Interviews and Podcasts


In “Poetic Forbears to the Black Lives Matter Movement,” Kim discusses three poets who were born enslaved yet rose to be leaders in the struggle for Black autonomy during and after the Civil War, not to mention writers of note: Fanny Jackson Coppin, Frederick Douglass, and T. Thomas Fortune. June 2020. Also: Kim discusses the enduring importance of traditional verse forms, including the pantoum and the sonnet, May 2020. Both presented on the “Poetry Tuesday” video podcasts sponsored by the “And I Thought” Ladies, Wilnona and Jade.

In “Poetic Inspiration: The Adams Memorial,” Kim discusses the most important piece of funerary art in the U.S., created by Augustus St. Gaudens for Clover and Henry Adams, and all the poetry is has inspired. Recorded for Washington Walks, June 10, 2020.

Kim celebrates the birthday of Linda Pastan, reading and discussing her poem, “I am Learning to Abandon the World,” on the series “Fish for Fallen Light,” a video podcast hosted by Dan Vera. May 27, 2020

Kim is interviewed by Grace Cavalieri on the series “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress,” 2018. Also, a 2011 interview with Grace and Fred Joiner; and a 2005 interview with Grace and Rose Solari, Hilary Tham, and Karren Alenier.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show, How To See D.C. the Way Famous Local Writers Did, June 12, 2018.

Writer’s Bone: Roberts discusses what inspired her recent poetry collection, The Scientific Method, her work for DC Writers’ Homes, and why Washington is a great city for writers, October 9, 2017.

NatioArt Worksnal Endowment for the Arts, Kim Roberts brings a poet’s eye to The Scientific Method, Art Works podcast, April 2017. See also: Art Talk with Kim Roberts, Art Works blog, January 31, 2012.

Bookend: Scoping Out the DC Literary Scene with Kim Roberts, WAMU-FM, “Metro Connection,” June 29, 2012.

U Street NW and Duke Ellington: Jazz Musician, Composer, Bandleader, National Endowment for the Arts, July 8 and 15, 2010.


In July 2020, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities released 50 audio interviews with 50 DC artists, to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Kim was one of those featured, talking about the books she’s published, the journal she founded, and DC’s rich literary history.

Equal Parts Instruction & Delight: An Interview with Poet, Editor, & Literary Historian, Kim Roberts,” The Broadkill Review, Vol. 14, Issue 1, January-February 2020.
Also reprints three poems.

Taking a U Street Literary Walk with Award-Winning Local Poet Kim Roberts,” Washington City Paper, October 24, 2019.

Mr. Whitman Goes to Washington: 4 Places from DC’s Overlooked Literary Past,” Preservation Magazine, National Trust for Historic Preservation, August 8, 2018.

Author Q&A: An Interview with Kim Roberts. The poet explains her endless fascination with science. Washington Independent Review of Books, February 14, 2017.

Making Art at the March for Science, The New York Times, April 23, 2017.

Pine Needles poet finds inspiration from the South Pole to the St. Croix, Science Museum of Minnesota, Summer 2016.

Poetry of Polar Explorations, Reverence Toward Objects in Museums, Beauty in Form and Image: An Interview with Kim Roberts, Delphi Quarterly, Summer 2015.

Best American PoetryPoets in Coffee Shops Drinking Hot Tea: A Conversation with Kim Roberts, The Best American Poetry, December 3, 2013.

Intimate Conversation with Kim Roberts, Black Pearls Magazine, July 2010.

A 495 Nine to Five: Five Questions for Kim Roberts, Post No Ills, August 7, 2008.

An Interview with Kim Roberts, The Amistad, Howard University, Spring 2008.

The Desire to Write Poetry is a Weird and Unnatural Thing: An Interview with Kim Roberts, Scene4 Magazine, September 2007.

“On Writers: Kim Roberts,” Part 1 and Part 2, Weirding Word, June 27 and July 8, 2007.