Alex Green: Break No Hearts

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Alex Green
, author, most recently, of Emergency Anthems and editor of Stereo Embers, comes on the show for a chat about these things and a great deal more. Come on in and catch some of his infectious enthusiasm!

We close the show with one of Alex’s poems, “Let the Song Play,” sung by Robb Benson. For more music, check out the Emergency Anthems playlist via Largehearted Boy.

Follow Alex on Twitter: @EMBERSEDITOR

And his publisher, Brooklyn Arts Press: @BAP_Books

The Poetry & Cruelty Hotline, Vol. 10



ElliottLogoOne final, loaded dispatch of poems and cruelties for the year! Come on in and hear what Travis Nichols, Ada Limón, Matthew Pennock, Allison Kistenbroker, Paige Taggart, Jackie Clark, Mike Krutel, Ladan Osman, Erika L. Sánchez, Bridget Talone, Lauren Hunter, Laura Swearingen-Steadwell, and Sampson Starkweather have to tell you! Look for a new Hotline next April, and new episodes here between now and then! Ada’s poem first appeared in Dream The End Jackie’s poem first appeared in smoking glue gun Ladan’s poem first appeared in Narrative Erika’s poem is forthcoming in Diode Bridget’s poem fist appeared in White Elephant

The Poetry & Cruelty Hotline, Vol. 9

ElliottLogoThe Easter bunny has returned to his home planet, but he left us an egg full of poems and tales of cruelty from Daniel Scott Parker, Abigail Zimmer, Patrick Samuel, Joshua Young, Layne Ransom, Alexis Pope, Amy Lawless, and Tara Boswell.

Daniel’s poem first appeared in Columbia Poetry Review.

Abigail’s poem is forthcoming in Jellyfish.

Layne’s poem first appeared in Big Lucks.

Amy’s poem first appeared in Hyperallergic.


The Poetry & Cruelty Hotline, Vol. 7

ElliottLogoIt’s time for another fat sack of poems & cruelties, brought to you this week by Sabrina Orah Mark, Nathan Hoks, Chad Chmielowicz, Clay Banes, Carolyn Zaikowski, Jess Grover, Wendy Xu, and Michael Robins. Enjoy! More to come!

Sabrina’s poem first appeared in Typo.

Do you like that Mountain Goats song? Go buy the album, available in a variety of formats. Be warned: you can’t hold and smell the digital version. FYI.

The Poetry & Cruelty Hotline, Vol. 6

ElliottLogoHappy National Poetry Month! The Poetry & Cruelty Hotline is open once again. Our first installment features poems and cruelties from Whitney Holmes, Caryl Pagel, Shane McCrae, Natalie Shapero, Alisa Heinzman, and Seth Parker, who, in his way, Rickroll’d us. Look for new installments every week of April!

Shane’s poem first appeared in iArtistas. The Emily Dickinson poem that Alisa read can be found in this beauty.

Talus, Or Scree Archive Release No. 1: Either Way We’re Celebrating with Sommer Browning and Backup Singers

Sommer Browning prior to recording Talus or Scree.

Sommer Browning prior to recording Talus or Scree.

A while back we switched servers, which caused us to lose some of our earlier episodes. To right this wrong and ensure these great episodes are available for old and new listeners alike, we will be doing archival releases over the coming months. We will kick things off with poet (find her first book here), comic artist, librarian, mother, comedienne her book of President jokes was published by Future Tense Books), Twitter extraordinaire, and, as you’ll hear here, creator of our awesome logo, Sommer Browning. Bonus: Sommer’s new book Backup Singers will be available soon from Birds, LLC. Be sure to get yourself a copy!

Plus, Pookahontas eulogizes R.E.M.!

We will run one more Archive release in March, before bringing back The Poetry & Cruelty Hotline. Once April passes we will continue with these archival releases and new episodes.

Our apologies to our past guests who got lost in the server shuffle. We hope you think of these releases as a low-rent form of time travel.


The Poetry & Cruelty Hotline, Vol. 5


One last cruelty shower before the cruel flowers of May, which lead to June’s cruelest ice cream. Gather ’round, gather ’round, Bianca Stone, Ben Pease, Sara Renee Marshall, Rickey Laurentiis, John Most, Carrie Oeding, Jeffrey Allen, Holly Amos, and CAConrad have poems and stories to sing to you.


The Poetry & Cruelty Hotline, Vol. 4


We’re back! In honor of National Poetry Month we are re-opening The Poetry & Cruelty Hotline. We have many great guests in store for you. The first installment for 2013 features Philip Sorenson, Michelle Taransky, Gary Jackson, Frank Sherlock, and Lauren Shapiro. Poems and cruelties abound! Come on in! And keep checking back. We have more to come throughout April.


You Know You Want It: December 3rd


Shameless self promotion alert! My new poetry chapbook, Horse Ballast, is available from Pavement Saw Press. It’s only nine dollars! Paypal info(AT) or send them a check, and let them know which collection you want. Buy some other titles while you’re there!

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I guess regular old radio—commercials and all—still exists? Beats me. I haven’t listened to that old-timey contraption in nearly a year. These days, it’s all about the XM. I’m a music nerd. XM welcomes—nay, embraces—that nerdom. I have my Outlaw Country—the only thing I have in common with Peyton Manning beyond large foreheads. I have my Prime Country, a slice of 80s and 90s genre staples and forgotten gems. 60’s on 6? Sure. And there’s a host of 90s alternative stations that will get me wallowing in nostalgia. But that’s just me. XM has around 200 channels or so—I haven’t gotten through all of them yet, actually. And there is bound to be about 20 or so that you’re going to love. So stop listening to the local yahoos on their corny morning program, the same loudmouths who always think it’s a good idea to play “Radar Love” at the drop of a hat. Get something that’s worth listening to.

Ash and Alchemy: A Conversation with Megan Kaminski

Megan Kaminski, author of Desiring Map and a heap of chapbooks, pipes in from Kansas to discuss Guy Fieri, basketball, meeting Pete Sampras, suburban terror, and more. She also reads poems from Desiring Map and her next manuscript!