Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People)
Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People)
Rachel Zucker
Intimate and compelling interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and other artists. Become a Patron & support our growing podcast! www.patreon.com/commonplacepodcast
Episode 121: Fred Moten and Ronaldo Wilson - Part 2
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 Project at St Mark’s Church on May 24, 2023. Part one (ep 120) is a conversation about the performance. Part two (ep 121) is a recording of that performance. This reading took place at the Poetry Project at St Mark’s Church in New York City on May 24, 2023 and was recorded by the Poetry Project. (Audience audio was recorded on the same night and in the same location by Rachel Zucker.) Mixing and Mastering by Stephen Becker
Dec 28, 2023
1 hr 32 min
Episode 120: Fred Moten and Ronaldo V. Wilson
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 Project at St Mark’s Church on May 24, 2023. Part one (ep 120) is a conversation about the performance. Part two (ep 121) is a recording of that performance.
Dec 27, 2023
1 hr 33 min
Episode 119: Eugenia Leigh's Bianca (KTCO feed drop)
In this second Keep the Channel Open feed drop (check out our first, episode 113!), Rachel and Mike Sakasegawa discuss Bianca by Eugenia Leigh.
Dec 7, 2023
1 hr 40 min
Episode 118: Laurel Snyder
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 picture books, world building, getting things out rather than getting things down.
Nov 20, 2023
1 hr 30 min
Episode 117: Charif Shanahan & Safia Elhillo with Isaac Ginsberg Miller
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 Southwest Asians and North Africans.
Oct 30, 2023
1 hr 29 min
Episode 116: The Gathered Congregation
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 audience.   PODCAST: PLAY IN NEW WINDOW | TRANSCRIPT SUBSCRIBE:APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PODCASTS | AMAZON PODCASTSSUPPORT: PATREON | VENMO: @Rachel_ZuckerLinks, Bios, & Support InfoBryant Park Reading SeriesUniversity of MarylandLibrary of CongressWilliam MeredithKim NovakBMCCKGB reading seriesDavid LehmanStar BlackPaul RomeroSonia SanchezAllen Ginsberg’s “Sunflower Sutra”Phllyis Levin Matt YeagerDavid LehmanWill Harris’s Brother PoemJosé Oliverez’s Promises of GoldMartha Graham CrackerJustin Vivian BondPatty LuPoneBridget EverettKGB Bar ReadingRichard McCann Kinokuniya BookstoreWillam Blake’s “Ah! Sun-flower” June Jordan’s “Sunflower Sonnet Number 1"June Jordan’s “Sunflower Sonnet Number 2"Bios, in order of appearance:Jason Schneiderman is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Hold Me Tight (Red Hen, 2020). He is Professor of English at CUNY’s BMCC and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. His next collection, Self Portrait of Icarus as a Country on Fire, will be published by Red Hen Press in 2024. Cate Marvin's latest book of poems is Event Horizon (Copper Canyon Press, 2022). She teaches at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York and resides in Southern Maine. Her poems have recently appeared in The Kenyon Review.R. A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. New work has been featured by the Academy of American Poets, Ploughshares, Poetry, and National Public Radio—and his writing appears widely in international publications such as Poetry London and The Poetry Review. His honors include commendations from the Forward Prizes and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and Kundiman. Born in New Jersey, he lives in Brooklyn.Born in Shanghai, Lynn Xu is the author of And Those Ashen Heaps That Cantilevered Vase of Moonlight (Wave, 2022) and Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn, 2013) and the chapbooks: June (Corollary Press, 2006) and Tournesol (Compline, 2021). She has performed cross-disciplinary works at the MOCA Tucson, Guggenheim Museum, The Renaissance Society, Rising Tide Projects, and 300 S. Kelly Street. She teaches at Columbia University, coedits Canarium Books, and lives with her family in New York City and West Texas. Rachel Zucker is the author of a bunch of books, including, most recently, The Poetics of Wrongness. She is the founder and host of Commonplace and directrix of the Commonplace School of Embodied Poetics. She lives in Washington Heights, NY and Scarborough, ME and is mother to three sons.Please support Commonplace by becoming a patron here!Sign up for “Reading with Rachel,” the newest course in The Commonplace School for Embodied Poetics.
Oct 16, 2023
Episode 115: Moheb Soliman
Poet and interdisciplinary artist Moheb Soliman sits down with V Conaty at AWP in Seattle to talk about his debut collection HOMES, regionalism as a creative and critical practice, the poetics of the watershed, the “third coasts” of the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico, having a non-extractive relationship to place, immigrant, indigenous, and settler narratives of the Great Lakes region, timelessness vs. timeliness, and memory.
Sep 8, 2023
1 hr 12 min
Episode 114: Live & Embodied
Host Rachel Zucker talks with choreographer Hope Mohr about her dance Horizon Stanzas (inspired by Alice Notley's feminist epic The Descent of Alette), the live arts, performance and distributed leadership, and with writer Alyssa Harad about Mohr, Notley, performance, power, feminism and much more.
Aug 28, 2023
113: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
After a brief Commonplace update, Rachel shares episode 143 of Keep the Channel Open with host Mike Sakasagawa and guest Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. 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 every person. In our conversation, Nana and I talked about what satire and dystopia open up for him as a writer, why it’s important to him to implicate both the reader and himself in his work, and how he thinks about prison abolition. Then in the second segment, we talked about the seductive nature of success as an artist in a capitalist society.
Aug 7, 2023
1 hr 15 min
Episode 112: Gabrielle Octavia Rucker with V Conaty
Poet and teaching artist Gabrielle Octavia Rucker sits down with Commonplace producer V Conaty in Rachel's home in Washington Heights. They discuss Gabrielle's debut collection Dereliction, published last year by The Song Cave. The conversation wanders to being a self-taught writer, growing up, working odd jobs and then working for oneself, gnostic gospels, memes, the role of poetry in society, the end of capitalism, whether humanity should survive beyond our lifetimes, reanimating dodos, the politics of representation, and selling writing.
Jun 14, 2023
1 hr 56 min
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