The Poetry Gods

The Poetry Gods

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The Poetry Gods are here to show you how to not be wack in 2016 & beyond. Interviews and stories about the people behind the poems. You don't have to love poetry to love the show. Hosted by Aziza Barnes, Jon Sands, and José Olivarez. Artwork by Jess ...Show More
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Season 2, Episode 12 Featuring Willie Perdomo

1:50:04 | Sep 5th, 2017

On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Willie Perdomo about how he got started writing poetry, The Crazy Bunch, friendships in poetry, and so much more. As always you can reach us at emailthepoetrygods@gmail.com. We love to hear from you, so...Show More
Season 2, Episode 11 Featuring Eboni Hogan

1:48:16 | Aug 22nd, 2017

On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Eboni Hogan about courtship: the do's and don'ts, fragile masculinity, poetry, New York City, making the transition from poetry to screenwriting, and so much more. As always you can reach us at emailth...Show More
Season 2, Episode 10 Featuring Lauren Whitehead

1:41:38 | Aug 8th, 2017

On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Lauren Whitehead about courting rejection, writing in multiple disciplines, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, masculinity, & much more. As always you can reach us at emailthepoetrygods@gmail.com. W...Show More
Season 2, Episode 9 Featuring Adam Falkner

59:31 | Jul 25th, 2017

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 9 of The Poetry Gods! “If we commit to telling particular stories, we need to tell the circumference of them, and not just just the wound.” - Adam Falkner On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Adam Falkner abo...Show More
Season 2, Episode 8 Featuring John Manuel Arias

1:07:10 | Jul 11th, 2017

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 8 of The Poetry Gods! We realized many of the poetry podcasts we listened to were wildly dull. Hyper self-serious, self-agrandizing, and totally exclusive to high academic circles. That’s not the way the three of us know ...Show More
Season 2, Episode 7 Featuring Nicole Shanté

1:21:20 | Jun 27th, 2017

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 7 of The Poetry Gods! We realized many of the poetry podcasts we listened to were wildly dull. Hyper self-serious, self-agrandizing, and totally exclusive to high academic circles. That’s not the way the three of us know ...Show More
Season 2, Episode 6 Featuring Desiree C. Bailey

1:30:14 | Jun 13th, 2017

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6 of The Poetry Gods! We realized many of the poetry podcasts we listened to were wildly dull. Hyper self-serious, self-agrandizing, and totally exclusive to high academic circles. That’s not the way the three of us know ...Show More
Season 2, Episode 5 Featuring Aracelis Girmay

1:31:50 | May 30th, 2017

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Aracelis Girmay about poetry, wolves, and more. Check out the episode and let us know what you think. As always you can reach us at emailthepoetrygods@g...Show More
Season 2, Episode 4 Featuring Noel Quiñones

1:35:11 | May 16th, 2017

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to 2016 Poets House Emerging Fellow and one of the co-founders of Project X, Noel Quiñones! We talk about Ice-T, Soulja Boy, poetry, community, and so much...Show More
Season 2, Episode 3 Featuring Patricia Smith (Part 2)

52:44 | May 2nd, 2017

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to one of our favorite poets and people, Patricia Smith live from Vassar College about experiencing setbacks on the path forward, what community means, Pri...Show More
Season 2, Episode 2 Featuring Patricia Smith (Part 1)

1:18:31 | Apr 18th, 2017

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to one of our favorite poets and people, Patricia Smith live from Vassar College about all the books we won't get to read, poetry, music, and beyond. Chec...Show More
Season 2, Episode 1 Featuring Tim Seibles

1:22:12 | Apr 4th, 2017

Welcome to Season 2 of The Poetry Gods! We're back! Thank you to everyone who has been politely and not so politely asking us about when Season 2 would drop. It's here. On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Tim Seibles about the body as emba...Show More
Episode 16 Featuring Where It All Started-- Season One Finale

43:50 | Oct 7th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 16 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we take you back to where it all started: the unreleased pilot episode of The Poetry Gods. We recorded this at the Solid Sound Fest where we were the WanderWord Poets In Re...Show More
Episode 15 Featuring Your Questions-- Part 1

1:24:16 | Sep 13th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 15 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we answer your questions! We had a raucous time answering your questions about what to do when event organizers misidentify you as a slam poet, we talk about our influences...Show More
Episode 14 Featuring The BreakBeat Poets LIVE From Berl's Poetry Shop

1:56:25 | Sep 2nd, 2016

Welcome to Episode 14 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we have a brand new "What's On Your Mind?" along with an archival recording of a poetry reading The Poetry Gods hosted at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop on May 11th, 2016. Fea...Show More
Episode 13 Featuring Camonghne Felix

1:10:12 | Aug 16th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 13 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Camonghne Felix about growing up in The Bronx & how she got started writing poetry. Special Reminder: Episode 15 will be dedicated to clearing out our inbox, so...Show More
Episode 12 Featuring Safia Elhillo

1:33:23 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Welcome to Episode 12 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to Safia Elhillo about her writing journey & much more. As always, you can reach us at emailthepoetrygods@gmail.com. We are looking to book shows for Fall 2016. Bri...Show More
Episode 11 Featuring Morgan Parker

1:22:17 | Jul 19th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 11 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we skip our usual segment of "What's on Your Mind?" to talk about names, phases, brands, publishing, & so much more with genius poet Morgan Parker. As always, you can reach...Show More
Episode 10 Featuring Mahogany L. Browne PART 2

1:06:46 | Jul 5th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 10 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk about language, whiteness, community, and much much more. This is part two of our conversation with genius poet, educator, organizer Mahogany L. Browne. If you miss...Show More
Episode 9 Featuring Mahogany L. Browne

1:26:50 | Jun 21st, 2016

Welcome to Episode 9 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, José apologizes to Nas, & we talk extensively about community and creating space with genius poet & organizer Mahogany L. Browne. This is Part 1 of our conversation with Mah...Show More
Episode 8 Featuring Jive Poetic

1:24:54 | Jun 7th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 8 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk about love poems (including of one of our favorite love poems: Matthew Olzmann's "Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised As A Love Poem"), being present, and we talk to i...Show More
Episode 7 Featuring Nabila Lovelace

1:25:27 | May 24th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 7 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, Aziza talks about her trip to Dubai, José is raspy (ask Aziza about what raspy means) & recovering from the flu, Jon talks about waiting for the Podcast to drop and we talk ...Show More
Episode 6 Featuring Paul Tran

1:34:46 | May 10th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 6 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we introduce a new segment: Unpopular Opinions! What don't we like? Find out & get your Twitter fingers ready! we talk to poet, educator, and historian Paul Tran! ALSO: on ...Show More
Episode 5 Featuring Joshua Bennett

1:09:12 | Apr 26th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 5 of The Poetry Gods! This episode is brought to you by Robitussin & Vaporub. On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to poet, educator, and doctoral candidate, Joshua Bennett! We talk about Robert Kelly, mammalian solidarity, ...Show More
Episode 4 Featuring Jeanann Verlee

1:28:05 | Apr 12th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 4 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to the extraordinary Jeanann Verlee about social media, the struggle of leisure, & we have the return of Aziza's guide to dating 101 plus so much more! If you have...Show More
Episode 3 Featuring Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

1:29:35 | Mar 29th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 3 of The Poetry Gods! On this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to poet, essayist, and relentless Ohioan Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib about The Revenant and why one would go on a date to go see The Passion Of The Christ, amongst other...Show More
Episode 2 Featuring Jeremy Michael Clark

1:21:08 | Mar 15th, 2016

Welcome to Episode 2 of The Poetry Gods! In this episode we talk to Jeremy Michael Clark about the worst performances we've ever done, tattoo ideas, vulnerability and more. If you like what you hear, please follow us on soundcloud, subscribe on iTune...Show More
Episode 1 featuring Jayson P Smith

1:08:24 | Feb 29th, 2016

Welcome to episode 1 of The Poetry Gods. In this episode of The Poetry Gods, we talk to poet Jayson P Smith about love, how to spit game, growing up the oldest child and more. If you like what you hear, please subscribe. Episode 2 coming soon featuri...Show More