“Poetry is a shortcut to honest conversation, a way of getting past small talk to probe the spots where our culture is most sore.” – Ruth Franklin

Interesting People Reading Poetry is an independent podcast where artists and luminaries read a favorite poem and share what it means to them. We eschew disembodied academic analysis in favor of personal, emotional resonance. Guests include Representative Ilhan Omar, On Being host Krista Tippett, and MacArthur “Genius” entomologist Marla Spivak, among many others.

Using their favorite poem as a conceptual & linguistic framework, guests have explored questions including: ​What is the meaning of home to a refugee?What is God and what does God feel like?​;How can poetry save science from itself?; Why should we not steal the brown pills from Granny’s medicine cabinet?

We’ve been featured by the CBC Podcast Playlist, City Pages, Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota Monthly, the Poetry FoundationFlyover, and Millenials Don’t Suck.

Each episode is co-produced and edited by Andy Stermer & Brendan Stermer. Andy also composes all of our music. The voice from our intro is William Carlos Williams, speaking at Harvard in 1951As of April 2018, we publish one episode every month.

We feature one short listener poem at the end of every episode. To submit, call the Haiku Hotline at 612-440-0643 and read your poem after the beep. For the occasional prompt, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Contact us at interestingpeoplereadingpoetry@gmail.com.

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