This Choice: Kelli Russell Agodon

This Choice is Who You Are has been my mantra these past years: a mantra for becoming the person I want to be.

In the Podcasts, I look to other artists to learn from their experiences.

I ask poets how their work with poetry influences the choices they make in their daily lives, and how these, in turn, affect their sense of self and their relationships.

How are they using the experience of art to shape The Good Life for themselves?


Kelli Russell Agodon is an award-winning poet, writer, editor, and essayist from the Pacific Northwest.

Her most recent books are a third collection of poems, Hourglass Museum, a Finalist for the Washington State Book Awards and short-listed for the Julie Suk Poetry Prize honoring the best book of poems published by a small press and The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice , which she co-authored with Martha Silano.

Kelli is also the author the award-winning collection of poems, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room (2010) Winner of the White Pine Poetry Prize chosen by Carl Dennis, Winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Prize in Poetry and a Finalist for the Washington State Book Award.  Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room was also chosen as one of the 20 best books of poetry for the GoodRead’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

Kelli is also the author of Small Knots (2004), Geography (2003), and co-editor of Fire On Her Tongue: An  Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry.


In this episode: Kelli Russell Agodon.

Poems in the podcast:

“Wild Common Prayer” from Earth by Cecilia Woloch (Two Sylvias Press)

“Self Portrait with Reader”, from Hourglass Museum by Kelli Russell Agodon (White Pine Press)

Original music and artwork by Karl R. Powell.

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