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NBN Episodes hosted by Jen:

Terence Degnan, "Still Something Rattles"  (Sock Monkey Press, 2016)

December 23, 2016

Still Something Rattles

Terence Degnan
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

I had the pleasure of interviewing poet, Terence Degnan while he sat on a bench in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. For those unfamiliar, we refer to Sunset not…

Margaret Bashaar  "Some Other Stupid Fruit: A Problematic Feminist Narrative"  (Agape Editions, 2016)

November 30, 2016

Some Other Stupid Fruit

Margaret Bashaar
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

What is the best way to be a feminist? What is the best way to be a poet, a musician, or a painter? As a woman, what is the best way to be a friend to…

Anthony Cappo, "My Bedside Radio" (Deadly Chaps Press, 2016)

November 26, 2016

My Bedside Radio

Anthony Cappo
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

The "coming of age narrative" will never lose its allure because we are constantly drawn back to the moments that shaped us into the adults we are tod…

Amanda Deutch, "Pull Yourself Together: The Gena Rowlands Poems" (Dancing Girl Press, 2016)

November 23, 2016

Pull Yourself Together

Amanda Deutch
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

In Pull Yourself Together: The Gena Rowlands Poems (Dancing Girl Press, 2106), Amanda Deutch reminds us of the current and historic importance of the …

July Westhale  "The Cavalcade"  (Finishing Line Press, 2016)

November 15, 2016

The Cavalcade

July Westhale
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

Where personal history and shared history intersect, we are left with the figures of memory and myth. These poems seek to reclaim the portions of pers…

Noah Stetzer, "I Could See Needing a Knife"  (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016)

November 12, 2016

I Could See Needing a Knife

Noah Stetzer
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

I am not going to lie to you, dear reader, this collection will require you to be fully present. With each layer of the speaker that is revealed, you …

Ashaki Jackson,  "Surveillance" (Writ Large Press, 2016)

November 9, 2016


Ashaki Jackson
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

Now in its fifth printing of a very short life, Ashaki Jackson's Surveillance examines the relationship between acts of violence, the witnessing of vi…

Heidi Czerwiec, "Sweet/Crude: A Bakken Boom Cycle" (Gazing Grain Press, 2016)

November 6, 2016


Heidi Czerwiec
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

With a genre-bending hybridity that Czerwiec is well-known for, Sweet/Crude: A Bakken Boom Cycle (Gazing Grain Press, 2016) takes the structure of a h…

Roy Guzman, "Restored Mural for Orlando/Mural Restaurado Para Orlando" (Queerodactyl Press, 2016)

November 3, 2016

Restored Mural for Orlando

Roy Guzman
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

After the enormity of our loss had been calculated, Guzman started writing. Drawn to the page to process his grief and to understand in the best way p…

Fox Frazier-Foley and Erin Elizabeth Smith, "Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity" (Sundress Publications, 2016)

June 20, 2016

Political Punch

Fox Frazier-Foley and Erin Elizabeth Smith
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

Readers gather around: Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity (Sundress Publications, 2016) is an anthology for a new era. …

Janice A. Lowe, "LEAVING CLE: Poems of Nomadic Dispersal" (Miami UP, 2016)

May 16, 2016


Janice A. Lowe
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

"Poems of Nomadic Dispersal" This latter phrase in the title of Janice A. Lowe's new book--LEAVING CLE: Poems of Nomadic Dispersal (Miami Universit…

Rodrigo Toscano, "Explosion Rocks Springfield" (Fence Books, 2016)

May 10, 2016

Explosion Rocks Springfield

Rodrigo Toscano
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

What is explosion? What does language look like when it mimics a gas leak, a bang, or rubble? What does language look like when it orbits other sounds…

Tina Escaja, "Free Fall/Caida libre" (Fomite Press, 2015)

February 16, 2016

Free Fall/Caida libre

Tina Escaja
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

Tina Escaja's, Free Fall/Caida libre, translated by Mark Eisner (Fomite Press, 2015), is an exceptional example of poetry in translation as artistic c…

Mary Meriam, Lillian Faderman, Amy Lowell, "Lady of the Moon" (Headmistress Press, 2015)

December 17, 2015

Lady of the Moon

Mary Meriam, Lillian Faderman, and Amy Lowell
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

In Lady of the Moon (Headmistress Press, 2015), the reader is graced not only with the poetry of Amy Lowell, but with sonnets in response and a schola…

Marisa Crawford, "Big Brown Bag"  (Gazing Grain Press, 2015)

November 3, 2015


Marisa Crawford
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

Winner of the Gazing Grain 2015 Chapbook contest, BIG BROWN BAGby Marisa Crawford is our final Chapbookapalooza installment. And what a way to end a g…

Anders Carlson-Wee, "Dynamite" (Bull City Press, 2015)

October 31, 2015


Anders Carlson-Wee
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

Dynamite (Bull City Press, 2015) is transit distilled. Anders Carlson-Wee's poems employ movement as mechanism and movement as reverence in a journ…

Lynn Strongin, "The Burn Poems"  (Headmistress Press, 2015)

October 27, 2015

The Burn Poems

Lynn Strongin
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

When Denise Levertov called Lynn Strongin a "true poet," she recognized an awareness that transcended the young poet's age. This very human awareness …

Alexis Rhone Fancher,  "State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies"  (KYSO Flash Press, 2015)

October 25, 2015

State of Grace

Alexis Rhone Fancher
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

Alexis Rhone Fancher's State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies (KYSO Flash Press, 2015) is not an "easy" collection. This is not a group of poems that you …

Hope Wabuke,  "Movement No. 1: Trains" (Dancing Girl Press, 2015)

October 21, 2015


Hope Wabuke
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

The poem fragments in Hope Wabuke's Movement No. 1: Trains (Dancing Girl Press, 2015) function more as meditations than portions of a whole. They medi…

Lauren Gordon,  "Fiddle is Flood"  (Blood Pudding Press, 2015)

October 13, 2015

Fiddle is Flood

Lauren Gordon
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

In her macabre pastoral landscape Fiddle is Flood (Blood Pudding Press, 2015), Lauren Gordon conjures up a persona far-reaching enough to grapple with…

Tim Tomlinson, "Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse" (Finishing Line Press, 2015)

October 10, 2015


Tim Tomlinson
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

Think of a place you have visited and to which you feel a connection. Now think of that place in utter ruin and devastation mere months later. You fee…

Metta Sama,  "le animal and other creatures" (Miel Press, 2015)

October 7, 2015

le animal and other creatures

Metta Sama
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

As pleasing to the eye as it is to the ear the contents of Meta Sama's le animal and other creatures (Miel Press, 2015) remind us that creativity take…

Suzanne Bottelli, "The Feltville Formation" (Finishing Line Press, 2015)

October 5, 2015

The Feltville Formation

Suzanne Bottelli
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

When I first read Suzanne Bottelli's The Feltville Formation (Finishing Line Press, 2015), I was struck by the quietude and steadiness of the poems. O…

Ross White,  "How We Came Upon the Colony"  (Unicorn Press, 2014)

October 2, 2015

How We Came Upon the Colony

Ross White
Hosted by Jen Fitzgerald

With air-tight verse and talent for the surreal, Ross White invokes a sibling version of our world in his new collection How We Came Upon the Colony (…