I Offer Poetry

I Offer Poetry asks the question, why don’t we share poetry like we share music? Host Elizabeth Ellson interviews people from all walks of life and gives them the opportunity to share a poem that their heart holds onto. Guests tell the stories that bring their chosen poem to the forefront of their mind.

This podcast aims to share poetry the way that we share music: fluidly and accessibly.

It’s a little bit linguistic, it’s a little bit rock and roll.

Recent Episodes

Side B - On Poetry Giving Us Permission To Be Gentle

Dec. 27, 2021

In the final episode of Season One, explores by Mary Oliver.   Mary Oliver’s work is greatly influenced by her upbringing in Ohio and her chosen home, New England, as well as the authors Walt Whitman and Henry David Thorea…

Kiran Subramaniam - On Using Poetry To Cope With Big Feelings

Dec. 20, 2021

In the final guest episode of Season One, Elizabeth hosts her friend Kiran Subramaniam and they discuss the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley.   Kiran Subramaniam is a writer & performer living in Los Angeles by day, who dreams…

Side B - On Poetry About A Fiercer Mother Mary

Dec. 13, 2021

In this episode Elizabeth explores the poetry of contemporary poet Leila Chatti. The poem was originally sent to Elizabeth via snail mail and arrived as a page torn from the The New York Times Magazine; Confession by Leila C…

Gregory Sinche - On Poetry As A Way To Organize Your Mind

Dec. 6, 2021

In this episode Elizabeth hosts her cousin Gregory Sinche to discuss the unparalleled New England poet, Robert Frost.   Throughout the episode there is discussion of the many roads we are offered in life, their varying vanta…

Side B - Poetry Allowing Space For Grief In The Everyday

Nov. 29, 2021

On this week’s Side B, Elizabeth shares the brilliance of contemporary poet Hanif Abdurraqib. Also from Columbus, Ohio, Hanif is a well lauded poet, essayist, and curator of excellent playlists.   This episode explores Hanif…

Stephen Stern - On Poetry Infusing Life Lessons

Nov. 22, 2021

This week on I Offer Poetry Elizabeth interviews her high school Honors Organic Chemistry Teacher, Mr. Stephen Stern. You read that correctly; Elizabeth took an honors level science class. It obviously didn’t pan out for her…