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Meet a new poet every week, as they talk life and share poems with Rattle's editor, Timothy Green. All that, plus Poets Respond and the Prompt Lines—live every Monday! Rattle is a publication of the Rattle Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the practice of poetry, and is not affiliated with any other organization. read less
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ep. 254 - Chera Hammons
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ep. 254 - Chera Hammons
Chera Hammons is a winner of the 2017 PEN Southwest Book Award through PEN Texas and the 2020 Helen C. Smith Memorial Award through the Texas Institute of Letters. She holds an MFA from Goddard College and recently served as Writer-in-Residence at West Texas A&M University. Her poetry chapbook Amaranthine Hour received the 2012 Jacar Press Chapbook Award. Poetry collections include Recycled Explosions, The Traveler's Guide to Bomb City, and Maps of Injury. Her debut novel, Monarchs of the Northeast Kingdom, is available through Torrey House Press. She is a member of the editorial board of poetry journal One. She often writes about chronic illness and invisible disability, horses, and the unique landscape of the Texas panhandle, where she resides. Find her on Instagram @chera_writes. For more on Chera, visit her website: https://www.cherahammons.com/ As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins. For links to all the past episodes, visit: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/ This Week’s Prompt: Write journalistic poem that explores the sensory details of where you live. Next Week’s Prompt: Write a poem that features multiple unexpected turns, leaps, or voltas. The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.
ep. 252 - Maaz Bin Bilal
Jul 8 2024
ep. 252 - Maaz Bin Bilal
Maaz Bin Bilal is a poet, translator, and academic. His first collection of poetry, Ghazalnama: Poems from Delhi, Belfast, and Urdu, was shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar. His translations of Fikr Taunvis’s Partition diary, The Sixth River, and Mirza Ghalib’s Persian long poem on Banaras, Chiragh-e-Dair, Temple Lamp, were also critically noted. Reviews of his books may be found in Wasafiri, World Literature Today, The Hindu, Indian Express, and other publications. His poems have been translated into German, Hindi, Irish, and Bengali. Maaz was the recipient of the Charles Wallace Trust fellowship in writing and translation in Wales (2018–19), and the Akademie Schloss Solitude fellowship in writing in Germany (2022–23). He holds a PhD on the politics of friendship in E. M. Forster’s work from Queen’s University Belfast and teaches literary studies at O. P. Jindal Global University. For more on Maaz, visit his website: https://www.maazbinbilal.com As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins. For links to all the past episodes, visit: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/ This Week’s Prompt: Write a poem set on a specific road or path. Next Week’s Prompt: Write a traditional ghazal that references at least one other poet. When submitting, please include the name of the poets referenced in the submission note. The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.
ep. 250 - Christine Potter
Jun 24 2024
ep. 250 - Christine Potter
Christine Potter is the author of the time-traveling YA series The Bean Books. She has also published three collections of her poems: Zero Degrees At First Light, Sheltering In Place, and most recently, Unforgetting. She's taught creative writing to high schoolers, junior high students, and senior citizens. Christine ran the online poetry workshop The Gazebo for many years. Her poems have appeared in magazines ranging from Rattle to The Anglican Theological Review--and once wrapped around a stick of Double Bubble in Gum Ball Poetry. She's been nominated for the Pushcart Prize a few times, and has had a poem commissioned for July 4th by ABC Radio News. Christine is also a sometimes-singer and a dulcimer and guitar player who knows how to fake change ringing on a small carillon. She's appeared many times in Rattle and Poets Respond, and is the new poetry editor of Eclectica magazine. For more on Chris, visit her website: https://chrispygal.weebly.com/ As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins. For links to all the past episodes, visit: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/ This Week’s Prompt: Write an extended metaphor poem that features a celestial body. Next Week’s Prompt: Write an elegy for something that was in your home. The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.
ep. 249 - Annie Finch
Jun 17 2024
ep. 249 - Annie Finch
Annie Finch is an American poet, writer, translator, speaker, teacher, and performer. She is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Spells: New and Selected Poems. Her other works include influential essays, books, and anthologies on poetics, feminism, and women’s earth-based spirituality, including the influential book Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. Educated at Yale and Stanford University, where she earned her Ph.D, she has lectured at universities including Berkeley, Harvard, and Oxford and performed her poetry across the United States and in India, Mexico, Africa, and throughout Europe. She was the interviewee in issue 82 of Rattle. For more on Annie, visit her website: https://anniefinch.com/ Annie also shared some links and notes on meter: How to Scan a Poem video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZh1NNP6WsQ Substack scansion intro https://anniefinch.substack.com/p/useful-background-on-scansion How to Scan a Poem (print) https://bookshop.org/a/1041/9781737307563 Poetry Witch Community/Meter Magic Spiral www.poetrywitch.org As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins. For links to all the past episodes, visit: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/ This Week’s Prompt: Write a poem set in a place you’ve always dreamed of going to but never have. Allude to all the basic senses. Next Week’s Prompt: Write an extended metaphor poem that features a celestial body. The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.
ep. 247 - Nancy Miller Gomez
May 27 2024
ep. 247 - Nancy Miller Gomez
Nancy Miller Gomez first appeared on Rattlecast 146. Her chapbook, Punishment, was published as part of the Rattle chapbook series. She has worked as a waitress, a stable hand, an attorney, and a television producer. She co-founded an organization that provides writing workshops to incarcerated women and men and has taught poetry in Salinas Valley State Prison, the Santa Cruz County Jails and the Juvenile Hall. She has a B.A. from The University of California, San Diego, a J.D. from the University of San Diego and a Master in Fine Arts in Writing from Pacific University. She is currently working on a collection of personal essays. Her first full-length poetry manuscript, Inconsolable Objects, is now available from YesYes Books. She grew up in Kansas, but currently lives in Santa Cruz, California. Find more on Nancy and her books here: https://www.nancymillergomez.com/ As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins. For links to all the past episodes, visit: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/ This Week’s Prompt: Write a poem using a regular meter of some kind that references your ancestral home. Next Week's Prompt: Write an ode to something that doesn’t conform to typical ode topics and begins with an epigraph. The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.
ep. 246 - Julie Kane
May 20 2024
ep. 246 - Julie Kane
The great-grandchild of eight Irish immigrants, poet Julie Kane was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up in Massachusetts, upstate New York, and New Jersey, graduating from Cornell University with a B.A. in English and winning first prize in the Mademoiselle Magazine College Poetry Competition, judged by Anne Sexton and James Merrill. That led her to graduate school in creative writing at Boston University, where she was one of Sexton's students at the time of her death. Since 1999 she has lived in Natchitoches, where she is Professor of English Emeritus at Northwestern State University and winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award, Mildred Hart Bailey Faculty Research Award, and Dr. Jean D'Amato-Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award. During 2002 she was a Fulbright Scholar to Lithuania, teaching at Vilnius Pedagogical University. She won the National Poetry Series, judged by Maxine Kumin, in 2002 and the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, judged by David Mason, in 2009. From 2011-2013 she served as the Louisiana Poet Laureate. In 2018 she joined the poetry faculty of the Western Colorado University low-residency MFA program. Find more on Julie and her books here: https://www.juliekanepoet.com/ As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins. For links to all the past episodes, visit: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/ This Week’s Prompt: Find a partner and write a collaborative poem in some kind of form. Next Week’s Prompt: Write a poem using a regular meter of some kind that references your ancestral home. The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.
ep. 245 - Julie Marie Wade
May 13 2024
ep. 245 - Julie Marie Wade
With special guest Denise Duhamel! Julie Marie Wade is a poet, lyric essayist, memoirist, and an experimental/hybrid forms writer. She is the author of twelve books of poetry and prose, including Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, winner of the Colgate University Press Nonfiction Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Memoir; the book-length lyric essay Just an Ordinary Woman Breathing; and Otherwise: Essays, winner of the 2022 Autumn House Prize. Wade holds an MA in English from Western Washington University, an MFA in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of Louisville. Born in Seattle, she now lives in Florida and is an associate professor of English in the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami, where she teaches poetry, memoir, lyric essay, and hybrid forms. Find more on Julie and her books here: https://www.juliemariewade.com We'll also be joined by Denise Duhamel for part of the episode to discuss her collaborations with Julie. Denise was the guest on Rattlecast 86, and a winner of the 2024 Rattle Chapbook Prize, in addition to publishing award-winning books like Queen for a Day and Kinky. Find their co-written book, The UnRhymables, here: https://www.amazon.com/UNRHYMABLES-Collaborations-Prose-Denise-Duhamel/dp/0578421429 As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins. For links to all the past episodes, visit: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/ This Week’s Prompt: Pull a random card from a deck and write a poem about it. Next Week’s Prompt: Find a partner and write a collaborative poem in some kind of form. The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.
ep. 244 - Timothy Liu
May 6 2024
ep. 244 - Timothy Liu
Timothy Liu (Liu Ti Mo) was born in 1965 in San Jose, California to immigrant parents from Mainland China. He is the author of twelve books of poems, including Of Thee I Sing, selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year; Say Goodnight, a 1998 PEN Open Book Margins Award; and Vox Angelica, which won the 1992 Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. He has also edited Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry. Translated into a dozen languages, Liu’s poems have appeared in such places as Best American Poetry, Bomb, Kenyon Review, The Nation, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Yale Review. Liu is an intuitive reader of occult esoterica, including the Tarot and the I-Ching and the Akashic Records, and he gives readings at Mirabai (Woodstock) and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (Rhinebeck). He teaches at SUNY New Paltz and Vassar College. Find more on Timothy and his books here: https://www.timothyliu.net/ As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins. For links to all the past episodes, visit: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/ This Week’s Prompt: Write a golden prose poem: one that includes the words from your favorite haiku but goes in a different direction. Next Week’s Prompt: Pull a random card from a deck and write a poem about it. The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.
ep. 236 - James Crews
Mar 12 2024
ep. 236 - James Crews
James Crews is the editor of several bestselling anthologies, including The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy and How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope, which has over 100,000 copies in print. He has been featured in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Christian Science Monitor, and on NPR’s Morning Edition. James is the author of four prize-winning books of poetry—The Book of What Stays, Telling My Father, Bluebird, and Every Waking Moment—and a book of short essays, Kindness Will Save the World: Stories of Compassion and Connection. James also speaks and leads workshops on kindness, mindfulness, and writing for self-compassion. He lives with his husband on forty rocky acres in the woods of Southern Vermont. Find more information on James, visit: https://www.jamescrews.net/ As always, we'll also include the live Prompt Lines for responses to our weekly prompt. A Zoom link will be provided in the chat window during the show before that segment begins. For links to all the past episodes, visit: https://www.rattle.com/rattlecast/ This Week’s Prompt: Write a “golden" sestina or tritina: start with an epigraph from another poem, and use six (or three) words from that quote as the end-words of your sestina or tritina. Next Week’s Prompt: Write a short poem that explore someone else’s awe. The Rattlecast livestreams on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, then becomes an audio podcast. Find it on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.