Audio Poetry and Books

Naropa Poetics Archive

(AUDIO) – Over 800 programs of poetry readings, classroom workshops and performances of mostly post-WWII American poetry, from the Beats to Language poetry and beyond, but also many lectures covering the history of poetry. The recordings were made at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, founded in 1974 by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg.

The list below shows at a glance many of the poets whose talks are available in the collection. It’s not comprehensive, but it covers those with more than one entry (for example, there are over 100 Allen Ginsberg programs). It does not include all theme programs, panel discussions, faculty readings and tributes. (For those without a link, copy the name, click the link to the Naropa collection, then search from there.)

Keith Abbott
Kathy Acker – 1979 reading w/Michael Brownstein pt 1; pt 2
Helen Adam (photo) – 1979 lecture pt 1
Jane Augustine – on Clarice Lispector pt 1; pt 2
Amiri Baraka – on speech, rhythm, sound and music
Gregory Bateson – on consciousness and psychopathology
Dodie Bellamy
Bill Berkson
Charles Bernstein
Mei Mei Bersenbrugge – 2001 reading pt 1
Robin Blaser – Where’s Hell?; Irreparables
Lee Ann Brown
Michael Brownstein
William S. Burroughs, Jr.
William S. Burroughs, Sr. – lecture
Reed Bye
Don Byrd
John Cage – Empty Words, pt 1; Empty Words pt 2
Jim Carroll – plays recordings of his songs, pt 1
Steve Clay, publisher of Granary Books
Andrei Codrescu – surrealism
Jack Collom
Clark Coolidge – jazz lecture; on Samuel Beckett
David Cope
Gregory Corso
Robert Creeley
Fielding Dawson
Diane Di Prima
Ed Dorn
Rikki Ducornet
Robert Duncan – 1976 lecture ‘Warp and Woof’, pt. 1; pt. 2
Kenward Elmslie
Clayton Eschleman – on translating Aime Cesaire
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Kathleen Fraser
Benjamin Friedlander on Paul Celan
Alan Gilbert
Allen Ginsberg – on Russian Futurists, w/Ann Charters; and more
John Giorno
James Grauerholz
Robert Grenier
Barbara Guest – a tribute
Joy Harjo
Carla Harryman
Bobbie Louise Hawkins
Lyn Hejinian
Anselm Hollo
Bob Holman
Lisa Jarnot
Jazz – lectures and performances
Pierre Joris – Poems for the millennium, pt 1 of 4
Jack Kerouac
Kevin Killian
Kenneth Koch
Joanne Kyger
Steve Lacy and Irene Aebi
Vladimir Mayakovski – lecture by Andy Clausen, pt 1
Bernadette Mayer
Michael McClure
Meredith Monk performance
LeRoy Moore
Thurston Moore performance
Harryette Mullen
Eileen Myles
Alice Notley
Peter Orlovsky
Simon Ortiz
Jena Osman
Ron Padgett
Michael Palmer – 2002 lecture; reading pt 1; pt 2
Alexs Pate
Julie Patton
Bob Perelman
Majorie Perloff
Wang Ping
Ezra Pound – diPrima on Pound
Kristin Prevallet
Carl Rakosi – reading his interview, 1987
Margaret Randall
Tom Raworth
Joan Retallack – lecture: Stein’s influence on John Cage
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Elizabeth Robinson
Jerome Rothenberg – lectures on ethnopoetics and shamanism
Peter Rowan
Sonia Sanchez
Ed Sanders
Leslie Scalapino
Andrew Schelling
Eleni Sikelianos
Harry Smith – Native American cosmos – 07/08/90; 07/15/90; 07.22.90;
Cajun Music; The Rationality of Namelessness
Gary Snyder
Juliana Spahr
Cole Swenson
Warren Tallman
Steven Taylor – several lectures on music
Lorenzo Thomas
Edwin Torres
Chris Tysh
Cecilia Vicuna
Anne Waldman – on women writers
Lewis Warsh
Peter Warshall – on animal sounds
Marjorie Welish – 2001 lecture, The Lyric Lately
Philip Whalen
Jim White
Peter Lamborn Wilson
John Yau
And more…
See also Ron Silliman

The Other Minds Archive contains many programs of poetry, primarily by practitioners of Sound Poetry – Charles Amirkhanian, Bob Cobbing (photo), Henri Chopin, Bernard Heidsieck, etc.



(AUDIO) – Recorded readings of classic literature. Many works are also available in their original language. Here I’ve made a selection of Modernist works using a single reader. This list is not representative of the variety of books available from LibriVox – from ancient classics to children’s books, and more popular authors such as Jane Austin and Mark Twain. These works are in the Public Domain and for many the text version is also available on Internet Archive.


Joseph Conrad – The Point of Honor
T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land
Theodor Fontane – Effi Briest (in German)
Sigmund Freud – Dream Psychology; Reflections on War and Death
G.W.F. Hegel – Introduction to the Philosophy of History
Aldous Huxley – Crome Yellow
Karl Marx – Eleven Theses on Feuerbach; Wage-Labour and Capital; The Communist Manifesto
Nietzsche – The Twilight of the Idols
Ezra Pound – Cathay
Santayana – Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy
Gertrude Stein – Tender Buttons
Wallace Stevens – Poems
Virginia Woolf – Night and Day

See other sub-collections for Audio Books and Poetry.

Jordon Zorker

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