Diane Wakoski reads poems from her early books, including Discrepancies and Apparitions (1966), Inside the Blood Factory (1968), The Magellanic Clouds (1970), The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems (1971), and Smudging (1972).
Li-Young Lee reads widely from his body of work and discusses forms, craft, and chance in poetry.
Paul Zimmer reads from The Republic of Many Voices (1969), along with poems that would be published in The Zimmer Poems (1976) or remain uncollected. Making use of persona, narrative, and humor, he addresses topics such as childhood, identity, and mortality.
Ira Sadoff reads from his collections Alcools (1964), Settling Down (1975), Palm Reading in Winter (1978), A Northern Calendar (1982), and Emotional Traffic (1989) in addition to one uncollected poem in translation.
Steve Orlen reads from Permission to Speak (1978) and A Place at the Table (1981).
Kazim Ali reads work in several genres, including excerpts from Orange Alert, a collection of essays; The Disappearance of Seth, a novel; and Bright Felon, a memoir; as well as published and new poems. He ends by performing a poem, "Queer Ishmael," composed on the spot. This reading was given alongside Ana Bozicevic as part of the Next Word in Poetry series.
Robert Pack reads widely from his work and comments on the stories behind many of his poems.
John Crowe Ransom reads widely from his extensive body of work.
In this reading, originally given with Peggy Shumaker, Eloise Klein Healy reads from the collection A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings (2013).
Thomas Kinsella reads poems from Downstream (1962), Wormwood (1966), and Nightwalker and Other Poems (1968), as well as poems that would later appear in Collected Poems 1956-1994 (1996) and Selected Poems (2007).
Brent Hendricks reads from his memoir A Long Day at the End of the World: A Story of Desecration and Revelation in the Deep South (2013). This reading was originally given with Nicole Walker.
Luis Alberto Urrea reads from Vatos (2000) and Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life (2002), along with a poem that would later be collected in The Tijuana Book of the Dead (2015).
Steve Orlen reads just after the publication of his first chapbook, Sleeping on Doors.
Boyer Rickel reads poetry from his first book, Arreboles (1991), touching on family and childhood memories, experiences living in Tucson, and musicians and writers of previous centuries. He also reads an essay that would go on to be published in Taboo (1999), which he introduces by discussing his approach to writing essays that follow the form of poems, not returning to a main idea but moving through it.
Paul Zimmer reads poems inspired by his troubled youth during the Eisenhower years, as well as several persona poems.
Phillip Lopate reads essays from Getting Personal (2003) and Portrait Inside My Head (2013), as well as one uncollected essay.