Episode #14: Dorianne Laux on October 16th at 10 am PST


Join Rachelle as she talks with poet Dorianne Laux!

Streaming live on Friday, October 2nd at 10 am PST at http://www.blogtalkradio.com.

Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux’s fourth book of poems, Facts about the Moon (W.W. Norton),
 is the recipient of the Oregon Book Award. Laux is also author of Awake,
What We Carry, and Smoke from BOA Editions, as well as Superman:
The Chapbook and Dark Charms, both from Red Dragonfly Press.
 Her poems have been translated into French, Italian, Korean, Romanian,
 Dutch and Brazilian Portuguese, and her selected works, In a Room with a Rag
in my Hand, have been translated into Arabic by Camel/Kalima Press, 2009.  
She teaches poetry at North Carolina State University.

Episode #13: Rachel McKibbens – This Friday, September 25th

Join Rachelle as she talks with poet Rachel McKibbens.

10 am PST on Friday, September 25th.


Rachel McKibbens

Rachel McKibbens

Poet R AC H E L M C K I B B E N S is an ex-punk rock chola with five children. Known for her astonishingly visceral stage presence and devotion to craft, McKibbens has become one of the most respected poets in the spoken word community. She is the 2009 Women of the World poetry slam champion, is an eight-time National Poetry Slam team member, a three-time NPS finalist, and a 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and Pushcart nominee. For four years, she co-curated the award-winning louderARTS Project reading series in New York City, coaching their poetry slam team to three consecutive National Poetry Slam final stages. She teaches poetry and creative writing throughout the country, from housing projects and needle exchanges to high schools, hospitals and universities. McKibbens was a mentor for Urban Word NYC, teaching poetry at Bellevue Hospital through The Healing Arts Program, targeting at-risk youth. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Acentos Review, The November 3rd Club, Frigg Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine, Melusine, Wicked Alice,
World Literature Today, Bowery Women: Poems, and So Luminous, the Wildflowers. She co-wrote the play-in-verse Eight Chamber Hunger Orchestra which premiered at the Bowery Poetry Club in Spring of 2007 to a capacity crowd. She has shared stages with Nikki Giovanni, Kanye West, Billy Collins, Martin Espada, Ellyn Maybe, Eve Ensler and
Nick Flynn. She was featured in the slam documentary, Slam Planet: War of the Words which premiered at the 2006 SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas. She appeared twice on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, has read at college campuses across the country, the Henry Miller Library, coffee houses, dive bars, homeless shelters and the
Juilliard School of Fine Arts. She recently completed two full-length poetry manuscripts and is working on a collection of short stories. Her first book of poetry, Pink Elephant (Cypher Books) will be released in October of this year. She lives in Rochester, NY.


Episode # 12: Kim Addonizio – Friday, Sept. 18th

Join Rachelle as she chats with Kim Addonizio

Click here to listen this Friday, September 18th at 10 am Pacific Standard Time.


Kim Addonizio is a poet and novelist. Her latest books are Lucifer at the Starlite and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within. Addonizio’s honors include Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships and two Pushcart Prizes. Her collection Tell Me was a National Book Award Finalist. She teaches privately in Oakland and online. www.kimaddonizio.com


Episode #11: Jayne Cortez – This Friday, Sept. 4th

Join Rachelle as she chats with poet Jayne Cortez

Click here to listen this Friday, September 4th at 10 am PST


Jayne Cortez was born in Arizona, grew up in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of eleven books of poetry and performer of her poems with music on nine recordings.  Her voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic,dynamic innovations in lyricism, and visceral sound. Cortez has presented her work and ideas at universities, museums, and festivals around the world. Her poems have been translated into many languages and widely published in anthologies, journals, and magazines.  She is recipient of several awards including: Arts International, the National Endowment for the Arts, the International African Festival Award. The Langston Hughes Medal, The American Book Award and the Thelma McAndless Distinguished Professorship Award.  Her most recent books are ” On The Imperial Highway” and “Jazz Fan Looks Back” Hanging Loose Press.  Her latest CDs with the Firespitter Band are “Find Your Own Voice” and “Borders of Disorderly Time” Bola Press, “Taking the Blues Back Home,” produced by Harmolodic and by Verve Records.  Cortez is organizer of the international symposium “Slave Routes: Resistance, Abolition & Creative Progress” NYU 2008, and director of the film “Yari Yari Pamberi: Black Women Writers Dissecting Globalization. She can be seen on screen in the films: Women In Jazz” and ” Poetry In Motion”