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The University of Tulsa
Switchyard is a podcast for people hungry for eye-opening essays, moving fiction, soul-stirring poetry, and honest, thought-provoking conversation. Join us monthly for new content.
4 days ago
The Frontier: In Conversation with Dimiter Kenarov
In this episode, Ted Genoways speaks with Dimiter Kenarov about his transformation from snowboarder poet to journalist, and his return to Bulgaria where he has been observing a slow transformation that he describes as “the closing of the Bulgarian frontier." He wrote about this in the inaugural issue of Switchyard magazine. We had the opportunity to speak in person at the Church Studio in Tulsa, during the first annual Switchyard Festival in June.
Aug 4, 2023
Banned: In Conversation with Maia Kobabe
In this episode, Ted Genoways speaks with Maia Kobabe about eir book Gender Queer—how the book explores eir gender and sexual identity during eir childhood and teen years, eir discovery of non-binary identity, the book’s early positive reception, and how Kobabe has navigated the challenges of the last few years, as eir memoir became the most banned book in America. We had the opportunity to speak in person at the Church Studio in Tulsa, during the first annual Switchyard Festival in June where Kobabe was a keynote speaker.
Jun 2, 2023
In this Switchyard poetry exclusive, hear Natasha Trethewey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Poet Laureate of the United States, read her stunning and deeply felt sequence of poems that she wrote for the inaugural issue of Switchyard magazine about the legacy of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. https://natashatrethewey.com/
Jun 1, 2023
The World on Fire: In Conversation with Natasha Trethewey
In this episode, Ted Genoways speaks with Natasha Trethewey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Poet Laureate of the United States, about a stunning and deeply felt sequence of poems that she wrote for the inaugural issue of Switchyard magazine about the legacy of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. Those poems are available unabridged as an exclusive Switchyard poetry episode. We encourage you to listen to them in their entirety. https://natashatrethewey.com/
May 24, 2023
Tennessee Waltz: In Conversation with Art Spiegelman
In this episode, Ted Genoways, editor of Switchyard magazine, speaks with legendary comic book artist and writer Art Spiegelman about the attempt in Tennessee to ban his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus, about a legislative bill in Oklahoma that was designed to defend the book, how he became a free speech absolutist, and how he found his way back to the drawing table after a year consumed by controversy and outrage.