Posts Categorized: The Bluecast

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Listen to “The Flock” by Rachael Peckham

Last year, Aimee Nezhukumatathil selected “The Flock” by Rachael Peckham as the winner of the 2016 1/2 K Prize. Click here to listen to Rachael read her prose poem on the IR Bluecast as you prepare your submission to this year’s 1/2 K Prize!

“The Flock” appears in Indiana Review 39.1, which was published in May 2017.

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Rachael Peckham is an associate professor of English at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and the author of the chapbook Muck Fire: Prose Poems, which won the Robert Watson Award at Spring Garden Press.  In addition to winning the 1/2 K Prize at Indiana Review, she is the 2016 winner of the Orison Anthology Nonfiction Award and the Crab Orchard Review Special Feature Literary Nonfiction Award. Rachael is currently at work on a collection of lyric essays, The Aviatrix, about flight and trauma.

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Listen to “autoportraits as cyborg” by Miriam Karraker

We are excited to feature Miriam Karraker’s “autoportraits as cyborg: in pain” and “autoportraits as cyborg: in device,” two pieces from her series as a special sneak peek into our upcoming Summer 2017 IR 39.1 Issue! Her poems are a part of the Metallic Grit Special Folio, where we explore what creates something or someone resilient and also investigate this hybridity—its multifaceted nature.

Click here to listen to “autoportraits as cyborg: in pain,” and click here to listen to “autoportraits as cyborg: in device.”

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Miriam Karraker is pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of Minnesota. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from DIAGRAM, BOAAT, TAGVVERK, Full Stop, 3:AM Magazine, Gigantic Sequins, and Gulf Coast

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Listen to “Five Kinds of Dolls” by Amy Blakemore

We are delighted to feature “Five Kinds of Dolls” on the Bluecast! This work of nonfiction appears in the IR 38.2 Winter 2016 issue.

Listen to Amy read “Five Kinds of Dolls” here.

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Amy Victoria Blakemore lives and works in Hartford, CT. Her short story “Previously, Sparrows” was the winner of the 2014 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize, and her work has also appeared in PANK, the Susquehanna Review, and Cleaver Magazine. She is a proud alum of the Kenyon and Tin House Summer Workshops. In addition to pursuing a Masters of American Studies at Trinity College, she is currently at work on her first novella. 

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Listen to 2 Poems by Paige Lewis

We are excited to feature “Every Wasp Inside You” and “So You Want to Leave Purgatory” on the Bluecast! These poems appear in the IR 38.2 Winter 2016 issue.

Listen to Paige read “Every Wasp Inside You” and “So You Want to Leave Purgatory” here.

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Paige Lewis is the 2016 recipient of The Florida Review Editors’ Award in Poetry. Their poems are forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. Paige lives and teaches in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Ross Gay Reads “His Father’s Wake” by Alicia Wright

As part of the 2016 Poetry Prize winner package, Ross Gay reads Alicia Wright’s winning poem “His Father’s Wake” on our Bluecast here. 

Here’s what judge Camille Rankine says about the winning poem: “What strikes me first about ‘His Father’s Wake’ is the unmoored energy of it. The phrases drift and crash into one another. They collide, they ricochet and spin away. These movements make a voice that is both wild and deliberate, steady and reckless in turn. The effect is captivating. I feel each shift and slow and quickening in my breath, in my heart’s beat.”

Listen to Alicia Wright read her poem here.