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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. 23 Jessica Reed
Join us today, poets and poetry lovers to hear a selection of ecologically themed poetry from Jessica Reed. In her chapbook, Still Recongnizeable Forms, Reed takes on the responsibility of discussing environmentalism, without the typical doom and gloom that the topic is usually weighed down by. Our conversation explores environmental experiences within the Midwest and Appalachia and the importance of not losing sight of what we are fighting for, and who we are fighting with, in our efforts to reduce our impact on the world. Reed's limited edition chapbook can be purchased by emailing
July 21, 2022
Ep. 22 Alessandra Lynch
Join us today poets and poetry lovers, for an intimate conversation with Alessandra Lynch as we discuss running, how Covid-19 has impacted interpersonal connection, and other challenging topics related to the human condition. Lynch's acclaimed work, Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment, is available on Amazon, and according to Lynch herself, "Let your fingers fly, or let your hands steer a wheel, and you will find my book somewhere!". Particularly in local book stores, in-person and online, as well as at your local library.
June 16, 2022
Ep. 21 Karen Kovacik
Join us today to discuss translation in poetry, the delicate art of balancing rhythm, meaning, and rhyme. Today's episode features Karen Kovacik, a former Indiana poet laureate specializing in the translation of contemporary Polish poetry. To learn more about Karen and her work, click here to visit her personal site. Kovacik's works can be found for purchase online Metropolis Burning, Beyond the Velvet Curtain.
May 19, 2022
Saturday Special Ep. 2 Haiku for Hikers live reading
Join us today for a special mini-episode, recorded during a live reading of Haiku for Hikers. Today, our featured poets are M.A. Dubbs, Janine Harrison, and Nancy Kay Peterson. This episode is more casual than our regularly scheduled programming. If you like what you hear, let us know on Facebook @poetryonbrickstreet, there you can also look for more online events like this live reading, and get the latest updates on the podcast and other in-person events with Brick Street Poetry! you can find a copy of Haiku for Hikers here on amazon, and we'll see you, Off The Bricks!
May 14, 2022
Ep. 20 Barry Harris
Welcome to a special episode of Off The Bricks poets and poetry lovers! In this episode, we feature Barry Harris, Editor of the Tipton Poetry Journal. This month's episode focuses on tips from the editor on getting your poetry published! This Episode features the poetic works of Bilal Moin (Papercut), and Jeanine Stevens (Sunchokes). This Month's Natural Moment Poem is Wish, by Joseph Heithaus. To buy the Tipton Poetry Journal online click here. To submit to the Journal click here.
April 21, 2022
Special Ep. 1 Catena Poetica reading
Welcome to a special episode of Off The Bricks poets and poetry lovers! This episode, hosted by Off The Bricks, features a recording of a poetry reading of Catena Poetica, as read by Flor Aguilera, Joyce Brinkman, Gabriele Glang, and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda. Catena Poetica is an international, collaborative effort that explores the themes of color, spice, and water among others. Catena Poetica is available for purchase at Black Dog Books in Zionsville.
March 26, 2022
Ep. 19 Kevin McKelvey
Today we welcome poet Kevin McKelvey who joins us to share his ecological, biological, and geological poetry. McKelvey is a place-based poet, writer, designer, and social practice artist. He teaches at the University of Indianapolis and directs the MA in Social Practice Art. His first book, Dream Wilderness Poems, is a poetic trail guide for the Deam Wilderness Area near Bloomington that represents years of exploration in the Hoosier National Forest. Other poems are collected in Indiana Nocturnes, a collaboration on Indiana’s urban and rural divide with another native Hoosier, Curtis L. Crisler. McKelvey has been a writer-in-residence in the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon and at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior. This inspired him to bring this model to Indiana, working with local land trusts to create annual, centuries-long creative and scientific reflections on natural areas, including NICHES Land Trust and ACRES Land Trust. His work in novels, essays, social practice, and placemaking continues to explore the intersections of art, writing, ecology, gardening, food, and farming. McKelvey attended DePauw University in Greencastle and completed his MFA in Poetry and Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
March 17, 2022
Ep. 18 Marianne Boruch
Today we welcome poet Marianne Boruch who joins us to share her multidimensional and densely vibrant poetry which celebrates the unique animal life of Australia! Boruch reads from her new book Bestiary Dark, and shares her experiences from her time in Australia as a Fulbright Scholar. Boruch Earned her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, And went on to teach at Tunghai University in Taiwan, and at the University of Maine in Farmington. Today, she is a Professor Emeritus at Purdue University after developing and bringing to life the MFA program of creative writing there.  You can find Boruch’s publications for sale here as well as learn more about her work, on the Copper Canyon Press website.
February 17, 2022
Ep. 17 Shari Wagner
Today we welcome former Indiana Poet Laureate, Shari Wagner who joins us to share her nature-rich persona poetry for the 17th episode of Off The Bricks! Wagner brings inspiration from her experience in rural communities and her time in Africa as a child together in her poetry while also incorporating fact-based research. Wagner, who has an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University, spent her time as Poet Laureate focused on drawing inspiration from nature and the parks. Today’s poetry came from her publications, The Farm Wife's Almanac, The Harmonist At Nightfall: Poems of Indiana, and Evening Chore. You can access Wagner’s websites to learn more about her projects here, as well as her page Through The Sycamores. Additionally, the following links show where Wagner's work can be purchased. Evening Chore, The Farm Wife's Almanac, The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana
January 20, 2022
Ep.16 Gabriele Glang
Today Gabriele Glang joins us for the 16th episode of Off The Bricks! Listen in as Glang discusses her experience with grief from the loss of her husband. Glang is a Bilingual poet who writes in both German and English, and among her multiple publications has also been teaching creative writing in English at the University of Applied Sciences at Esslingen. You can visit Glang's website here. Today's natural moment poem can be found in Haiku for Hikers, and was written by Alessio Zanelli
December 16, 2021
Ep. 15 Elise Paschen
Today we welcome Elise Paschen as she joins us for the fifteenth episode of Off The Bricks! Listen in as Elise reads selected poems from her newest long poem sequence that celebrates her Osage heritage in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Hailing from Chicago with ancestral ties to Fairfax, Oklahoma, Elise brings the history and landscape of the Osage reservation into vibrant resolution in her currently in-progress manuscript, Heritage of The Blood Wolf Moon. Her website is available here. The music featured in today's natural moment is Warrior Flute by Tommy Wildcat at the Smithsonian's Cherokee Days (2017) available in full here.
November 18, 2021
Ep. 14 Joyce Brinkman
Today we are featuring our very own Joyce Brinkman as she debuts her most recent international collaboration, Catena Poetica. This collaborative effort was created in part by Flor Aguilera, Joyce Brinkman, Gabriele Glang, and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda. Today's discussion centers on the form of the chapbook, the art of collaboration, and the creation of international poetry. Our Natural Moment poem for the month is a haiku by Tony Brewer and can be found in Haiku for Hikers. You can find the Catena Poetica chapbook for preorder by clicking here.
October 21, 2021
Ep. 13 Helmut Haberkamm & Norbert Krapf
Today we are featuring a delightful discussion between American Poet Dr. Norbert Krapf and German Poet Dr. Helmut Haberkamm concerning dialect poetry. Krapf is a Fulbright Fellow in American Poetry at the Universities of Freiburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he met our second guest Helmut Haberkamm. Dr. Haberkamm writes extensively in the Franconian dialectic. The conversation touches on subjects from James Whitcomb Riley to Bob Dylan with lots in between. Our Natural Moment poem for the month is Reverence by Pheonix Cole.
September 16, 2021
Ep. 12 Dr. Eric Kreuter
Today Dr. Eric Kreuter joins us for the 12th episode of Off the Bricks! Listen in as Dr. Kreuter discusses his work with recovering drug addicts as he allows them to process their emotions around addiction via poetry writing as an alternative to traditional therapies. This episode features the work of a recovering addict by the name of Rammell S.
August 19, 2021
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