A Livestreaming Poetry Reading and Podcast

We’re bringing the magic of the Rattle Reading Series into your pockets with the weekly Rattlecast. Part interview, part reading, part open mic, it’s a casual way to hangout with Rattle editor Timothy Green and all of our friends in poetry around the world. The Rattlecast livestreams every Tuesday night at 9pm EDT / 6pm PDT. Please go to our YouTube channel and click “Subscribe.” An audio-only version is available on Soundcloud and various podcasting apps—search for “Rattle Poetry” on yours.

If you’d like to join the open mic, there are two options:

1) Download the Skype app, and send a chat message to Tim during the first half of the show and he’ll call you back during the open mic portion of the evening.

2) Send in a poem ahead of time. Record the poem on your phone or computer, and then send it to us through Submittable, along with the text of the poem, so we can put it on screen. Be sure to include an introduction in the recording: say your name, where you’re “calling” from, and anything you want to say about the poem before starting, and then read the poem as you would at an open mic. If your recording addresses a certain upcoming poet, put their name in the submission title so that we see it.

Remember that these poems will be broadcast and archived in audio and video, so you might want to stick to poems that have already been published—use this as a way to celebrate your magazine publications and to advertise your books.

Note that the audio files below are lightly edited for better listening, cutting out the delays between callers.


Latest Episode

Episode 9 of the Rattlecast features Rattle #65 contributor Alexandra Umlas and her debut book At the Table of the Unknown, which, according to David Hernandez, is “deft, attentive, and often turn the quotidian into moments steeped in mystery.” For more information on Alexandra and to order her books, visit her website.


Upcoming Schedule

(9pm EDT / 6pm PDT unless otherwise noted)

September 24 – Al Ortolani – Hansel and Gretel Get the Word on the Street
October 1 – Jamey Hecht – Dodo Feathers
October 29 – Francesca Bell – Bright Stain
November 19 – Nickole Brown – To Those Who Were Our First Gods




Ep. Guest Video Audio
#9 Alexandra Umlas YouTube SoundCloud | mp3
#8 Kat Lehmann YouTube SoundCloud | mp3
#7 Kim Dower YouTube SoundCloud | mp3
#6 Richard Gilbert YouTube SoundCloud | mp3
#5 Pavana Reddy YouTube SoundCloud | mp3
#4 Elizabeth S. Wolf YouTube SoundCloud | mp3
#3 David Berman Tribute YouTube SoundCloud | mp3
#2 Lynne Thompson YouTube SoundCloud | mp3
#1 Benjamin Aleshire YouTube SoundCloud | mp3