Miracle Monocle Podcast


The Miracle Monocle Podcast is an occasional literary podcast that features pieces from issues of Miracle Monocle alongside commentary from our editorial staff.

BIOGRAPHY EPISODE: Click here to listen!

In this episode of the Miracle Monocle podcast, podcast editor Eliza Sayers interviews writer Allen Gee upon the occasion of his virtual visit to the University of Louisville as a 2021 Axton reader.

Gee is currently undertaking a biography of the Pulitzer-prize winning writer, James Alan McPherson. In this interview, he talks about the process of getting to know his mentor and friend in a different way by sorting through archival materials and telling his life's story. Gee also talks about his other current projects and the writing life in general. 

MISTRANSLATION EPISODE: Click here to listen!

In this episode of the Miracle Monocle Podcast, podcast editor Eliza Sayers interviews the poet and translator Kristen Renee Miller about the generative process behind her "mistranslations." To read three of these pieces in Miracle Monocle, click here: http://louisville.edu/miraclemonocle/issue-15/kristen-renee-miller

Miller's poems and translations have appeared in POETRYThe Kenyon ReviewThe CommonGuernica, and Best New Poets 2018. She is the translator of Spawn (2020), by poet Marie-Andrée Gill, and the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the American Literary Translators Association. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is the managing editor for Sarabande.

LONG POEM EPISODE: Click here to listen!

In this episode of the Miracle Monocle Podcast, Nii Ayikwei Parkes reads his long poem "Defences." To read piece in Miracle Monocle, click here: http://louisville.edu/miraclemonocle/issue-11/nii-ayikwei-parkes

Parkes is the winner of multiple international awards, including Ghana’s ACRAG award and France's Prix Laure Bataillon. He is the author of Tail of the Blue Bird (a novel), The Makings of You (a collection of poems,) and, under, the name K.P. Kojo, Tales from Africa (a book for children). He is the Producer of Literature and Talks at the Brighton Festival and is currently working on a crowd-funded collection of short stories, The City Will Love You (Unbound).