Podcast Series

The AWP Podcast Series features recordings from our annual conference. Members can listen to the podcasts episode by episode, or subscribe to our feed (using a program such as iTunes), which is updated every time we add a new episode.

Podcast episodes from the 2007 conference and select episodes from 2013 onward are available to the public for listening. All other episodes are available only to AWP members. Subscribe to our feed to receive periodic updates about newly published episodes.


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Podcast List:



  • Boston, MA | March 9, 2013

    Episode 69: Academy of American Poets Presents Lucie Brock-Broido and Anne Carson

    Award-winning poet Lucie Brock-Broido, author of Trouble in Mind, and acclaimed poet, essayist, and translator Anne Carson, author of Autobiography of Red, present readings from their respective work.

    Published Date: October 16, 2013
    Duration: 00:55:27

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  • Boston, MA | March 8, 2013

    Episode 68: Illness as Muse: Ten Years of the Bellevue Literary Review

    The Bellevue Literary Review is the first literary journal to be published from a medical center. Based in the oldest public hospital in the country, and perhaps the most legendary, the BLR has ushered in an entire field of literary medical writing. Now at the ten-year mark, the BLR illuminates the human condition through the prism of health and healing, illness and disease, and relationships to the body and mind. BLR writers Rafael Campo, Hal Sirowitz, David Oshinsky, Jacob Freedman, and Amanda Auchter explore these themes via fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

    Published Date: October 9, 2013
    Duration: 01:07:06

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  • Boston, MA | March 8, 2013

    Episode 67: A Tribute to Seamus Heaney

    This tribute celebrates the work of Seamus Heaney, one of the major poets of our time. Heaney, the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, essays, and translations, received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His most recent books include Human Chain and District and Circle, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize. This panel of colleagues, friends, and former students, who knew Heaney during his “Boston” years, will share anecdotes, offer critical analyses, and read from his poetry and prose.

    Published Date: October 2, 2013
    Duration: 01:10:29

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  • Boston, MA | March 9, 2013

    Episode 66: Andre Dubus III & Edith Pearlman: A Reading & Conversation, Sponsored by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation

    Andre Dubus III, New York Times best-selling author of The House of Sand and Fog, and Edith Pearlman, author of National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Binocular Vision, read and discuss their work with Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of The Bowl is Already Broken and a PEN/Faulkner board member.

    Published Date: July 24, 2013
    Duration: 01:13:36

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  • Boston, MA | March 8, 2013

    Episode 63: Language at the Breaking Point

    Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts. Pulitzer Prize-winner Jorie Graham and National Book Award-winner Terrance Hayes stretch language past the barriers of mind and limitations of personal experience to reinstate a kind of dignity to the world. Their creative tensions puncture the commonplace allowing the familiar to dislocate, laying bare our tenuous connection to life. Yet grace and a vivid, wakeful presence abide. Their poems demonstrate how the excavation of language itself can shape new possibilities for imagination to evolve.

    Published Date: June 5, 2013
    Duration: 01:33:04

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  • Boston, MA | March 9, 2013

    Episode 58: What Is Criticism? With NBCC Winners and Finalists

    What does it take to change discussion—or start discussion—around a novel, a poem, a play, a career? How to combine instruction with delight? Four leading literary and cultural critics, winners or finalists for the National Book Critic Circle’s awards, discuss the art of writing about books. These winners and finalists differ in background and experience; all represent criticism as a lively, challenging activity, one that can and must find something new to say.

    Published Date: May 8, 2013
    Duration: 01:08:45

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  • Boston, MA | March 7, 2013

    Episode 55: Keynote, A Conversation Between Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott, Moderated by Rosanna Warren

    Sponsored by Bath Spa University. Celebrated poet and translator Seamus Heaney is the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, essays, and translations, including Opened Ground; District and Circle, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize; Human Chain; and Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001. Poet, playwright, and essayist Derek Walcott is the author of eight collections of plays, a book of essays, and fourteen poetry collections, including Omeros, Tiepolo's Hound, and most recently, White Egrets. Playwright and novelist Steve May, Director of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, will introduce the two Nobel Prize-winning poets, who will present readings of their work. A discussion will follow, moderated by the poet and critic Rosanna Warren, author of Ghost in a Red Hat.

    Published Date: April 24, 2013
    Duration: 01:00:38

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