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Off The Bricks

Off The Bricks

By Brick Street Poetry
Off The Bricks is a poetry Podcast Produced by Brick Street Poetry. Listen to explore and immerse yourself in the world of poetry with interviews of Poets Laureate and readings from newly published books of poetry.
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Ep. 11 Linda Neal Rising
Today Linda Neal Rising joins us for the 11th episode of Off The Bricks! Listen in as Rising discusses her poetry and how it has been informed by her experiences growing up a member of the Western Cherokee Nation, as well as the personal experiences of her parents which inform her political affiliations and activism. Rising has published multiple books of poetry including The Keeping which are available for sale on Amazon here.
July 15, 2021
Ep. 10 Mary Sexson
Today Mary Sexson joins us for the 10th episode of Off The Bricks! Listen in as Sexson discusses her experiences with her daughter's addiction and shares the poetry that she wrote to manage her emotions during the course of her recovery. Sexson has been published multiple times and most recently has released work on the pandemic that was published through the Indianapolis Writers Center publication What Was and Will Be, with her poem, “Close”, being choreographed by Dance Kaleidoscope (November 2020). Some of Sexson's work is available for purchase on Amazon here and her personal website can be found here.
June 17, 2021
Ep. 9 Katie Hesterman
Today Katie Hesterman joins us for our 9th episode of Off The Bricks! Young poets all around should listen in as Katie reads poetry from her new book, A Round of Robins, an informational and playful collection of poems about robins. Our special guest interviewer today is Sammy the interviewing Toucan, a local bird who is excited to learn all about her cousins the robins today. Katie's website can be found at, and to plan a visit to the Indiana Young Readers Center go to
May 20, 2021
Ep. 8 Matthew Graham
Today Matthew Graham joins us for our eighth episode of Off The Bricks! Listen in as Indiana's newest poet laureate discusses his poetry which explores the geography of home. Graham's poetry incorporates his travels to Ireland, and shares his love of music and language that conveys themes of home. Learn more about Graham at
April 15, 2021
Ep. 7 Rosaleen Crowley
Today Rosaleen Crowley joins us for our seventh episode of Off The Bricks! Listen in as we discuss Crowley's Irish roots and how the coastal regions of Ireland inspired her creation of a three-part poetry series. You can find Rosaleen's work in central Indiana book stores or by contacting her via email at
March 18, 2021
Ep. 6 Shonda Buchanan
Today we welcome Shonda Buchanan as she joins us for the sixth episode of Off The Bricks! Listen in as Shonda discusses her tri-racial and tri-ethnic heritage and identity, a combination of African American, American Indian, and European-descendant families who migrated from North Carolina and Virginia in the mid-1700 to 1800s to Southwestern Michigan, and the poetry that she uses to honor and better understand them. Shonda's poetry, including her book Who's Afraid of Black Indians?, is available at in addition to her other works. 
February 18, 2021
Ep. 5 Carolyn Kreiter Foronda
Today we welcome Carolyn Kreiter Foronda as she joins us for the fifth episode of Off The Bricks! Listen in as Carolyn discusses the world of Poets Laureate, and shares her nature-driven poetry! Be sure to check out Carolyn's website at to find her wonderful selection of poetry including her newest title, River Country: A Poem-PLay.
January 21, 2021
Ep.4 Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Today we welcome Rebecca Kai Dotlich as she joins us for the fourth episode of Off The Bricks! Listen in as Rebecca reads many of her original works which are geared for children of all ages! This episode is primarily poetry reading as Dotlich brings everyone, regardless of age, into the whimsical and detailed world of children’s poetry. You can find Mrs. Dotlich’s work on her website here. For ease of navigation, we have included the timestamps for each poem read in the episode. A Circle of Sun - 00:17 Race Car - 04:28 Riddle Poem (1) - 05:45 Riddle Poem (2) - 06:54 School Story - 08:00 Jump Rope Rhyme Poem - 09:32 Sea Skip - 10:09 Tucking in Song - 11:20 Whispers to the Wall  - 13:02 Firefly - 15:07 Fireworks - 16:02 Skyscraper - 17:08 Museum Farewell - 19:06
December 17, 2020
Ep.3 Joseph Heithaus
Today Joseph Heithaus joins us for the third episode of Off The Bricks! Listen in as we discuss Joe's poetry writing process, learn how he conceptualizes poetry, and hear a few insights into finding inspiration for your own lyrical work. Among these lessons are select readings from Joe's book of poetry, Library of My Hands. You can find more poetry and musings from Mr. Heithaus on his website, and find his book for sale on his publisher's website, Dos Madres Press at
November 19, 2020
Ep.2 Eugene Gloria
Today Eugene Gloria joins us for our second episode of Off The Bricks! Listen in as we discuss Gloria’s recent receipt of the Indiana Authors Award in Poetry and discuss how his Filipino heritage has informed his poetry. You can find Gloria’s work on his website and find his books that we discussed on the program, Sightseer in This Killer City, and My Favorite Warlord, on Barnes & Noble shelves.
October 16, 2020
Ep.1 Norbert Krapf
Today Norbert Krapf joins us for our first episode of Off The Bricks! Listen in as we discuss writing poetry of place, and hear selected poems from Norbert's body of work. You can find Norbert's work on his website, and on his publisher's website, Dos Madres Press.
September 17, 2020
Off The Bricks Promotional Announcement
Our first episode will be released on September 17th and can be found on our website,
September 14, 2020