The Subvocal Zoo

The Subvocal Zoo: Episode 3 – Dorothea Lasky

Poetry Northwest
‘s monthly podcast series, The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets during the 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle. Each episode will feature lively conversation between writers in a different Seattle location.

Episode 3 features Ed Skoog interviewing Dorothea Lasky. Their conversation takes place at the Hiram Chittenden Locks in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. It’s a typically steely Seattle afternoon. Topics of discussion include poetry in education, Shelley and Eminem, salmon ladders, and carbonated beverages. And here is a creature that will be discussed but not seen during the interview:

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Dorothea Lasky is the author of four full­-length collections of poetry: ROME (Liveright/W.W. Norton), as well as Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, all out from Wave Books. She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project, from Ugly Duckling Presse. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in New York City. Find more work from her on the web at and follow her on Twitter @DorotheaLasky.

Ed Skoog is the author of two collections of poetry, Rough Day and Mister Skylight, both published by Copper Canyon Press. He lives in Seattle, and is a host, with J. Robert Lennon, of the Lunchbox podcast. You can find more work from him on the web at and follow him on Twitter @Ed_Skoog.

Lasky photo croppedRead “Diet Mountain Dew,” introduced by Lasky, at Poetry Northwest online.

Future episodes of The Subvocal Zoo will feature Timothy Donnelly, Robert Hass, and Zach Savich.

This project is supported in part by a successful Indiegogo campaign! Thank you to all those who have helped to get the series off the ground. Thank you, as well, to all of the editors and staff of Poetry Northwest who helped to conceive the project, and especially Elizabeth Cooperman, Carrie Kahler, Matthew Kelsey, and Katharine Ogle.

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