The Poet and the Poem
|Running time||ca. 50 min.|
|Recording studio||Washington, DC|
|Website||Poet and the Poem|
The program was started in 1977 by the poet and playwright Grace Cavalieri. The program was first broadcast from WPFW in Washington, DC. Cavalieri brought the program to the Library of Congress in 1997. The programs archives are stored at the Gelman Library at George Washington University
The show regularly features interviews with writers from across the country. Poets featured have included Francisco Aragón, Margaret Atwood, Sandra Beasley, Lucille Clifton, Cornelius Eady, Forrest Gander, Allen Ginsberg, Terrance Hayes, Major Jackson, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Richard McCann, E. Ethelbert Miller, Naomi Shihab Nye, Linda Pastan, Kim Roberts, Henry Taylor, Emma Trelles, David Tucker, Dan Vera, and Alice Walker.
Given the program's longevity and its connection to the Library of Congress, Cavalieri has the distinction of having interviewed the most sitting poets laureate including Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Donald Hall, Ted Kooser, Stanley Kunitz, Howard Nemerov, Philip Levine, Robert Hass, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan and Charles Simic Mark Strand, and Richard Wilbur. The program has also featured interviews with the Witter Bynner Fellowship winners.
Recorded and engineered at the Library of Congress, the program is broadcast on public radio stations across the United States through the Public Radio Exchange and is also available as a free podcast from the Library of Congress website.
- Library of Congress press release, 2007 July http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2007/07-018.html
- Grace Cavalieri Papers Finding Aid, Special Collections Research Center, Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, The George Washington University