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Making the world safer for poetry.

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A lot of people think poets read in an unnatural voice dubbed "Poet Voice." We talk about a new study that claims to have figured out what "Poet Voice" is by analyzing recordings of 100 poets. We talk about the study, what it means, and what it really says about the way poetry is performed.

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At New Orleans Poetry Fest this year we sat down with Chicago poet Jennifer Karmin to talk about poets collaborating with each other and other types of artists, performance poetry, and she shares some of the poetry from Sexual Organs of the IRS which she wrote with Bernadette Mayer.

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In episode 57, we look back at New Orleansd Poetry Fest 2018 with founders Megan Burns and Bill Lavender and we share an interview with Chicago poets Marcy Rae Henry and Melissa Almandina.

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In Episode 56 founders of Poets Reading the News, Elle Aviv Newton and J. Spagnolo, join us to talk about the intersection between journalism and poetry, the panels they were involved in at  New Orleans Poetry Fest, the current state of mainstream media, and how to bring new voices into the news cycle.

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Comedian Paul Oswell joins us this week to talk about comedians who use poetry in their acts, poets who write comedic poems, and to preview the show Comedy Verses Poetry coming up tonight (Friday April 20) at Mags as part of New Orleans Poetry Fest.

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Poet Christopher Louis Romaguera joins us this week to talk about the Gulf Coast Association ​of ​Creative Writing Teachers Conference, writing poetry as a first generation American, his experience traveling  in Cuba and South America, his love of Mate, and the upcoming New Orleans Poetry Festival.

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At the start of Poetry Month, we look ahead to New Orleans Poetry Festival at the end of the month, and Megan Burns visits to give us a Poetry Fest Survival Guide.

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This week we start out talking about those fake poetry ads in the in the subway and whether it's something poets should be upset about, but it gets us talking about the history of advertising and poetry in general, where the place is for poetry in public, teaching students to make dada poetry collages, why ad companies should hire poets, and what the future might hold for poetry in advertisements.
 
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Joseph M. traveled to Tampa near the beginning of March to attend Whale Prom, an off-site book fair, held at the same time as the AWP conference. He interviews a couple of the event's organizers about why they started Whale Prom and what need it filled as well as several attendees who were selling books. There are also some great recordings of poet Dylan Krieger reading some of her poetry at  an off-site reading.

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Last week we recorded the podcast live from St. Joe Lofts in the Warehouse District of New Orleans. We are revisited by past guests, and a couple new guests join us too. Make sure that you play along with the Poetry Trivia near the end of the episode. Check out the show notes for the PDF of photos for the picture round.

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