Open Your Hands: Conversations on Craft & Vision in Poetry

by Zach Czaia

Join poet and teacher Zach Czaia in this call and response conversation on poetry. Every month, Zach will select a poem from a contemporary living poet to read aloud and celebrate. The second episode of the month will be a dialogue between Zach and the author of that poem. “Open Your Hands” welcomes seekers of all ages, forms, and pathways. Thanks so much for tuning in! 

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • S01 E06 - Conversation with the Poet: Rodrigo Sanchez Chavarria

    S01 E06 - Conversation with the Poet: Rodrigo Sanchez Chavarria

    Zach and Rodrigo discuss the genesis of the poem, "Icarus," as well as Rodrigo's experiences with coaching, mentorship, and his own work with the Palabristas.

    34:29
  • S01 E05 - Rodrigo Sanchez Chavarria, "Icarus"

    S01 E05 - Rodrigo Sanchez Chavarria, "Icarus"

    Zach reads Rodrigo Sanchez Chavarria's poem, "Icarus," published in the Under Review Journal.

    08:19
  • S01 E04 - Conversation with the Poet: Isha Camara

    S01 E04 - Conversation with the Poet: Isha Camara

    Zach and Isha discusses Isha's poem, "(prayer) Salat after read to be poem," published in the Southeast Review, as well as her overall thoughts on craft & vision as a poet. And as a special bonus, Isha reads new work on this episo...

    34:33
  • S01 E03 - Isha Camara, "(prayer) Salat after read be to Poem"

    S01 E03 - Isha Camara, "(prayer) Salat after read be to Poem"

    Zach reads Isha Camara's poem, "(prayer) Salat after read be to Poem" which was originally published in the Southeast Review. This episode is a lead-up to a dialogue between Zacha and Isha in episode 4.

    11:30
  • S01 E02 - Conversation with the Poet: Father Joseph Brown, SJ

    S01 E02 - Conversation with the Poet: Father Joseph Brown, SJ

    Zach and Father Brown discuss the background of the poem, "Everybody's Mother Was Born in Mississippi," the life and legacy of Sister Thea Bowman, and the meaning of the prophetic vocation.

    52:49