires to write more poetry, mornings pass in a coffee-fueled haze and evenings …

010: 7

May 18th, 2021


Jay Cuervo was raised in New York, the son of a Peruvian immigrant. On the streets as a teenager, his perspective is one of brilliance seen in maddening situations.

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009: Brackets

May 11th, 2021


Nico Olivieri works as a transformative coach with clients from all over the States and Europe. He recently moved with his wife and six-year-old son …

008: Hurricane

May 4th, 2021


Steve Gerson, an emeritus English professor from a Midwestern community college, writes poetry and flash about life's dissonance and dynamism. He's …

007: Charge

April 27th, 2021


Tiana M. Reynolds is the author of the poetry collections Angels in the Dark and 100 Days of Rain. As an American living abroad, with each passing …

006: pH

April 20th, 2021


Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University—Los Angeles in 2015.  He was a former Statement Magazine editor who currently writes passionately.  He has written film reviews …

005: Off the Beaten Path

April 13th, 2021


Terry Brinkman has been painting for over forty-five years but has also created poems. Terry has published five Amazon E- Books and has poems in Rue Scribe, Tiny Seed, Jute Milieu Lit and Utah Life Magazine. Snapdragon …

004: Ceremony

April 6th, 2021


Ry Downey is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. He self published his first book of poems, Flowers Leaning Toward the Sun in 2019.

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003: Since the Dawn of Time

March 30th, 2021


Harman Cheema is from a small town just off the coast of British Columbia. He is currently working on an undergraduate degree at the University of …

002: A Million Words

March 23rd, 2021


Rahil Najafabadi is an emerging writer and a professional artist who has sold original collections of watercolor and pastel paintings since 2016. She …

001: Vision of Almighty

March 16th, 2021


Aarya Srivastava is a young poet who sees big dreams with small eyes. She has been published in many magazines and wants to aim even higher in the literary world. The ink of her thoughts and her pen of hard work helps …

014: Not Drowning But Waving

December 29th, 2020


Laurie Kuntz is an award-winning poet and film producer. She has published one poetry collection (Somewhere in the Telling, Mellen Press) and two …

013: Written A Decade After My Sister Walked Out

December 22nd, 2020


Emma Crone is an English major and aspiring writer at Baldwin Wallace University with a passion for fiction and poetry. She's been featured as a poetry author in Baldwin Wallace University’s 2020 edition of their …

012: Darnella's Duty

December 15th, 2020


Laurie Kuntz is an award-winning poet and film producer. She has published one poetry collection (Somewhere in the Telling, Mellen Press) and two …

011: May

December 8th, 2020


Nina Murray is a Ukrainian-born American poet, translator, and diplomat. Her most recent collection of poetry is the chapbook Minor Heresies (The …

010: When...

December 1st, 2020


Savage The Poet is a Nuyorican Poet/Healer born and raised out of Brooklyn, NY. In love with words and the effect poetry has on changing and uplifting human emotion, his poems ripple off of influences like Elizabeth …

009: Lift the Veil & See

November 24th, 2020


Simon Havok traveled the world during his time in the US Air Force. He has previously been published in the Air Force Times, Literary Yard and Scarlet Leaf Review. In 2019, Havok finished his first autobiographical book …

008: Thank you, ADA

November 17th, 2020


Clarence Carter Boucher is blind in one eye; the other eye has been saved for now by multiple surgeries and changes in treatment. Carter’s eye has …

007: The Shortest Distance

November 10th, 2020


Ranjith Sivaraman is from Kerala, a small state in India. He is a poetry lover and a fan of true love. This is a short poem dedicated to all those who were lucky enough to experience true love and those who believe in …

006: Beautiful

November 3rd, 2020


Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, interdisciplinary artist, multi-award-winning poet, and author of several books. Place, …

005: American Consanguinity

October 27th, 2020


Alastair Huntley is currently a post-baccalaureate premedical student at Northeastern University, having previously studied at Norwich University, …

004: Stories

October 20th, 2020


Writing is breathing for Mahloli, poetry, the very air she breathes. Sometimes she questions her sanity, but she is just trying to give something to …

003: Prayer

October 13th, 2020


Rochelle Asquith is a 22-year-old writer and artist from Wakefield, in the North of England. Her essays and artistic works have been published many …

002: The Taste of Fear

September 22nd, 2020


Kendra Clevenger is a twenty-six-year-old Missouri native. She is the eldest of six children and a single mother to one young child. Her passion for …

001: Hiccups

September 15th, 2020


“Hiccups” was written by Matthew Berg. He is a renaissance man from the Midwest, a follower of Jesus, a husband, and a father who writes poetry, …

Season 2 Trailer

August 26th, 2020


You heard it here first! The LKMNDS Podcast is returning for Season 2 on September 15, 2020! This season features powerful and original poetry from …

Ep. 10 | Breathe

April 3rd, 2020


Breathe is a simple poem about living. The poetic form used in this poem is the Lune poem. It has been coined as the American Haiku by Robert Kelly (no, not R. Kelly, haha). The form is comprised of thirteen syllables; …

Ep. 9 | We're Made to Love

April 2nd, 2020


We’re Made to Love is a poem that invites a reader to not be afraid of being in love with the right person. The poetic form used in this poem is the Burmese Than-bauk form, composed of three lines with four syllables in …

Ep. 8 | Rules of Disengagement

April 1st, 2020


Rules of Disengagement is a simple tricube poem that speaks on infidelity. The tricube poetic form takes on a simple structure: 3 stanzas, 3 lines …

Ep. 7 | Return Song

March 31st, 2020


Return Song is a Shadorma poem about coming together to march towards true freedom. The Shadorma poetic form is a six-line poem that doesn’t have to …

Ep. 6 | At Land's Edge

March 30th, 2020


At Land’s Edge is a sestina verse poem that accentuates a journey across the Atlantic Ocean during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The Sestina Verse form is a form that poets either love or hate. To achieve this form, …

Ep. 5 | 2,023 Miles

March 27th, 2020


2,023 Miles is a nonet poem that tells a grandfather and grandson’s journey from California to Mississippi in 1995. A nonet poem is comprised of nine lines; the first line contains nine syllables. Each line after that …

Ep. 4 | Redemption

March 25th, 2020


The imayo poetic form is a four-line Japanese poem. It is comprised of twelve syllables in each line. Each line contains an intentional caesura between the first seven syllables and the last five.

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Ep. 3 | Ars Poetica

March 25th, 2020


The villanelle is comprised of five tercets and one quatrain. This poetic form relies on the structure of rhyme and refrain.

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Ep. 2 | Spectre

March 24th, 2020


Spectre is a poem that starts the dark and terrifyingly beautiful journey of the African Diaspora. Prepare to feel the oceanspray land on your skin …

Ep. 1 | Father

March 24th, 2020


Thomas Kneeland delivers an original poem about fatherhood.

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