Attention all poetry fans. I need your help.

If you would like to understand WHY I want to do this please check back to my last post

I want to create a podcast dedicated to performance poetry. I don't want to just play performance poetry (we have Indie Feed for that and Mongo does better than I ever could, thats why I've donated to him) but there is so much more we can cover than just the poems themselves! While I would like the poems to stil be apart of the show I have a lot more ideas but I can't do this alone.

Firstly, I will come clean, I am not a professional audio engineer by any means. This podcast may be amatuerish, but technology is democratizing all mediums and I know can produce a show of sufficient quality to do service to what I hope will be stellar content. Secondly, I can't do this show on my own and that's why I am writing this post. First I will follow up with some ideas for the show, and then I will make my ask. Please send any notes to josh@linsr.com Here are a few different ideas I had for different episodes of one show all about poetry:

1. Interviews

I would love to get to talk to poets from all walks of life. Published, unpublished, amateurs and professionals. I want to talk to high school students and poet laureats. I want to know why they do what they do. Who inspires them. What their favorite poem (not of theirs) is. I want to know what their favorite piece by them is. I want them to read a poem on air. I want to give them a place to talk about their new book rather it is published by Write Bloody or printed out from their local Kinkos. Hell, I even want to freestyle or come up some sort of fun poetry games. The point is, I want to talk to people who are as passionate and more passionate about the space then I am. (Note, while writing this post I discovered #bloodyblank which is Derrick Brown's interview series with WB authors. I recommend you check it out on the WB youtube channel)

2. Major Event Coverage

I have never been to the National Poetry Slam, I have never been to the World Poetry Slam. I would love to know what those events are like and would love to be able to find out about them as easily as I can follow my college's basketball team on ESPN. I want to bring on the people who organize these events to promote them, talk to people who attend the events to get recaps, and talk to winners of these events (should they choose to participte). I don't just want the big events though. I want to know about collegiate slams, open mics, or random street performances. Wherever great people are slinging great poetry, I want to share that with the world.

3. Communities

I was lucky enough to live literally on the same street where Scott Woods hosts his wonderful open mic Writer's Block. That was all I knew of Columbus, OHs poetry scene but I know I was wrong. The fact is, most poets spend their time writing and not building websites and worrying about SEO which in this day in age makes them hard to find. I want to tackle different communities and really find out what makes their poetry scene so rich.

4. Poetry

Of course, I want to also share some great poetry. Prerecorded or read live on the air, I want to pamper your ears with sweet, sweet, performance poetry.

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg.


Here is what I need from you:

1. A Host

I am but a humble producer and while I will help prepare, guide shows, and probably even talk on mic, I would love to have a host or two that can tackle most shows with me. The time commitment will be up to you, but I would love to get someone with a strong voice and who is more knowledgable than me in this space. If this would interest you, please email me right away! I can only reasonably take on one host to start the show, but there will be plenty of opportunities to be a guest if the host position gets filled. If you have any questions about what this would entail please reach out to me.

2. Guests

Along with a gracious host, I think this kind of show would work best with guests to come and cover all of the topics I listed above. If you would be interested in doing an episode or two please don't hesitate to ask.

3. Poems

If I can really get this idea of the ground I will be needing alot of people willing to let me play their poems or to record poems to be used during the show. I don't need the best, I just need the willing. All poetry has merit and I want to give a voice to everyone. That's what this is all about afterall.

4. A few kind words

If I can get at least 10 people who tell me they would enjoy a show like this and would download and listen

I really want to start recording (either live episodes or a few test shows) around 6 weeks from now in mid March. I look forward to hearing from any of you. Please reach out to me at josh@lisnr.com with any questions or comments you may have. And spread the word to your friends!