Sheen reads Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's famous poem, My Country Awake,
at a rally for Appalachia in Nelsonville, Ohio. Martin
Sheen reads My Country Awake by Rabindranath Tagore
Allen Ginsberg, the beat poet and social activist, talks with Don Swaim about work, poetry, politics, drugs, sex, censorship, and more in this 1985 interview. Ginsberg reads "The Warrior" and portions of "Howl" and "Moloch."
Anderson spent nearly seven years as a hostage in Beirut during the Lebanese
civil war. Listen as he reads the poems he wrote while imprisoned.
Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, and The Heart of a Woman, tells how poetry cured her muteness, how she writes in the autobiographical and poetical style, and how she means "we" when she writes "I" in this 1987 interview with Don Swaim.
Frank Bidart, author of The Book of the Body, Desire, Golden State, In the Western Night, and The Sacrifice, has received the Bobbitt Prize and nominations for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critic's Circle Award.
Poet, novelist, essayist, teacher, and author of A DryWhite Season, The Wall of the Plague, and An Act of Terror, André Brink talks to Don Swaim about writing in two languages, apartheid and oppression in this 1985 interview.
Robert Creeley, recipient of the Frost Medal, has published more than sixty books of poetry and was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Creeley talks to Don Swaim about his life, the Black Mountain writers, letter writing, and his migration from prose to poetry in this 1984 interview.
James Dickey, decorated fighter pilot, U.S. poet laureate, and author of the novel Deliverance, talks to Don Swaim about advertising, being on welfare, hunting, drinking and writing in this 1981 interview. Dickey reads his poem, "The Voyage of the Needle."
Dodd is Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio University and the long-time
editor of the influential literary journal The
Richard Sater reads selections from Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass"
Richard Stevens reads a few of his favorite classic English poems, including poetry by Blake, Burns, Byron, Donne, Herbert, Hunt, Keats, and Shakespeare.
Eloise Klein Healy reads Artemis in Echo Park, The Pea Hens, From Los Angeles Looking South, and more of her poems.
Lynn Emanuel, author of The Dig, Hotel Fiesta, and Then, Suddenly is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize Award for her poem "inside gertrude stein" and the winner of the National Poetry Series Award for The Dig.
Amy Hempel is a poet and fiction writer, author of Tumble Home, Unleashed: Poems By Writers' Dogs, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, and Reasons to Live, and a Guggenheim Fellow.
Mark Halliday reads a few of his poems, including Already in 1927, Winchendon, and Green Canoe.
a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Dave
Smith reads fifteen of his poems
The Aeneid - Book IV - Driven by fate to seek a new land for himself, his family, and the survivors of Troy, Aeneas abandons Carthage and his lover Dido... Valahfridus (Wilfried) Stroh reads Virgil's The Aeneid in Latin
The Iliad is the story of a raging anger and its human toll. The poem recounts "the rage of Achilles," the greatest of the Greek heroes fighting in the war against Troy. Listen to Stanley Lombardo read Homer's The Iliad - Book I in Ancient Greek.
Compson Sater reads
Pinsky, U.S. Poet Laureate (1997-2000), reads three of his poems:
Bonnie Proudfoot reads a few of her poems.
Allyn Rosser reads her poetry. Rosser teaches in the creative writing program
of Ohio University.