A series of intimate and captivating interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and artists about quotidian objects, experiences or obsessions, Commonplace conversations explore the recipes, advice, lists, anecdotes, quotes, politics, phobias, spiritual practices, and other non-Literary forms of knowledge that are vital to an artist’s life and work. One feels, when listening to Commonplace, the pleasure of eavesdropping on the kind of unexpected, intriguing connections that only happen when interesting people sit together in a small room and talk about their real concerns and ordinary lives.

Episode 68: Live Reading w/ Calvocoressi, Falkner,  Gay  and Mark

Episode 68: Live Reading w/ Calvocoressi, Falkner, Gay and Mark

Live reading featuring Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Adam Falkner, Ross Gay and Sabrina Orah Mark hosted by Rachel Zucker at the Association of Writing Programs Conference in Portland, OR, on March 29, 2019. Includes a brief update on the state of the podcast and an invitation to leave a message on (347) 762-3405 with your comment, question, suggestion or friendly provocation about Commonplace. Please leave your message by April 24th!

Episode 69 will feature a Commonplace reading with Jericho Brown, Erika Meitner, TC Tolbert, Yanyi, Tommy Pico, Morgan Parker and Janine Joseph.


New Books by Commonplace Guests

Wild Milk by Sabrina Orah Mark (Dorothy, 2018)

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay (Algonquin, 2019)

Biographies for all the readers featured in this episode

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of Rocket Fantastic, Apocalyptic Swing (2009) and The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (2005), all from Persea Books. They are the senior poetry editor at Los Angeles Review of Books and teach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Adam Falkner is a poet, educator and arts and culture strategist. He is the author of Adoption (Winner of the 2017 Diode Editions Chapbook Award) and The Willies (forthcoming from Button Poetry, 2020), and his work has appeared in a range of print and media spaces including on programming for HBO, NBC, NPR, BET, in the New York Times, and elsewhere. A former high school English teacher in New York City’s public schools, Adam is the Founder and Executive Director of the pioneering diversity consulting initiative, the Dialogue Arts Project, and Special Projects Director for Urban Word NYC. He holds a Ph.D. in English and Education from Columbia University and has served as a lecturer at Vassar College and Columbia University’s Teachers College where he continues to facilitate professional development programming for educators across New York City.

Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019. He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin', in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press.  Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University.  

Sabrina Orah Mark grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BA from Barnard College, an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a PhD in English from the University of Georgia. She is the author of the book-length poetry collections The Babies (2004), winner of the Saturnalia Book Prize chosen by Jane Miller, and Tsim Tsum (2009), as well as the chapbook Walter B.’s Extraordinary Cousin Arrives for a Visit & Other Tales from Woodland Editions.  Her collection of stories, Wild Milk, was published by Dorothy in 2018.  Mark’s awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She lives in Athens Georgia with her husband, Reginald McKnight, and their two sons.

Episode 69: Live Reading with Brown, Joseph, Meitner Parker, Pico, Tolbert, and Yanyi

Episode 69: Live Reading with Brown, Joseph, Meitner Parker, Pico, Tolbert, and Yanyi

Episode 67: John Biewen

Episode 67: John Biewen