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Bay Poets
Mondays at 7:19 am and 3:48 pm, Saturdays at 6:04 am

A weekly poetry segment featuring Bay Area poets reading their own poems in their own voices. Launched in February 2022, the segment was created and produced by KALW News Editor Shia Levitt. Since January 2023, the segment has been produced and hosted by veteran local poet Josiah Luis Alderete, who is also the co-owner of Medicine For Nightmares book shop and event space in San Francisco's Mission District.

Latest Episodes
  • Bay Poets
    Playwright, essayist and poet Jose Vadi gives us a genuine tactical rumination on this pesky thing we call "tech."
  • Bay Poets
    Reyna OG is a Poet, Artist, Mama, life adventurer, born to La Misión and raised in Richmond now Living in Berkeley. Reyna writes to heal ancestral, childhood, and mujer wounds along with full Spanish poems to convey a love lived and lost in the language my heart felt it.
  • Bay Poets
    To send off this Poetry Month Guy Biederman is here to give us the inside scoop on some of the strange social proclivities of those beings known as poets.
  • Bay Poets
    Carlos Quinteros III is a poet with an occasional stutter, stumbling through language, living in San Francisco/the ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone People. He is the managing editor and one of the poetry editors for The Ana, a literary magazine based in the Bay area.
  • Bay Poets
    soledad con carne is a casually queer, intergalactic Oakland, Ohlone-based chicanx punk poet, working, poor multiple high school drop-out bookstore lackey, poet laureate of the San Fernando Valley, and blatant smoker sharing-trauma-with-their-mother.
  • Bay Poets
    Dr. Naomi Helena Quiñonez, Chicana poet, educator and activist, is the author of three collections of poetry: Hummingbird Dream/Sueño de Colibri, The Smoking Mirror and The Exiled Moon.
  • Bay Poets
    US-born Punjabi poet Taneesh Kaur does the brave thing and allows us into her North American experience with her poem "Living on the edge of Ohio with Kentucky."
  • Bay Poets
    Today eco griot and abolitionist Ashia Ajani reads us an excerpt from her powerful and luminous poem "Durag"
  • Bay Poets
    Maw Shein Win reading us her poem "The Grisham House". This poem will be featured in Maw's upcoming poetry collection "PERCUSSING THE THINKING JAR."
  • Bay Poets
    Bay Area poeta Flavia Elisa Mora celebrates queer brown love by reading us an excerpt from her poem.