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Making connections through conversation with the art, literature, and creative work that matters to us, and the people who make it. Hosted by writer and photographer Mike Sakasegawa, Keep the Channel Open is a series of in-depth and intimate conversations with artists, writers, and curators from across the creative spectrum.
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Olatunde Osinaike is a poet based in Atlanta, GA. In his debut full-length poetry collection, Tender Headed, Olatunde explores Black masculinity, both celebrating and interrogating it in his sonically virtuosic poems. We talked about his approach to poetry, what poetic lineage means to him, and the silences inherent in patriarchy. Then for the seco…
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In this two-part episode, Rachel Zucker speaks with Ronaldo V. Wilson and Fred Moten about poetry as performance, influences and teachers, open field poetics, finding space for listeners and audience to feel welcome, how to define the limits—or lack thereof— of a book and, specifically, the performance they gave the night before at the Poetry Proje…
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In this two-part episode, Rachel Zucker speaks with Ronaldo V. Wilson and Fred Moten about poetry as performance, influences and teachers, open field poetics, finding space for listeners and audience to feel welcome, how to define the limits—or lack thereof— of a book and, specifically, the performance they gave the night before at the Poetry Proje…
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In this second Keep the Channel Open feed drop, Rachel and Mike Sakasegawa discuss Bianca by Eugenia Leigh. PODCAST: PLAY IN NEW WINDOW | TRANSCRIPT SUBSCRIBE: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PODCASTS | AMAZON PODCASTS SUPPORT: PATREON | VENMO: @Rachel_Zucker Extra Resources Books by Eugenia Leigh Eugenia Leigh Bianca (Four Way Books, 2023) Blood, Sparrows…
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For this KTCO Book Club conversation, poet and podcaster Rachel Zucker returns to the show to discuss Eugenia Leigh’s poetry collection Bianca. In our conversation, we talked about our approaches to talking about books with their authors, how form shapes how we take in intense subject matter in a poem, and how a book can be a means of connection. S…
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pc: Webb Roberts Rachel talks with long time friend and writer for children, Laurel Snyder. They talk about the Iowa Writers Workshop, Laurel’s path from poet to children’s book author, money, the novice brain, labor, being “messy and extra but not totally batshit,” the relationship between poetry and picture books, the experimental nature of pictu…
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Poets Safia Elhillo and Charif Shanahan talk to Isaac Ginsberg Miller, a poet and PhD candidate in African American Studies at Northwestern, about their friendship, kinship, seeing and being seen by others, their intended audiences and ideal readers, inherited/received forms, experimentalism, the instability of racialized experience for many Black …
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Poets Jason Schneiderman, Cate Marvin, R. A. Villanueva, Lynn Xu and Rachel Zucker consider the pleasures, challenges, eccentricities and value of live, in-person poetry readings. These musings are followed by excerpts of the June 6, 2023 reading in Bryant Park (hosted by Jason and featuring Cate, Ron, Lynn and Rachel) and comments from the audienc…
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Links, Bios & Support Info Books & Selected Projects by Moheb Soliman HOMES (Coffee House Press, 2021) We’re Back! Also Referenced Lorine Niedecker Gabrielle Octavia Rucker Cecily Nicholson, Wayside Sang David Byrne Walt Whitman Etheridge Knight Moheb Soliman is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest who's presented work at literary, …
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Gerardo Sámano Córdova is a writer and artist from Mexico City. In his debut novel, Monstrilio, Gerardo draws from both horror and literary fiction traditions to tell a story about grief, family, and self-acceptance. In our conversation, Gerardo and I talked about genre expectations, genre fiction as a site of art, and what it means to be monstrous…
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Links, Bios & Support Info Hope Mohr Hope Mohr’s Horizon Stanzas Alyssa Harad Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Bridge by Alyssa Harad The Descent of Alette by Alice Notley Inanna Queen of Heaven and Earth by Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer MOTHERs by Rachel Zucker Alice Notley reading books 1 and 2 of Descen…
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Links and resources Episode 143 of Keep the Channel Open: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Mike Sakasegawa LikeWise Fiction Keep the Channel Open on Twitter Keep the Channel Open on Insta Keep the Channel Open on YouTube Information and sign u…
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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is a writer based in the Bronx, NY. In his debut novel, Chain-Gang All-Stars, Nana presents us with a dystopian future America where convicted prisoners fight each other to the death in a televised bloodsport. The book is both a blistering critique of the US carceral system and an insistence on the inalienable humanity of e…
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Rachel Zucker is a writer, podcast, and teacher based in New York and Maine. Her latest book, The Poetics of Wrongness, is a collection of essays (originally written and performed for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series) delving into her own poetics, motherhood, the history of confessional poetry, and the ethics of “say everything” poetry. In our conv…
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BOOKS & SELECTED WORK BY GABRIELLE OCTAVIA RUCKER Dereliction (The Song Cave, 2022) “Practice for My Birthday” in The Recluse (2021) ALSO REFERENCED Roosevelt University Auditorium Theater Joffrey Ballet Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Christkindlmarket, Chicago Paper Source National Book Foundation International Center of Photography The Poetry…
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For our latest KTCO Book Club episode, writer Sarah Gailey joins us for a discussion of H. A. Clarke’s YA novels The Scapegracers and The Scratch Daughters. In our conversation, Sarah and I talked about the ways Clarke’s novels subvert genre expectations, about the quality of teen girls’ rage, and about why these books are “capital-I Important.” Su…
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The second of five episodes featuring the lectures that became Rachel Zucker’s newest book, The Poetics of Wrongness. This episode contains audio of “What We Talk About When We Talk About the Confessional and What We Should Be Talking About,” presented at the University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson) on January 28, 2016. It also includes a new i…
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Dayna Patterson is a poet, photographer, and textile artist based in the Pacific Northwest. The poems in her latest collection, O Lady, Speak Again, use the voices of the women characters from Shakespeare’s plays to talk about patriarchy, motherhood, sexuality, religion, heritage. In our conversation, Dayna and I discussed her creative process and …
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Rachel Zucker releases the first of her five lectures written for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. This episode “The Poetics of Wrongness,” is the title lecture of her new book, now out from Wave. Within the framework of feminism, motherhood, and politics, the lecture challenges long-held rules and perceptions of what poetry and art can be or shou…
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Books and Selected Other Work by Joy Harjo POETRY Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: 50 Poems for 50 Years (W.W. Norton, 2022) An American Sunrise (W. W. Norton, 2019) Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (W. W. Norton, 2015) How We Became Human New & Selected Poems: 1975-2001 (W. W. Norton, 2004) A Map to the Next World (W. W. Norton, 2000) The Wo…
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Joshua Burton is a poet and educator based in Houston, TX. The poems in Joshua’s debut collection, Grace Engine, ask what grace means in a hostile world of lynchings, mental illness, self-hate, and suicide. These poems offer no solace, yet nevertheless reach toward beauty and peace. In our conversation, Joshua and I talked about what a grace engine…
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Books and Selected Other Work by Saeed Jones Alive at the End of the World (Coffee House Press, 2022) How We Fight For Our Lives (Simon & Schuster, 2019) Prelude to Bruise (Coffee House Press, 2014) Also Referenced Open Books: A Poem Emporium V Conaty Christine Larusso Commonplace Goes to Taiwan, Episodes 1 and 2 Pema Chödrön Jorge Luis Borges Roge…
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For our latest KTCO Book Club episode, media critic Mel Thomas joins us for a conversation about Holly Black’s YA fantasy novel The Cruel Prince. In our conversation, we discuss the ways that craft in YA fiction is often dismissed or overlooked by both critics and readers, the dynamics of abuse and trauma in the novel, and being able to enjoy art o…
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Books and Selected Other Work by Eileen Myles Pathetic Literature, ed. (Grove Press, 2022) For Now (Yale University Press, 2020) evolution (Grove Press, 2018) Afterglow: A Dog Memoir (Grove Press, 2017) I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, 1975-2014 (Ecco Press, 2015) Snowflake/Different Streets (Wave Books, 2012) Inferno: A Poet's Novel (…
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Gabrielle Bates is a poet based in Seattle, WA. Throughout Gabrielle’s debut collection, Judas Goat, there is a feeling of quiet, that the poems are almost being whispered to you. And yet it is not a soft or comforting quiet that these poems bring, but rather one that often contains a sense of menace. In our conversation, Gabrielle and I talked abo…
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Books and Selected Other Work by S. Yarberry A Boy in the City (Deep Vellum, 2021 Also Referenced Rachel Zucker Kathryn Davis Aphrodite Charon, boatkeeper of the underworld CAConrad William Blake The Odyssey Icarus John Keats Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches, “The Uses of the Erotic” Maggie Nelson, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and …
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Abby Minor is a writer based in central Pennsylvania. In her debut book of poems, As I Said: A Dissent, Abby combines the historical narrative of Ann Lohman—a 19th-century abortion provider in New York City—with personal and family history, creating a collection of poems that challenge the typical notion of an abortion story. In our conversation, A…
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Molly Spencer is a poet based in Michigan. The poems in her collections In the House and Hinge engage with chronic illness, divorce, domesticity, motherhood, and the ways that our lives don’t always work out the way we expected them to. In our conversation, we talked about dissolution, the uses of poetry, ways of knowing, and speaking unlovely trut…
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Books and Selected Other Work by Carl Phillips POETRY Then The War: And Selected Poems, 2007-2020 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022) Pale Colors in a Tall Field (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020) Star Map With Action Figures (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) Wild Is the Wind (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018) Reconnaissance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 201…
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Luther Hughes is a poet based in Seattle, WA. The poems in Luther’s debut collection, A Shiver in the Leaves, are tender, erotic, vulnerable, erudite, at times dark, and at times ecstatic. In our conversation, we talked about power dynamics in sexual encounters, different forms of love, and writing as a way of understanding oneself. Then in the sec…
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André Ramos-Woodard is a photographic artist originally from Texas and Tennessee. In their series BLACK SNAFU, André combines photographs celebrating Blackness with appropriated illustrations from racist cartoons as a way of confronting the history and present reality of American racism. In our conversation we discussed appropriation, questions of …
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Selected Work Critique Is Creative: The Critical Response Process in Theory & Practice (Wesleyan University Press, 2022), Liz Lerman and John Borstel Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer (Wesleyan University Press, 2011), Liz Lerman Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process (Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, 2003), Liz Lerman and John Bors…
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Amanda Marchand is a Canadian, New York-based photographer. Amanda’s Lumen Notebook series is a body of elegant and strikingly beautiful images that nevertheless layer deep meaning within their seemingly simple compositions. In our conversation, Amanda and I talked about her process in creating these photograms and how working within strict constra…
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Books Aux Arc / Trypt Ich: Poppycock & Assphodel; Winter; A Night of Dark Trees (Nightboat Books, 2021) Listen My Friend, This is the Dream I Dreamed Last Night (The Song Cave, 2021) FLUNG THRONE (Ahsata Press, 2018) BEAST FEAST (Ahsata Press, 2014) Selected chapbooks DEARTH & Gods Green Mirth (Fonograph, 2022) “BEHOLD A MAN!” (Auric Press, 2020) P…
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Selected Work Payadora Tango Ensemble “Adios Muchachos/I Get Ideas,” (by Julio César Sanders) violinist and vocalist, with Payadora Tango Ensemble “La Perdida,” violinist and songwriter, with Payadora Tango Ensemble Tango in the Dark, with PointeTango Venuti String Quartet “Like My Sister,” violinist, vocalist, and songwriter, with family band “Yea…
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Fatemeh Baigmoradi is a photographic artist originally from Iran. In her series It’s Hard to Kill, Fatemeh works with archival family photos from Iran, using fire to obscure or destroy portions of the image—connecting to the way that her own family and many others burned their photos after the Iranian Revolution to protect themselves or others in t…
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Rachel speaks with poet, scholar, and Thinking Its Presence conference founder Prageeta Sharma about her book Grief Sequence and creating a platform for BIPOC writers and scholars with the settlement from her discrimination lawsuit. The conversation touches on grief, racism and misogyny, attachment to problematic objects, second chances at love, th…
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Sarah Hollowell is a writer based in Indiana. Sarah’s debut novel, A Dark and Starless Forest, is a YA contemporary fantasy story centered on a family of foster sisters learning about their magic, until suddenly they start disappearing. In our conversation we talked about the difference in process between short stories and novels, how her novel por…
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ADDITIONAL INFO Selected Work by Doreen Wang with Rachel Zucker et al., “Commonplace goes to Taiwan,” Part 1 and Part 2. with Mish Liang Hsu, 一年的告白/ Dos Salidas. “The roadmap of regret, curiosity and sound: How I decided to make a podcast with my dying mother,” CommonWealth Magazine. “The Kundiman 2018 Series, Pt. 1,” Racist Sandwich. "The Analects…
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Ayesha Raees is a poet and hybrid artist based in New York, Miami, and Lahore. In her debut book of poetry, Coining a Wishing Tower, she explores death, grief, culture, religion, separation, and return in a hybrid form that is part poetry, part narrative, part fable, and entirely remarkable. In our conversation, we talked about her book, her writin…
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Anahid Nersessian is a professor and critic based in Los Angeles, CA. In her latest book, Keats’s Odes: A Lover’s Discourse, Anahid takes the reader through close readings of John Keats’s six Great Odes, providing cultural context and explicating their themes of sexual violence, melancholy, and the seductiveness of beauty. More than that, though, t…
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For this installment of the KTCO Book Club, writer and podcaster Maggie Tokuda-Hall joins us to discuss Susanna Clark’s 2020 novel Piranesi. A relatively slim volume, Piranesi is surprisingly difficult to summarize but, like its labyrinthine setting, with patience and attention the book will reveal its profound beauty and kindness. (Conversation re…
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Books and Selected Other Work by Douglas Kearney BOOKS / COMPOSITIONS Sho (poetry, Wave Books, 2021) Fodder, with Val Jeanty (poetry LP, Fonograf Editions, 2021) Starts Spinning (poetry Chapbook, Rain Taxi, 2020) Buck Studies (poetry, Fence Books, 2016) Someone Took They Tongues. 3 Operas (libretti, Subito Press, 2016) Mess and Mess and (poetry and…
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There’s a way in which the end of a serious relationship can shake your entire concept of yourself, and through your grief you have to find yourself again. Yanyi’s latest book of poems, Dream of the Divided Field, braids poems about heartbreak and implied emotional violence with poems about transition and immigration. Each has a similar but distinc…
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Books by Torrey Peters Detransition, Baby (One World, 2021) Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones (self-published, 2016; revised edition forthcoming from Penguin Random House, 2022) The Masker (self-published, 2016; revised edition forthcoming from Penguin Random House, 2022) Also Referenced Topside Press The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transge…
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ADDITIONAL INFO Books and Selected Other Work by Camille Dungy POETRY Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan University Press, 2017) Smith Blue (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011) Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010) What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006) NON-FICTION Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into R…
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ADDITIONAL INFO Books and Selected Other Work by Judy Grahn POETRY Hanging on Our Own Bones (Red Hen Press, 2017) Love Belongs to Those Who Do the Feeling: New & Selected Poems (1966-2006) (Red Hen Press, 2008) The Queen of Swords (Beacon Press, 1987) The Queens of Wands (Crossing Press, 1982) The Work of a Common Woman: Collected Poetry (1964–1977…
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Books and Selected Other Work by Jason Schneiderman Hold Me Tight (Red Hen Press, 2020) Primary Source (Red Hen Press, 2016) Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2016) Striking Surface: Poems (Ashland Poetry Press, 2010) Sublimation Point (Four Way Books, 2004) “Nothingism: A Poetry Manifesto” in The American Poetry Review (April 2…
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Books and Projects Everything Below the Waist: Why Healthcare Needs a Feminist Revolution (2019) Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care (2008) Our Bodies Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era (2005), Contributing Editor Ms. Magazine (founded 1972), former Editor Other Texts & People Mentioned in the Episode Heather Co…
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Arielle Greenberg writes and teaches poetry, creative nonfiction and cultural studies. Her most recent books are I Live in the Country & Other Dirty Poems (Four Way, 2020) and the creative nonfiction book Locally Made Panties (Ricochet Editions, 2016); her fifth collection of poetry, Come Along with Me to the Pasture Now, is forthcoming. She is co-…
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