In The Margins E13: We do it for Love, Sonnets from Tate Street and the Favorite Poem Project

Thank You! Over six months of “In the Margins”!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed the first 6 months of podcasts with us “In the Margins.” We’ve had some inspiring conversations with editors like Jeff Shotts from Graywolf Press, Crystal Simone Smith of Backbone Press, and Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers Magazine. We’ve learned what it takes to get into a prestigious program like NC State’s Masters of Fine Arts in Creative writing from professors in poetry and fiction, Dorianne Laux and John Kessel. We’ve spoken with several poets and writers about their work, including breaking news about Therese Anne Fowler’s bestseller Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and its adaptation into an Amazon TV series.

We’re so glad you’ve listened along with us, and we hope you will continue to share in our conversations as we forward with the show.  Let us know what you think! Have an idea for someone you want us to interview? Want to point us to your favorite short story, novel, or poem?  Let us know!

Coming up next on the podcast…

In fact, we’d like to bring to you an exciting endeavor that Tate Street has been working on diligently for the past several months. As part of our monthly episodes, we are thrilled to be airing documentaries from our work with the Favorite Poem Project.

For many of you, this might sound familiar. In Episode 6: Tate Street goes to AWP, we unveil the project, and then in Episode 9, we showcase Hayan Charara reading “Out, Out—“ by Robert Frost. These short, comfortable bursts of poetry are complemented by the reader’s personal connection to the poem. Some readers talk about the honesty of fear in parenthood, the watershed moment in which one realized that they could be a poet, the search for love across distance and boundaries of culture or space—these stories all take place in the Favorite Poem Project Documentaries that we will bring to you on “In the Margins.”

Don’t worry, our in-depth interviews will alternate with our FPP segments. Most of all, though, we are happy to be able to share a broad range of voices, experiences, and viewpoints through this partnership. We invite you to gather and share this podcast with your fellow writers, family, and friends.

Finally, Ray, the whole team of “In the Margins,” Tate Street, and I would like to thank you again for this incredible first six months! Keep writing!

E13 Sonnets: Readings for the Favorite Poem Project by Sandra Beasley and Oliver de la Paz

Sandra Beasley reading “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Oliver de la Paz reading “Bright Star” by John Keats

Sonnets suggested by “In the Margins” Listeners:

  • Beckie Dashiell: Kim Addonizio’s “First Poem for You”
  • Ross White: Donald Justice’s “Mrs. Snow”
  • Lamar Wilson: “The White House” by Claude McKay
  • Terry Kennedy: “Southern Pastoral” by Natasha Trethewey
  • Crystal Simone Smith: “Persephone, Falling” by Rita Dove
  • Chelsea from Facebook: “Golden Retrievals” by Mark Doty
  • John Mallard: Holy Sonnets 10 and 14 by Donne, “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Miranda Propst‪: William Shakespeare’s “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day”
  • Julia Patt,@chidorme on twitter: Gwendolyn Brooks’ “the sonnet-ballad”
  • ‪Kristine Lee‪: “God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • ‪Sarah White‪: Christina Rossetti, “In an Artist’s Studio”
  • ‪Meghan McGuire:‪ Edna St. Vincent Millay: “Time does not bring relief; you all have lied”

Thank you to everyone who participated! For a full list, take a look at the show notes or visit the episode page at We hope you will share more of your favorite sonnets with us in the comments below, and on Twitter and Facebook.

Don’t forget, also, to share your “Self-love Sonnets” with us on this episode’s page, or send us an email at

Next episode: Guest Jeffery Lependorf!

We’ll be speaking with Jeffery Lependorf, Executive Director of America’s two national service organizations for independent literary publishing: the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and Small Press Distribution. We hope you’ll join us. Until then, thanks for listening, and as always, Keep Writing!

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