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…

Side B - On Poetry Expressing Universal Emotion

Nov. 15, 2021

In this week’s Side B, Elizabeth brings us the poem Unending Love by Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore’s notable influence on 20th century Indian literature is made all the more impressive by his being the first non-European to ea…

Natasha Wright - On Poetry Fueling Self Empowerment

Nov. 8, 2021

This week on I Offer Poetry Elizabeth and her guest, Natasha Wright, discuss the inimitable power of Maya Angelou.   Natasha lives in Washington, D.C. and currently serves as the Senior Advisor in the Immediate Office of the…

Lou Mitchell - On The Lyricism of Brandi Carlile

Nov. 1, 2021

Another first for the podcast; Concert Deconstruction. Elizabeth has invited a wonderful musician friend to dissect lyrics as poetry after attending a concert and getting to experience their live performance.   Introducing L…

David Guerra - On How A Poem Ages With Us

Oct. 25, 2021

On this week's episode Elizabeth is excited to introduce her dear friend, David Guerra, who quickly takes the reins and teaches her more about Tennessee Williams, the conquest of Mexico City, and what it means to get deeply …

Side B - On Poetry Viewing Religion As An Opt Out

Oct. 18, 2021

In this week’s Side B episode Elizabeth is given a run for her money with the incredible spoken word poetry of Singapore’s Victoria Lim. Religion, by Victoria Lim, is the first spoken word piece to be featured on I Offer Poe…

Lauren Flans - On Poetry Using Dark Humor To Shed Light

Oct. 11, 2021

There is a trigger warning at the top of this episode regarding suicide, as the poem in this week’s episode deals directly with the topic. The discussion surrounding the subject is that of respect for the author's history, b…

Side B - On the Impossible Desire of Long Distance Love

Oct. 4, 2021

In our second Side B episode host Elizabeth Ellson dives into a brief but emotionally packed poem by Carol Ann Duffy.   This episode focuses on the pain, and considers the possible pleasures, of being in a long distance rela…

Will DaRosa - On Poetry Exploring Escapism

Sept. 27, 2021

In our second episode Elizabeth completely ignores the fact that W. B. Yeats has a full first name, as she is on a nickname-only basis with him.   This episode features cinematographer, music video director, and filmmaker Wi…

Introducing Side B - On Poetry Immortalizing Love

Sept. 20, 2021

This is the inaugural episode introducing Side B - I Offer Poetry’s ‘minisodes’, so to speak.   Our host Elizabeth Ellson is inviting the audience to join the poetry discussion. She lays out the format for Side B, which allo…

Yaani King Mondschein - On Poetry Embracing Letting Go

Sept. 13, 2021

In the pilot episode, actor Yaani King Mondschein shares the beautiful poem She Let Go by Reverend Safire Rose.    As an actor Yaani is known for her work on Good Trouble, Sneakerheads, Bad Hair, Blood & Oil, and Saving Grac…

Trailer • I Offer Poetry with Elizabeth Ellson

Aug. 25, 2021

Hi, I’m Elizabeth Ellson, host of I Offer Poetry and I believe poetry should be as accessible as music.    I don’t understand every song that’s ever been written. If I don’t understand a song, I listen to it a couple of time…