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Warlock Vorobok Reads

Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library

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Warlock Vorobok Reads is a monthly storytime for grownups. In each episode, librarian Adam Vorobok reads one fantastical, shiver-inducing tale. If you enjoy sitting around a campfire, listening to a storyteller as the flames leap higher into the darkness and the trees seem to inch a little closer, this podcast is for you. A production of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library.
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Inside the Writer's Head

Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

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Inside the Writer's Head podcast features conversations on books, writing, and creativity with The Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's Writer-in-Residence. Season nine is hosted by 2024 Writer-in-Residence TaraShea Nesbit. The Writer-In-Residence program promotes writing, literacy, and creativity while furthering the Library's mission of connecting people with the world of ideas and information. For Writer-in-Residence events, blog posts, and more visit CHPL.org/writer-in- ...
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West End Stories Project

Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

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The West End Stories Project captures the experiences of individuals who lived in Cincinnati's West End during the second half of the 20th century for urbanites today who want to know more about the neighborhood’s transformation. Cincinnati’s West End was once a vibrant community full of people, opportunities, and excitement. But due to urban renewal projects in the 1950s, the historic West End was largely razed for the creation of interstate I-75 and housing projects. This, combined with se ...
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Brace yourself for gloomy castles, ghostly apparitions, and gruesome corpses! This new season of Warlock Vorobok Reads features scary good short stories, starting with the queen of Gothic literature, Ann Radcliffe. Radcliffe returns from the void to join the podcast after first sharing her supernatural writings with the Library’s resident warlock o…
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In this episode of Inside the Writer's Head, TaraShea Nesbit talks with poet Yalie Saweda Kamara about her new book, Besaydoo, a book that Ross Gay describes as "a prayer for us all" and the New York Times Book Review highlighted the collection as "evoking ecstatic attention and generosity." In addition to sharing her insights about writing poems, …
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Did you know the poet that penned the famous words on the Statue of Liberty also wrote poems about haunted places and Will O'the Wisps? Come get scared by the phantasmagoric verses of one America's most important poets. Warlock Vorobok Reads is a monthly storytime for grownups.By Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library
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West End Stories Project Presents Alexis Kidd, Executive Director of Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, one of the Library’s many community partners. Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses is one of the last neighborhood houses or settlement houses in Cincinnati. Founded in 1945, Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses provides basic needs assistance, advocacy for …
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In the final episode of this season of "Inside the Writer's Head" Manuel Iris interviews renowned British poet and writer Fiona Sampson. They discuss Sampson's musical background informs her writing, how poetry challenges us to read in a different way, the secret coherence that often arises in poems, and more. Fiona Sampson is a leading British poe…
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Retired Aviation Technician and United States Air Force Veteran Jarreld Parks grew up in the in the Lincoln Court housing projects in the 1960s. Hear his story on this episode of the West End Stories Project. If you or someone you know lived or spent a significant amount of time in the West End, please consider sharing your story. Call 513-369-6900…
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Henry was the most popular poet in America during his lifetime. And one of the richest, earning $3,000 per poem, which, in today's money would equal roughly $77,000! Join Warlock Vorobok as he explores the fantastical shipwrecks and haunted verses of one of America's most enduring poets. Warlock Vorobok Reads is a monthly storytime for grownups.…
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Navy Veteran David Daniels grew up in the West End during World War II and lived on Fifth and Mill Streets and Cutter Streets with his mother, little sister, uncle, and grandparents. When he returned from the Navy in the late 1950s that section of Fifth and Cutter was gone, and Mill Street was eliminated completely. If you or someone you know lived…
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Manuel Iris talks with poet and academic Rossy Evelin Lima-Padilla. In this episode, Rossy shares how she crossed the border as an undocumented minor. Her struggle with the English language, and how her love for writing, literature, and community, gave her the strength to become a poet and professor in the United States. Rossy Evelin Lima-Padilla i…
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West End Community Council Beautification Chair, Fannie Shaw, moved to the West End from Whitfield, Georgia, when she was eight years old. When her family first moved to the West End, they lived in a building on Clark Street in what became the Laurel-Richmond Urban Renewal Project. She attended Dyer Elementary, Stowe Elementary, Porter Junior High,…
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In this episode, Manuel Iris speaks with Latin American cultural studies professor and Director of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at City College of the City University of New York, Carlos Aguasaco. Hear about his arrival to the US and how poetry and literature have been part of his immigrant story. This is a conversation on identity, …
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James Starks developed his musical talents at Sands Elementary School, Lafayette Bloom Junior High School, and Taft High School. During most of his time in the West End, he lived with his family on Wilstach St., which was slated for redevelopment in the 60's. If you or someone you know lived or spent a significant amount of time in the West End, pl…
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Lord Byron's larger-than-life persona created some fantastic poetry. Listen to Warlock Vorobok explore the gloomy depths of prison as well as a stunning apocalyptic dream from one of England's most famous poets. Warlock Vorobok Reads is a monthly storytime for grownups.By Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library
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In conjunction with the opening of the Black Music Walk of Fame, the West End Stories Project is sharing a new limited series highlighting Cincinnati’s musical influencers who have impacted music worldwide. For the first episode of the West End Stories Project Presents, we spoke to the founder and Creator of the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame,…
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Retired secretary, Margaret Haley, shares her experience living in the West End during the fifties and early sixties. She lived with her mother and father at 1805 Freeman Ave across from Findlay Street and attended Heberle Elementary School. If you or someone you know lived or spent a significant amount of time in the West End, please consider shar…
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Manuel Iris sits down with two internationally recognized poets, Tanya Ko-Hong and Tara Skurtu in the latest episode of “Inside the Writer’s Head.” In this episode, Manuel, Tanya, and Tara dive deep into how they define poetry, exploring topics like belonging, otherness, creativity, and the limits of language. Tara Skurtu is the author of "The Amoe…
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Former West End resident Herbert Winston lived with his family in Richmond Village (now The Arts Apartments of Music Hall) from the mid-sixties to mid-seventies. During his brief time in the neighborhood, he attended St. Joseph Catholic School, and frequented LeBlond’s Boy’s Club, which was close by in Over the Rhine. If you or someone you know liv…
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Poet Jennifer Hambrick joins Manuel Iris on a new episode of "Inside the Writer's Head" ahead of the arrival of the largest and oldest gathering of haiku poets outside Japan to Cincinnati. The biennial conference Haiku North America is organized in part by Hambrick. Listen in as they discuss the lyrical power of haiku, Hambrick's musical lens of po…
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For our twenty-second episode of the West End Stories Project, we spoke to former youth football coach, Mayso Stevenson Jr., who lived in the West End from the early 1950s to the 1980s. While living in the community, he attended St. Joseph Catholic School, Washburn Elementary School, Lafayette Bloom Junior High School, McMillan Adult Center, and Ro…
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For our twenty-first episode of the West End Stories Project, we spoke with retired educator and advocate, Dr. Sylvia G. Rousseau, whose family resided and worked in three Cincinnati neighborhoods with historic Black communities; Madisonville, Walnut Hills, and the West End. Although Dr. Rousseau lived in Madisonville, she attended Harriet Beecher …
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With the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, the West End Stories Project has shifted from a video series to a podcast, so interviews are being conducted over the phone. If you or someone you know lived or spent a significant amount of time in the West End, please consider sharing your story. Call 513-369-6900 or email westend@cincinnatilibrary.org for more…
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The West End Stories Project is back! Tune in to another season full of stories from Cincinnati's historic West End community. Catch new episodes every last Thursday of the month starting on March 30, 2023. The West End Stories Project is an award-winning podcast presented by the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library. Listen to hear experienc…
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At the end of this season of Warlock Vorobok Reads, after reading otherworld poetry from ancient Greece up until the start of the twentieth century, CHPL's resident warlock ends his supernatural saunter with the King of the Bohemians, George Sterling. On this episode, Warlock Vorobok reads “A Wine of Wizardry,” published in the September 1907 issue…
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Is identity a cage or freedom? How do authors write for enlightenment and hope in the midst of despair? Is it possible to be a black artist today without being an activist? What is love’s power in poetry? In my inaugural episode of this season of “Inside the Writer’s Head,” I chose to interview two brilliant guests to have a conversation about Blac…
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