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May 14, 2019

Lisa Moore on Adrienne Rich

By: Rebecca McInroy

If I can write better poems I can live a better life. It’s a spiritual practice for me…it helps me figure out how to tell the truth. Which, reading Adrienne Rich also helps me do.”-Lisa Moore

Poet and professor Dr. Lisa Moore talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain and KUT producer Rebecca McInroy about the profound and urgent work of the poet and activist Adrienne Rich.

Moore reads Rich’s poem “What Kind of Times are These” and discusses various other works including one of her most famous poems “Diving Into The Wreck” from her book Diving Into The Wreck: Poems 1971-1972.

The conversation ranges from the depth of her poems to her work as a public intellectual and her role as a mother and civil rights activist.




March 22, 2020

Closet Recordings: William Stafford

As we all try to adapt to life during this pandemic, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain will add perspective and guidance through poetry. In the first of our special episodes of This is Just To Say titled, Closet Recordings, Fountain reads William Stafford‘s poem “For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid.”


March 11, 2020

Traci Brimhall

Poet and novelist Carrie Fountain talks with poet Traci Brimhall about how hard it is to write a love poem, let alone a funny one. They swap quotes and discuss living the life of a “poet,” and Traci reads her poem, “Love Poem Without A Drop Of Hyperbole In It.“


February 10, 2020

Hanif Abdurraqib

Poet and music writer Hanif Abdurraqib talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about his new book A Fortune For Your Disaster, following rabbit holes, and how he became a poet, on this edition of This Is Just To Say.  


August 22, 2019

Olivia Gatwood **Trigger Warning** Explicit Content and Adult Language

**Trigger Warning** This episode contains explicit content and adult language. Olivia Gatwood author of Life of The Party talks on This is Just To Say with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about her practice of reading poetry out loud while writing, taking a feminist look at true crime, embracing obsessions, and much more.   See […]


August 12, 2019

This is Just To Say-Tribute To Tony Hoagland

Listen back to a live taping of This is Just to Say with KUT’s Rebecca McInroy and Carrie Fountain as they welcome actor Richard Robichaux, scholar Dr. Carra Martinez, playwright Kirk Lynn, and poet August Huerta for a reading and tribute to the late poet Tony Hoagland.


June 21, 2019

José Olivarez

Poet José Olivarez reads his poem “Mexican American Disambiguation” from his new book Citizen Illegal, and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about his relationship to poetry, the complexity of identity, the practice of writing, his family, teaching and so so much more!


June 5, 2019

Stephanie Burt

In this episode of This is Just To Say producer Rebecca McInroy and Carrie Fountain talk with poet and poetry critic Stephanie Burt about gender and her experience transitioning, and the world of young adult fiction. Burt discusses her new book, Don’t Read Poetry Read: A Book About How To Read Poems, reads her poem […]


May 21, 2019

Chen Chen

On this edition of This is Just to Say the poet Chen Chen reads his poem “Poem” from his new book When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about craft, humor, and how he came to poetry.