Podcasts: Writers in the Attic

Writers in the Attic, hosted by Meredith Clermont-Ferrand, is the radio program and podcast which serves as another media outlet for the work that we do at Connecticut Review.

The program broadcasts distinctive programming that informs, enlightens, inspires and entertains audiences. Presently the show is broadcast from Eastern Connecticut State University.

Spring 2009

Writers in the Attic host Meredith Ferrand brings all of CT Review's readers and listeners the best the journal has to offer. This spring, our podcast features award-winning poet Maria Gillan. Maria will read her poem "In Second Grade," which is a detailed character sketch of teacher committed to corporal punishment where Gillan expertly captures a child's perception of the carceral state that public school can be. Her next poem, almost a flash fiction piece, "Jacob's Department Store" plays with the metaphor of shoes as a symbol for civilization. And finally, Maria's poem "26" which is a visceral vignette describing literal and metaphorical travel. Then, Vanita Neelakanta reads excerpts from her essay "Where Eyes are Watching God: Milton's Court Masque as Divine Theater, "an essay about John Milton's masque Comus. Neelakanta experiments with the intersection of the divine and human gaze and ultimately questions-who is watching who? Then Eastern Connecticut State University's own Dan Donaghy reads his poems "Tug of War" and " Bruce Springsteen at Aeaea." Finally, Oz Hardwick reads poems from the spring 2009 issue of CT Review and gives us a bonus OzFest of his Yorkshire poetry.

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Spring 2009 (mp3 - 48MB)

Fall 2008

In the fall 2008 issue Connecticut Review there was a special section on Native American writers. To reflect that focus of the journal, Writers in the Attic is fortunate to have Dr. Meredith James read her essay "Cross-Currents in Native American Literary Studies." In this essay, Dr. James explores the multiplicity of theoretical perspectives NA writers and scholars use when unpacking the richness and diversity of native literature. Writers in the Attic favorite Oz reading from Carrying Fire a selection entitled "Hotel Windows." In that spirit he also reads for us his poems Halstead Street Market, Good Morning America, and The Cats of Greenwich Village.

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Fall 2008 (mp3 - 51MB)

Spring 2007

For the Spring 2007 edition of Writers in the Attic we are privileged to broadcast a number of noted poets featured in the Spring 2007 issue of Connecticut Review. Marianne Taylor brings you a cold and bleak northern New Jersey outlook, through her poem that focuses on the catholic devotion to Easter day, called Easter Duty. Then Ruth Rosenthal reads her tour de force poem Coming in Second and Kim Bridgeford reads Moss-Covered Landscape and Leatha Kendrick gives us No Reason at all.

Also featured in the spring 2007 edition of Writers in the Attic is Central Connecticut State University own Ravi Shankar. University of Virginia Gregory Orr calls Ravi's collection of poems entitled Instrumentality: "Quirky, quizzical, inquisitive . . . [and] in quest of what the oddness of language and imagination can reveal . . . Ravi's reads his work Manatee, Armadillo, Straw Barn, Bumblebee, Sounds, and Mink.

And finally, acclaimed British poet Oz Hardwick reads his poems "Book Lover" and "Night Driving in American Werewolf Country."

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Spring 2007 (mp3 - 56MB)