Posts Categorized: The Bluecast

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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.



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.


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Listen to “His Father’s Wake” by Alicia Wright

“His Father’s Wake” by Alicia Wright will appear in 38.2 Winter 2016 issue. “His Father’s Wake” was the winner of the 2016 Poetry Prize selected by judge Camille Rankine.

Listen to her read “His Father’s Wake” here.



Originally from Georgia, Alicia Wright has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she recently earned her MFA. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Literary Review, Prelude, The Southeast Review, and New South, where she was the winner of the 2015 New Writing Contest. She lives and teaches in Iowa City, Iowa.


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Listen to “The Tough Part” by Allegra Hyde

“The Tough Part” by Allegra Hyde appears in 38.1 Summer 2016 issue.

Listen to her read “The Tough Part” here.


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Allegra Hyde’s first book, Of This New World, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award and will debut October 2016. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, as well as a notable mention in Best American Essays 2015. She has been awarded fellowships and grants from The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the National University of Singapore, the Jentel Foundation, The Island School, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission. A perpetual traveler, she recorded this story in Greece. For more about Allegra, visit


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Listen to Raena Shirali read “tristesse”


Raena Shirali’s great poem “tristesse” appears in Indiana Review 38.1, Summer 2016 Ghost theme issue. In this Bluecast, we have chosen to feature the poem both as text and recording; we believe that it is an especially unique opportunity to experience both the sonic and textual qualities of this poem.

Listen to Raena read her poem here.



girl with paisley hands sobs like a cherub. the courthouse has no lashes but we call it a person anyway. what we associate with smeared mascara. to say, “her expression was soft.” quiet girl children. mural on the elementary school wall of a single stick figure. smiling + looking down. looking like the girl you knew / saw on the news: missing: girl with training bra. girl with nude bra—nipples painted on. the question of breasts. her areolae goosebumped at your touch. girl with pot leaf for a mouth. every building shorter than the church steeples. sky fading gray to gray. how many men do not know where the girls have gone. something sticky, viscous on her glitter heels. heels not made to run from / in. tight leather & all that bullshit about straight teeth. take this woman to be especially not his in white, red, tell power how you really feel. tell him what she was wearing when you last saw her. communicate. you’re hysterical in your yellow room—a mind doesn’t just sail away. the sails on the horizon line look like a line of cocaine / you mean ghosts. you mean a line of cartoon girls in triangular dresses, just outlines floating up the coast—




Indian American poet Raena Shirali grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, where she currently lives and teaches English at College of Charleston. Her first bookGILT, is forthcoming in 2016 with YesYes Books, and her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, Four Way Review, Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, Tupelo Quarterly, Pleiades, and many more. Her other honors include a 2016 Pushcart Prize, the 2016 Cosmonauts Avenue Prize, recognition as a finalist for the 2016 Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, recognition as a finalist for the 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Prize in 2013. She will also be the Spring 2017 Philip Roth Resident at the Stadler Center for Poetry.