NER Out Loud animates stories and poetry with vocal performances, celebrating the artistic exchange between text and voice. NER Out Loud is the official podcast of the New England Review
Episode 17: Jesse Lee Kercheval with Rebecca Amen
Jesse Lee Kercheval reads her essay "Crash," followed by a conversation with Rebecca Amen. The short essay interrogates the author's memory of a shocking car accident that took place more than 50 years ago. In the interview, Kercheval further explores the nature of memory, essay writing in general, and her work as a translator of Uruguayan poetry.
"Crash" was originally published in NER 42.2 (summer 2021). This episode was produced by Rebecca Amen, Middlebury College class of 2022.
Episode 16: Michael McGriff with Yardena Carmi
Michael McGriff reads an excerpt from his poem "Questions for the Interrogation," followed by an interview with Yardena Carmi. Their conversation explores the poem's tribute to rural Oregon and Pablo Neruda, the limitations of memory and language, and McGriff's work as a translator.
This excerpt from "Questions for the Interrogation" was originally published in NER 42.1 (spring 2021). The episode was produced by Yardena Carmi, Middlebury College class of 2023.
Episode 15: Zach Linge & Celeste Levy
Celeste Levy reads the poem "Offered as Suddenly a Forest" by Zach Linge.
The reading is followed by a conversation between Celeste and Zach, who talk about the poem from both the reader's and the writer's points of view. They explore the origins of the poem's images, writing during the pandemic, and the shades of truth that poetry can reveal.
Episode 14: McKenna Marsden with Madison Middleton
Madison Middleton reads from the short story "Suffering in Motion" by McKenna Marsden, followed by a conversation between reader and writer.
The story was originally published in NER in spring 2020. Episode hosted by Carolyn Kuebler, Editor of NER.
Episode 13: Jessie van Eerden & John Freeman
Hosted by Courtney Wright, this episode features an essay by Jessie van Eerden, "A Story of Mary and Martha Taking in a Foster Girl," and an interview with the author, followed by a poem by John Freeman, "Columbine and Rue."
"A Story of Mary and Martha..." was originally published in NER 40.3 and is read by Francis Price.
"Columbine and Rue" was published in NER 41.1 and is read by Nimaya Lemal.
Episode 12: 4 UK poets
Hosted by Simone Edgar Holmes, this episode presents four poems from NER's special feature on contemporary poets from the UK, edited by Marilyn Hacker.
Shazea Quraishi reads "Elegy"; Seni Seneviratne reads "A Girl in the Woods"; Naomi Foyle reads "Made from Fibres Not Readily Penetrated"; and Sasha Dugdale brings it home with "Chair No. 14."
All of these poems can be found at www.nereview, issue 41.2.
Super soothing highly entertaining
Stories are well read, the sound is clear and well put together. It’s really great if you have a project and want a dynamic podcast that sort of just tells you stories. All different kinds of writing forms and styles.