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Vanessa Angélica Villareal

Listen to Vanessa Angélica Villareal read from her poems and talk deeply and passionately about the development of her book Beast Meridian. We were moved by her rigorous, precise, and poetic mind and we know you will be too. If you’ve already read Beast Meridian, you will love hearing Villareal dive into portions of it. If you haven’t yet, you’re going to want to.

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal is the author of Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series 2017), a recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, a Kate Tufts Discovery Award nomination,  and winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. She is a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellow, and has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, The Boston Review, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She is working on a poetry and essay collection while raising her son in Los Angeles.

S3:E3 What We’ve Unleashed Has Found Us, California Poets and the Fire

Poets read their poems about fire and talk to host Farnaz Fatemi about writing them. With Lisa Allen Ortiz, Carmen Fought, Terri Drake, Nicelle Davis, Maggie Paul, Roxi Power Hamilton, and Charles Atkinson.  If you missed it on KSQD, the show can be found in podcast form, here for example. A few things we mention: <a href="http://&lt;!– wp:paragraph –> <p>: <a href=""></a> Bonny Doon video with Lisa’s poem: <a href=""></a> Creached at </p> Suzanne Simard, Lisa’s poem with fire video, and Terri Drake’s poetry collection which is called At the Seams. Furthermore: Carmen Fought can be reached at: ,Charles Atkinson can be reached at and Roxi Power can be reached at

S3:E2 Kim Scheiblauer

Julie Murphy interviews Kim Scheiblauer about her forthcoming book of poems “The Visitant” with a guest appearance of fellow Bee Dion O’Reilly!  Don’t miss these great poems and lively conversation about myth, place and the ineffable. Listen here.

The Visitant by Kim Scheiblauer.  Published soon by Hummingbird Press

S2: E36 The End Is Near—a Year Reviewed in Poems

Billy Butler introduces a range of poets who contribute poems about ‘The End’ — the end of the year, the end of good and bad things, times of transitions, and more.

Contributing poets in the order they appear:
Colin Drohan – Elliott Sky Case -José Diaz -Prince Bush – Joumana Altallal- Nathan Blansett – Kim Harvey – Dana K – Mac Axton – Nathan Xavier Osorio – Kevin Bertolero – Isaac Williams – Billy Butler – Tim Dlugos (archival audio recording)
The Poetry Project’s New Year’s Day Marathon
Archival audio recording of Tim Dlugos provided by PennSound at the University of Pennsylvania
New York Diary by Tim Dlugos forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press in January
Background audio track: “Rising Tide” Kevin MacLeod ( ) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License