Interviews and Podcasts

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Kim was interviewed by Sistah Joy Alford in May 2023 for “Sojourn with Words,” a monthly half-hour program on Prince George’s County Public Television. Kim talked about her anthology By Broad Potomac’s Shore; her forthcoming book Corona/Crown, created in  collaboration with photographer Robert Revere; and other projects. Kim also read four new love poems.

A poem of Kim’s, “Two Hands,” was selected by Linda Sullivan, CEO of ArtsFairfax, for Poetry Lives Here, a series of videos released by ArtsFairfax for National Poetry Month 2022. In this series, prominent residents of Fairfax, Virginia each reads a favorite poem, released one-a-day throughout the month.

Kim was featured in the Cultivating Voices Live Poets series for a special Juneteenth Celebration, discussing poems from her anthology, By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital, that reflect themes of the holiday, including abolitionism, activism, and continued civil rights movements, including reparations and DC statehood. Hosted by Sandra Yannone, June 2021.

Kim is interviewed by Grace Cavalieri for the acclaimed series “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress” discussing her anthology, By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital, in October 2020. Cavalieri also interviewed Kim reading her own poetry in 2018.

Kim is interviewed by Carolivia Herron for “Epic City” on Takoma Park Radio, October 22, 2020.

In “Poetic Forbears to the Black Lives Matter Movement,” Kim discusses three poets who were born enslaved yet rose to become 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.

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.

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.

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Profile in the Humanities DC 2023 Annual Report: “To Be a Humanist: Nine Local Practitioners Share their Passion for the Humanities.”

Profile in the Washington Blade by Kathi Wolfe, April 27, 2022: “‘D.C. queer poets doing some of the most innovative writing’: Kim Roberts on Washington as home to thriving poetry scene.”

Kim was featured in the Carole Weinstein Author Series from the Library of Virginia, talking about the history of Abolitionist Poets in Washington, DC and her anthology By Broad Potomac’s Shore with the library’s executive director Scott Dodson, April 2021.

Kim was interviewed about her anthology, By Broad Potomac’s Shore, by Robert L. Giron in the May 2021 issue of ArLiJo. The editor also included poems by seven contributors to the book.

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.

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