Our Featured Poet: Sean Thomas Dougherty
Sean Thomas Dougherty is a former high school dropout and factory worker. He grew up in a racially mixed family with a mother of Jewish/Okie descent and an African-American stepfather. A nationally reknowned performance poet he is the author of five books including the book of experimental prose, The Biography of Broken Things (2002 Mitkimitki Press) and Except by Falling, winner of the 2000 Pinyon Press Poetry Prize from Mesa State College and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Forthcoming titles include Toward a Choreography: New and Selected Poems and Performance Writings (2003 Mitki/mitki Press) as well as his edited collections Along the Lake: Contemporary Writing from Erie (2003 YeOldeFontshoppe Press) and the critical Maria Mazziotti Gillan (2003 Guernica Editions). He has appeared at numerous colleges and festivals including the Detroit Art Festival, the Connecticut Poetry Festival, the Lollapalooza Music Festival, LA's Beyond Baroque Literary Center, Carnegie Mellon U, Gannon U, and was a keynote reader at the 2001 Race in the Humanities Conference. His work appears in numerous anthologies including Like Thunder (2002 U of Iowa), American Diaspora (2001 U of Iowa), American Poetry: Next Generation (2001 Carnegie Mellon), and Identity Lessons (1999 Viking Penguin). He teaches at Penn State Erie.
For this feature, PoetryPoetry.com gives you two readings performed by Mr. Dougherty. The first of these is taken from the audio portion of an episode (recorded in 1994) of The Poetry Motel, a television series hosted by Charlie Rossiter in the mid-nineties. The second is a more recent reading (2001) given by Mr. Dougherty at the Changing Spaces Gallery in Albany, NY. that was hosted by Dan Wilcox.
Click here to stream all the audio selections.
Click here to stream the 1994 Poetry Motel interview.
Click here to stream the 2001 reading from the Changing Spaces Gallery.
Selections from The Poetry Motel Interview in 1994 Introduction (0:13 - 41k) Stream Download Taking Poetry Beyond Academic Walls (1:22 - 248k) Stream Download The Poetry Scene in Syracuse (1:32 - 278k) Stream Download Poetic Goals (1:35 - 286k) Stream Download Poem for Anthony, Otherwise Known as Head (1:19 - 237k) Stream Download At 2nd and Granite (2:39 - 479k) Stream Download A Poet's Tools (3:47 - 682k) Stream Download Introduction to The Mercy of Sleep (2:24 - 434k) Stream Download Tears for Saint Catherine (1:03 - 189k) Stream Download Untitled (0:53 - 161k) Stream Download Like the Wings of White Moss on Moonless Nights (2:05 - 494k) Stream Download On Our Journey to Avignon to Argue the Fate of the Church with the Pope (1:47 - 322k) Stream Download Reflections on the Saint Catherine's Installation (2:37 - 473k) Stream Download Far from the Banks of Jordan (2:14 - 405k) Stream Download Wrapping Up (1:12 - 217k) Stream Download
Selections from the Reading at the Changing Spaces Gallery in 2001 Dan Wilcox Introducing Sean Thomas Dougherty (0:50 - 151k) Stream Download A Trio of Poems from: The Body's Precarious Balance (6:20 - 1142k) Stream Download In (2:39 - 478k) Stream Download Clay (4:56 - 890k) Stream Download Towards Rosa Parks Boulevard (2:54 - 524k) Stream Download Dizzy and Miles (4:14 - 762k) Stream Download Zoot Suit (3:56 - 710k) Stream Download
The Body's Precarious Balance
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