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What is Poets and Muses? | Who’s Imogen Arate? | Awards | Press clippings | Interview requests

Poets and Muses is an award-winning weekly poetry podcast (Listen here or via SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or TuneIn), where the Host and Executive Producer, Imogen Arate (herself a prolific poet), chats with poets about their inspirations.

Listen to our “One-Minute Intro” or dive into more details below:

Poets and Muses Episode with Danae Barnes. Background image by https://www.instagram.com/lisasterle/

During each episode, two poems serve as the doorway into an exploration of diverse human experiences. Topics we’ve covered include love, climate change, friendships, mental and physical health, immigration, child abuse, sex, gender equality, refugee life, body imagery, indigenous rights, suicide, police brutality, death of loved ones, hope, human trafficking, nature, mass shootings, representation in media, terrorism, LGBTQIA rights, homelessness and families.

Lupe Castro cover for Poets and Muses. Image by https://www.instagram.com/creativecatalystsaz/

Since launching in December of 2018, Imogen has interviewed more than 80 poets in the US and abroad, from those in their teens to octogenarians.

While we feature poets with a range of artistic history, the podcast is mainly a platform for emergent poetic voices from a variety of social-economic backgrounds.

Bob Longoni cover for Poets and Muses. Image by https://www.instagram.com/a.closer.look.photo.az/

Aside from professional poets and writers, other guests work in a myriad of professions, such as arts and entertainment, advocacy, business, construction, education, government, healthcare, international development, social services, journalism, legal services, science and technology, etc.

Edauri Navarro Perez cover for Poets and Muses. Image by https://www.instagram.com/melanieqs/

Some of our guests are refugees while others are veterans or come from military families.

Although Poets and Muses is mainly conducted in English, our podcast also features poems written in other languages.

In addition to showcasing an array of representative voices, Poets and Muses also aims to dispel misgivings and apprehension the listening public has toward poetry, as well as to inspire people to adopt poetry as a mode of self expression. Take a listen.

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Who Is Imogen Arate

Imogen Arate is an award-winning poet who has written poetry since her tween years, in four languages and published in two.

You can find her poems online, in print and during the second half of each Poets and Muses episode.

Her poems “A Declaration of Loyalty ” and “Sanctuary” took home the second and third prize of the 2020 National Federation of Press Women at-large Communications contest.

She is also the 2019 Phoenix Poetry Slam Erotic Haiku Deathmatch Champion.

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Awards

Out of more than 1,800 entries, Poets and Muses won second place for our podcast and newsletter and third place for website copy at the the 2020 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest.

Earlier this year, the organization’s at-large (regional) Communications Contest awarded Poets and Muses the first prize in all three categories, third prize for our social-media presence and honorable mention for this website.

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Press

2020

Episode 3 of The Liberation Podcast

Podcast Loves: The Greatest Hits

We are honored to have been chosen as a greatest hit in Womanasriot’s* “Podcast Loves.”

*Alana Hayes was a poet guest in March.

May 25th “Why Supporters Are Working to Save Palabras Bilingual Bookstore

Episode 56 of the BeerEDU Podcast on January 18th

2019

Interview with Women’s Health Interactive

August 7th Phoenix New Times tribute to Toni Morrison

July Interview with The Differential:

The University of Arizona College of Medicine ‒ Phoenix Student Publication

Apr 30th Interview with KJZZ Phoenix’s Word podcast

April 8th Interview with Radio Supa’s Off The Cuff Podcast


Interview Requests

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