5 Poetry and Literature Podcasts to Add to Your Listening Library

From long-form journalism to fiction series’ to how-to shows, podcasts provide education and entertainment on a wide range of topics. Poetry and literature are no exception. Whether you’re searching for your next favorite read or want to learn how to analyze a poem, check out some of our favorite podcasts from these genres. 


The Slowdown


Hosted by Major Jackson, acclaimed poet and author of six poetry books, The Slowdown publishes a new episode every weekday featuring a spoken word poem. This simple yet thoughtful format helps you easily incorporate poetry into your daily routine, since most episodes are under ten minutes long. Whether you listen while eating your breakfast, during a morning stroll, or on your way to work, The Slowdown is the perfect poetry podcast to start your day with. Support the show by making a one-time or monthly donation here


Poetry Off the Shelf


The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Off the Shelf, produced and hosted by Helena De Groot, features conversations with poets, exploring emotions, language, and the writing process. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned poet, learning about other writers’ backgrounds, inspirations, and creative practices can help you expand your perspective and grow in your poetry craft. 


Poetry For All


Poetry for Allis for those who already love poetry and for those who know very little about it.” If you want to learn more about poetry, this show is for you. English professors Joanne Diaz and Abram Van Egan read and analyze a poem in each episode, allowing you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the art of poetry. Listen to Poetry For All on Apple podcasts or directly through the show’s website. 


Black Chick Lit


If your friends politely decline to form a book club with you, join Mollie and Dani as they host Black Chick Lit twice a month. Featuring books written by and for Black women, Black Chick Lit stands out by bringing some much-needed representation to the literary podcast space. Dani and Mollie frequently host special guests, such as this panel of sci-fi fans and creators who  discuss the legacy and work of Octavia Butler in light of FX’s new adaptation of Kindred


Slow Stories


Slow Stories explores the slow content movement, which emphasizes creating in a more purposeful and intentional way. Each episode begins with a guest sharing their work, such as a poem or an excerpt from a novel. Through interviews with authors, artists, and entrepreneurs, host Rachel Schwartzmann asks: what does it mean to create in a digital age? If you’re searching for thoughtful conversations with creatives, Slow Stories belongs on your podcast playlist.


Podcasts allow us to easily learn and discover new ideas and subjects. For even more shows to download, check out our recommendations for writers wanting to develop their craft.