Listening: 27 Podcasts for Poets & Writers

leafI love listening to podcasts, particularly of great storytellers talking about their craft. Here are a few of my favorites that inspire me to keep up the soulful  work of being a writer. If you’re feeling in need of some inspiration, take your pick of these remarkable interviews with some of the best storytellers and creative thinkers of our time:

  1. NPR’s On Being interview with the great poet Mary Oliver, “Listening to the World”
  2. NPR’s On Being interview with Rilke scholar Joanna Macy, “A Wild Love for the World”
  3. NPR’s On Being interview with poet Marie Howe, “The Poetry of Ordinary Time”
  4. NPR’s On Being interview with writer Paolo Coelho, “The Alchemy of Pilgrimage”
  5. NPR’s On Being interview with storyteller Dave Isay, “The Everyday Art of Listening
  6. NPR’s Morning Edition: “Memoir Project Gives Tips For Telling Your Story”
  7. The TED Radio Hour on The Source of Creativity
  8. The TED Radio Hour on The Act of Listening
  9. The TED Radio Hour on Framing the Story
  10. NPR’s “Fresh Air Remembers Poet and Memoirist Maya Angelou”
  11. NPR’s Fresh Air interview with memoirist Jaqueline Woodson
  12. NPR’s Fresh Air interview with author Toni Morrison
  13. NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday interview with writer Aimee Bender
  14. NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday interview with writer Lauren Groff
  15. NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday interview with writer Cheryl Strayed
  16. NPR’s All Things Considered interview with novelist Nicole Krauss
  17. NPR’s All Things Considered interview with writer George Saunders
  18. NPR’s All Things Considered interview with author Percival Everett
  19. NPR’s All Things Considered interview with Zadie Smith
  20. NPR’s All Things Considered interview with novelist Anthony Doerr
  21. NPR’s Morning Edition interview with Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
  22. NPR’s The Diane Rehm show interview with Joyce Carol Oates: “The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming Of Age”
  23. NPR’s The Diane Rehm show interview with writer Neil Gaiman: “Trigger Warning”
  24. NPR’s The Diane Rehm show interview with writer Alice McDermott: “Someone”
  25. NPR’s The Diane Rehm show interview with writer Heidi Julavits: “The Folded Clock”
  26. WBUR’s interview with writer Lorrie Moore, “On Writing and a Very Crowded Life”
  27. WBUR’s Dear Sugar Radio with Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, “How Do I Survive the Critics?”

Please feel free to add your suggestions in the comments for other great storyteller podcasts.

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