I’ve listened to The New Yorker Fiction Podcast for years. It’s free online and in iTunes. To hear a story read, and then to be able to sit in with a writer and editor talking about said story–what works and, sometimes, doesn’t work in the story–well, it’s like being in an MFA workshop with guest speakers. Now the magazine has a Poetry Podcast, started just this past December. Paul Muldoon, New Yorker poetry editor, offers this description:
The structure of the Poetry Podcast is very simple. Each podcast consists of a conversation between myself and a guest poet. In each, the guest reads not only a poem of hers that has appeared in The New Yorker but also introduces, and reads, a poem by another contributor to the magazine that she particularly admires.