This Is Just To Say

Host Carrie Fountain talks with poets about the poems they make and love. 

Fountain has published two collections of poetry, including, most recently, Instant Winner. Her first novel, I’m Not Missing, comes out in July.

Fountain's poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, and The New Yorker, among others. She is the writer-in-residence at St. Edward's University and is visiting writer at the Michener Center for Writing at UT.

Support for “This is Just to Say” comes from The School of Arts and Humanities at St. Edward’s University.

Poet Mahogany L. Browne joined poet and novelist Carrie Fountain to talk about how she came to poetry, to share one of her favorite poems by Hiwot Adilow and to read her powerful poem "Black Girl Magic."

Poet Sam Sax talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about poetry as biography, the history of medician, poetry as performance and  much more.

He also reads his poem "#Hypocondria" from his book Madness, and shares one of his favorite poems, "Katherine With The Lazy Eye. Short. And Not a Good Poet." by Francine J. Harris.

"[Poetry] is the only place that I can defy the world," Roger Reeves told poet Carrie Fountain and producer Rebecca McInroy for this edition of This Is Just To Say. Thinking of poetry as a place and a practice, rather than the attempt to create the "perfect poem" was just one of the many revelations in their conversation.

Reeves also generously debuted his poem "Children, Listen," now available at, and he shared one of his favorite poems "Preliminary Question" by Aimé Césaire, from his book Solar Throat Slashed.

Best-selling poet, writer and slam performer Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz reads her poem "The First Check-Up After My Mother Died" from her book How To Love The Empty Air, and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about the possibility models for her as a poet, what it means to grieve with an audience, and the importance of the work of Kevin Young in her life.

Poet Emmy Pérez reads her poem "Green Light Go" and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about living on the border as an act of resistance, the beauty of writing from anger, the healing power of the natural world and much more.