Poetry Spoken Here Episode #001 Featuring Al DeGenova

by Jack Rossiter-Munley

It's official! Poetry Spoken Here has arrived. Our first podcast was posted today featuring Chicago poet, Albert DeGenova.

Albert DeGenova, Feature of the first ever Poetry Spoken Here podcast.

Albert DeGenova, Feature of the first ever Poetry Spoken Here podcast.

Al is a prize-winning poet, editor, teacher, and blues saxophonist. He is the author of two books of poetry and three chapbooks, the most recent of which is, A Good Hammer (2014, a limited edition hand-made letterpress imprint from Timberline Press). He's a past editor of Roosevelt University's Oyez Review; in June of 2000 he launched the literary/arts journal After Hours, for which he continues as publisher and editor. DeGenova received his MFA in Writing from Spalding University, Louisville and teaches at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. He also co-leads the annual Norbert Blei Writing Workshop at The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.  For over 10 years, he has also been the co-host, with Nina Corwin, of the monthly Traveling Molly's Reading Series and was once a contributing editor to DownBeat magazine.

In addition to spending some time with Al, we investigate the popular Gwendolyn Brooks poem, "We Real Cool." Not only do we discover its actual title, we also hear about how the great woman intended for the poem to be read. If you want to hear her discuss how she imagined the poem to sound and hear her read it check out the podcast in our archives. Our next podcast will be posted on Friday, July 3rd. Until then, happy listening!