Newest Literary Podcast Hails from Boston

Marissa Lenti, a student in the Emerson College audiobook performance class that lends their voices to the new Ploughshares literary podcast.
Marissa Lenti, a student in the Emerson College audiobook performance class that lends their voices to the new Ploughshares literary podcast. –Courtesy: Ploughshares

The literary magazine Ploughshares is releasing a new podcast in collaboration with Emerson College. And if you like literary podcasts, Boston.com has a few others to recommend.

Ploughshares was established in 1971 in Cambridge, Mass. and publishes three issues of its literary journal every year. Each issue is guest-edited by a prominent writer and explores a variety of literary themes. The new podcast features works by authors from the Winter 2013 issue performed by Emerson College students.

If you’re interested in exploring other literary podcasts, here are a few we recommend:

New Yorker: Fiction: This is writers upon writers, people. A writer reads a short story by a writer he or she admires. Then the reader is joined by fiction editor Deborah Treisman to talk about the story. The conversations are incisive and entertaining, and we guarantee you’ll feel smarter by the end of each listen.

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Fresh Air: Host Terry Gross is public radio’s queen bee of author interviews. Try this excellent recent interview with Angela Ricketts, author of No Man’s War, a memoir of Ricketts’s struggles as as military wife.

NPR Books: If you’re interested in news about the book industry, then this 30-minute podcast is the one for you. They also put out about a gazillion book reviews a month. Trust us, you’ll never leave a bookstore empty-handed again.

Poem of the Day: Exactly what it sounds like — a poem every day, read by a professional actor. Now you’ll finally have something to say to that poetry-loving OK Cupid woman you’ve been thinking about messaging.

Welcome to Night Vale: Man, is this podcast cool. Plug in those headphones and immerse yourself in the fictional town of Night Vale and the strange events that happen there. The podcast has a 1940s radio show feel, perfect for a listen on a cold winter night. Or a hot August day. Anytime, really — it’s that good.

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