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Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People)

Rachel Zucker

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Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People)

Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People)

Rachel Zucker

25
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40
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Intimate and compelling interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and other artists. Become a Patron & support our growing podcast! www.patreon.com/commonplacepodcast

Latest Episodes

Episode 88: Global Roll Call, Part 3

In this third installment of the “Global Roll Call” series, former Commonplace guests Alicia Jo Rabins, Molly Peacock, Darcey Steinke, Layne Browne, Stephanie Burt, John Biewen, Kristin Prevallet, DA Powell, Bernadette Mayer, Rosa Alcalá and Rita Dove as well as three Commonplace listeners share personal updates on their experiences with working more, working less, focus, distraction, escapism, healing, meditation, dreams, collage, yoga, herbal medicine, writing by hand, the apocalyptic novel, and much more with host Rachel Zucker.

102 minJUN 4
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Episode 88: Global Roll Call, Part 3

Episode 87: Global Roll Call, Part 2

ECommonplace listeners and former Commonplace guests Nick Flynn, Erika Meitner, Sabrina Orah Mark, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and Alicia Ostriker share personal updates on their experience with the COVID 19 outbreak with host Rachel Zucker. Topics include 12 step programs, homeschooling, looking for work, walking, the importance of taking care of yourself and others, and so much more. Original music by “Incidental Exercise” featuring Jay Hammond, Yair Rubinstein and Joe Westerlund. Former Commonplace guest Jenifer Croft closes the episode with a translation of a piece by Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk.

79 minMAY 23
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Episode 87: Global Roll Call, Part 2

Episode 86: Global Roll Call, Part 1

ECommonplace listener Hannah and former Commonplace guests David Trinidad, Alice Notley, John Murillo, Tina Chang, Ada Limón, Cathy Park Hong and M. NourbeSe Philip share personal updates on their experience with the COVID 19 outbreak with host Rachel Zucker. They discuss where they are, who they’re with, and how they’re doing. Topics include; caring for children, worrying about fascism, living along, 9/11, AIDS, anti-Asian/Asian-American racism, and finding the indigenous language of the cosmos. Music by Jay Hammond and the band Trippers & Askers. M.NourbeSe Philip concludes the episode with a reading of a new piece “Covidian Catastrophes.”

60 minMAY 13
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Episode 86: Global Roll Call, Part 1

Episode 85: The Craft of the Literary Interview

Mike Sakasegawa, host of Keep the Channel Open, was scheduled to moderate a panel at this year’s annual AWP Conference called “The Craft of the Literary Podcast Interview,” featuring Rachel Zucker of Commonplace, Dujie Tahat of The Poet Salon, and David Naimon of Between the Covers. Due to the coronavirus, Mike and the panelists ended up having to cancel their appearance at the conference, which makes it all the sweeter to be able to bring you this podcast version of our panel. In this wide-ranging conversation, Rachel, Dujie, David, and Mike talk all about the “hows” and the “whys” of interviewing, including the importance of establishing rapport with our guests, questions about the ethics of interviewing, and what the role of the host ought to be. Podcasts by the Panelists Keep the Channel Open Between the Covers The Poet Salon

123 minAPR 10
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Episode 85: The Craft of the Literary Interview

Episode 84: M. NourbeSe Philip

Host Rachel Zucker speaks with poet, playwright, novelist and anti-racist activist M. NourbeSe Philip the day after Philip received the 2020 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature in New York. Rachel begins by asking M. NourbeSe about a line in her acceptance speech: “Being must be sufficient and not contingent.” They talk about “Sawubona,” a greeting used by Zulu and other African cultures, meaning “I see you,” and discuss why M. NourbeSe calls motherhood a form of radical hospitality with organizing principles that stand in critical opposition to those of white supremacy and colonization. M. NourbeSe talks about a healthy distrust of the English language and the impact of a colonial education—for instance, being tested on Wordsworth’s daffodils on her exams when she had never seen one—and the poem she wants to write about Trinidad and Tobago’s golden Poui trees instead. M. NourbeSe also describes the feeling of working at the margins or brink of vi...

95 minMAR 25
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Episode 84: M. NourbeSe Philip

Episode 83: Darcey Steinke

ERachel Zucker speaks with Darcey Steinke about her recent genre-fluid memoir, Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of the Natural Life. Steinke describes her first hot flash, how she came to be fascinated by female killer whales and how important it is to see the changes associated with menopause not as symptoms of disease but as signs of transitioning into a new phase of leadership and power. Steinke talks about how memoirs by trans writers were especially helpful for her when searching for a book to help her through this life transition. Steinke talks about how she began to think of herself as a creature/animal, back surgery, stuttering, faith, going toward brokenness rather than perfection, her mother, her spiritual practices, singing, the authentic self, and why she doesn’t think trying to stay the same is a very good strategy.

82 minMAR 4
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Episode 83: Darcey Steinke

Episode 82: Maggie Nelson

Rachel Zucker speaks to poet, critic and professor Maggie Nelson about her new manuscript-in-progress, what it feels like to have written two unusually successful small press books, her (non) relationship to the internet, going on tour, book parties, what it’s like to be in the role of mentor and how that changes her relationship to her mentors, the sadistic edge of being a student, why she only writes about people she likes and hardly writes reviews, freedom and care, ways of demonstrating compassion, suspending reactivity, spiritual practice, midlife notions of emancipation, motherhood, how to develop methodologies to combat the anxiety of aging, how to honor various states (and ages) of knowing, whether libretory or emancipatory projects are a young person’s game, what is not transmittable across generations, disentanglement vs. entanglement, lucidity, and so much more.

104 minFEB 13
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Episode 82: Maggie Nelson

Episode 81: Commonplace goes to Taiwan, Part 2

Episode 81 is part two in the story of Commonplace’s March 2019 journey to Taiwan. For the first time in Commonplace herstory, the episode is not hosted by Rachel Zucker and is, instead, guided by Commonplace producer and social media director, Doreen Wang. The episode opens with a brief history of Taiwan and is followed by conversations that Rachel and Doreen had with two highly-regarded independent bookstores in the Taipei area. At Brilliant Time Bookstore, they speak with Mr. CHANG Cheng about viewing Taiwan in relationship to its neighboring Southeast Asian countries and in relationship to the many Southeast Asians living inside of Taiwan. They also speak about Mr. CHANG’s lifelong dedication toward building a fair and just society in Taiwan, no matter the island’s future. At FemBooks, Rachel and Doreen speak with its manager LI Xiumei (Sophie) and KANG Min Jay, a professor at National Taiwan University’s Graduate Institute of Building and Planning. Both talk about how they ...

64 minJAN 27
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Episode 81: Commonplace goes to Taiwan, Part 2

Episode 80: Commonplace goes to Taiwan, Part 1

In 2019, Rachel traveled to Taiwan with her son Moses and met up with Commonplace team member Doreen Wang. In a conversation with Moses, Rachel discusses why they traveled to Taiwan in the first place and her late mother Diane Wolkstein’s special connection to the country. In a separate conversation, Doreen talks about why she chose to return to Taiwan after living in New York City for many years. This is the first of a two-part series that takes place in Taiwan. The second part, featuring conversations with booksellers in Taipei, will post soon.

94 minJAN 21
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Episode 80: Commonplace goes to Taiwan, Part 1

Episode 79: Christine Larusso

Rachel Zucker speaks to poet and Commonplace producer Christine Larusso about Christine’s newly released poetry collection, There Will Be No More Daughters. They talk about how the manuscript changed over the years and even after it was accepted for publication. Larusso describes winning the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize and the ancestral research she did during that residency. Larusso talks about the difficulty of protecting her writing life, her decision to move back to her hometown of Los Angeles, and her decision to be childfree. Zucker and Larusso talk about East Coast v. West Coast and the evolution of their relationship from teacher-student to boss-employee to friends.

96 min2019 DEC 18
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Episode 79: Christine Larusso

Latest Episodes

Episode 88: Global Roll Call, Part 3

In this third installment of the “Global Roll Call” series, former Commonplace guests Alicia Jo Rabins, Molly Peacock, Darcey Steinke, Layne Browne, Stephanie Burt, John Biewen, Kristin Prevallet, DA Powell, Bernadette Mayer, Rosa Alcalá and Rita Dove as well as three Commonplace listeners share personal updates on their experiences with working more, working less, focus, distraction, escapism, healing, meditation, dreams, collage, yoga, herbal medicine, writing by hand, the apocalyptic novel, and much more with host Rachel Zucker.

102 minJUN 4
Comments
Episode 88: Global Roll Call, Part 3

Episode 87: Global Roll Call, Part 2

ECommonplace listeners and former Commonplace guests Nick Flynn, Erika Meitner, Sabrina Orah Mark, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and Alicia Ostriker share personal updates on their experience with the COVID 19 outbreak with host Rachel Zucker. Topics include 12 step programs, homeschooling, looking for work, walking, the importance of taking care of yourself and others, and so much more. Original music by “Incidental Exercise” featuring Jay Hammond, Yair Rubinstein and Joe Westerlund. Former Commonplace guest Jenifer Croft closes the episode with a translation of a piece by Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk.

79 minMAY 23
Comments
Episode 87: Global Roll Call, Part 2

Episode 86: Global Roll Call, Part 1

ECommonplace listener Hannah and former Commonplace guests David Trinidad, Alice Notley, John Murillo, Tina Chang, Ada Limón, Cathy Park Hong and M. NourbeSe Philip share personal updates on their experience with the COVID 19 outbreak with host Rachel Zucker. They discuss where they are, who they’re with, and how they’re doing. Topics include; caring for children, worrying about fascism, living along, 9/11, AIDS, anti-Asian/Asian-American racism, and finding the indigenous language of the cosmos. Music by Jay Hammond and the band Trippers & Askers. M.NourbeSe Philip concludes the episode with a reading of a new piece “Covidian Catastrophes.”

60 minMAY 13
Comments
Episode 86: Global Roll Call, Part 1

Episode 85: The Craft of the Literary Interview

Mike Sakasegawa, host of Keep the Channel Open, was scheduled to moderate a panel at this year’s annual AWP Conference called “The Craft of the Literary Podcast Interview,” featuring Rachel Zucker of Commonplace, Dujie Tahat of The Poet Salon, and David Naimon of Between the Covers. Due to the coronavirus, Mike and the panelists ended up having to cancel their appearance at the conference, which makes it all the sweeter to be able to bring you this podcast version of our panel. In this wide-ranging conversation, Rachel, Dujie, David, and Mike talk all about the “hows” and the “whys” of interviewing, including the importance of establishing rapport with our guests, questions about the ethics of interviewing, and what the role of the host ought to be. Podcasts by the Panelists Keep the Channel Open Between the Covers The Poet Salon

123 minAPR 10
Comments
Episode 85: The Craft of the Literary Interview

Episode 84: M. NourbeSe Philip

Host Rachel Zucker speaks with poet, playwright, novelist and anti-racist activist M. NourbeSe Philip the day after Philip received the 2020 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature in New York. Rachel begins by asking M. NourbeSe about a line in her acceptance speech: “Being must be sufficient and not contingent.” They talk about “Sawubona,” a greeting used by Zulu and other African cultures, meaning “I see you,” and discuss why M. NourbeSe calls motherhood a form of radical hospitality with organizing principles that stand in critical opposition to those of white supremacy and colonization. M. NourbeSe talks about a healthy distrust of the English language and the impact of a colonial education—for instance, being tested on Wordsworth’s daffodils on her exams when she had never seen one—and the poem she wants to write about Trinidad and Tobago’s golden Poui trees instead. M. NourbeSe also describes the feeling of working at the margins or brink of vi...

95 minMAR 25
Comments
Episode 84: M. NourbeSe Philip

Episode 83: Darcey Steinke

ERachel Zucker speaks with Darcey Steinke about her recent genre-fluid memoir, Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of the Natural Life. Steinke describes her first hot flash, how she came to be fascinated by female killer whales and how important it is to see the changes associated with menopause not as symptoms of disease but as signs of transitioning into a new phase of leadership and power. Steinke talks about how memoirs by trans writers were especially helpful for her when searching for a book to help her through this life transition. Steinke talks about how she began to think of herself as a creature/animal, back surgery, stuttering, faith, going toward brokenness rather than perfection, her mother, her spiritual practices, singing, the authentic self, and why she doesn’t think trying to stay the same is a very good strategy.

82 minMAR 4
Comments
Episode 83: Darcey Steinke

Episode 82: Maggie Nelson

Rachel Zucker speaks to poet, critic and professor Maggie Nelson about her new manuscript-in-progress, what it feels like to have written two unusually successful small press books, her (non) relationship to the internet, going on tour, book parties, what it’s like to be in the role of mentor and how that changes her relationship to her mentors, the sadistic edge of being a student, why she only writes about people she likes and hardly writes reviews, freedom and care, ways of demonstrating compassion, suspending reactivity, spiritual practice, midlife notions of emancipation, motherhood, how to develop methodologies to combat the anxiety of aging, how to honor various states (and ages) of knowing, whether libretory or emancipatory projects are a young person’s game, what is not transmittable across generations, disentanglement vs. entanglement, lucidity, and so much more.

104 minFEB 13
Comments
Episode 82: Maggie Nelson

Episode 81: Commonplace goes to Taiwan, Part 2

Episode 81 is part two in the story of Commonplace’s March 2019 journey to Taiwan. For the first time in Commonplace herstory, the episode is not hosted by Rachel Zucker and is, instead, guided by Commonplace producer and social media director, Doreen Wang. The episode opens with a brief history of Taiwan and is followed by conversations that Rachel and Doreen had with two highly-regarded independent bookstores in the Taipei area. At Brilliant Time Bookstore, they speak with Mr. CHANG Cheng about viewing Taiwan in relationship to its neighboring Southeast Asian countries and in relationship to the many Southeast Asians living inside of Taiwan. They also speak about Mr. CHANG’s lifelong dedication toward building a fair and just society in Taiwan, no matter the island’s future. At FemBooks, Rachel and Doreen speak with its manager LI Xiumei (Sophie) and KANG Min Jay, a professor at National Taiwan University’s Graduate Institute of Building and Planning. Both talk about how they ...

64 minJAN 27
Comments
Episode 81: Commonplace goes to Taiwan, Part 2

Episode 80: Commonplace goes to Taiwan, Part 1

In 2019, Rachel traveled to Taiwan with her son Moses and met up with Commonplace team member Doreen Wang. In a conversation with Moses, Rachel discusses why they traveled to Taiwan in the first place and her late mother Diane Wolkstein’s special connection to the country. In a separate conversation, Doreen talks about why she chose to return to Taiwan after living in New York City for many years. This is the first of a two-part series that takes place in Taiwan. The second part, featuring conversations with booksellers in Taipei, will post soon.

94 minJAN 21
Comments
Episode 80: Commonplace goes to Taiwan, Part 1

Episode 79: Christine Larusso

Rachel Zucker speaks to poet and Commonplace producer Christine Larusso about Christine’s newly released poetry collection, There Will Be No More Daughters. They talk about how the manuscript changed over the years and even after it was accepted for publication. Larusso describes winning the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize and the ancestral research she did during that residency. Larusso talks about the difficulty of protecting her writing life, her decision to move back to her hometown of Los Angeles, and her decision to be childfree. Zucker and Larusso talk about East Coast v. West Coast and the evolution of their relationship from teacher-student to boss-employee to friends.

96 min2019 DEC 18
Comments
Episode 79: Christine Larusso
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