The Subvocal Zoo

The Subvocal Zoo: Episode 6 – Timothy Donnelly

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 features lively conversation between writers in a different Seattle location.


Episode 6 features Timothy Donnelly in conversation with Justin Boening. Their conversation takes place on the streets of downtown Seattle between the Washington State Convention Center and the Central Library, and then in a quiet room inside the library. Topics of discussion include religious speech, translation, chaos and order, and paranormal activity.

Timothy Donnelly’s poem, “The Earth Itself,” is read and discussed during the interview.

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Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebensziet (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010), winner of the 2012 Kinglsey Tufts Poetry Award. With John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O’Brien he is coauthor of Three Poets, published by Minus A Press in 2012. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Harvard Review, Harper’s, Iowa Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Poetry and elsewhere. He is a recipient of The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Poetry Award as well as of fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the New York State Writer’s Institute. He is a poetry editor for Boston Review and lives in Brooklyn.

Justin Boening is Associate Editor for Poetry Northwest.

This is the final episode of the first series of The Subvocal Zoo. Thank you to all of the writers who spent time with us: Dan Beachy-Quick, Amy Glynn, Robert Hass, Richie Hoffman, Johnny Horton, Dorothea Lasky, and Ed Skoog.

We will return with more author interviews in the Spring of 2015. In the meantime, stay tuned: we may have a few special episodes to share. And if you’ve enjoyed what we’ve done here, we hope you’ll consider supporting us as we plan the second series. Visit the Donate page at our website, or keep an eye on Facebook for the most up-to-date information on how you can help!

This series is supported in part by a successful Indiegogo campaign! Thank you to all those who have helped to support the series. 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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