I’m very excited to announce a new daily podcast series launching this June from our library: Queer Poem-a-Day.

For Pride Month, we’re reinventing our regular podcast interview series as a daily poetry podcast featuring poems written and read by contemporary LGBTQIA+ poets. Our participating poets include established award-winners and emerging voices and the poems include both previously published and new works. We intend this series as a sort of “literary Pride Parade,” a celebration of the vitality and variety of queer poetry today. Whether you’re a poetry fan, a student or educator, or just curious, Queer Poem-a-Day will connect you to this vibrant world of literature.

This unique, limited-run series will be released on the Deerfield Public Library Podcast, where we normally present interviews with authors of all genres and other notable people. You’ll be able to read the text of the poems and find more information about our poets on our series website at deerfieldlibrary.org/queerpoemaday. Or follow along on social media with the hashtag #queerpoemaday. Additionally, you can find books and ebooks by our participating poets in our Library’s catalog

Queer Poem-a-Day is founded and co-directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and me, Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Library and host of the Deerfield Public Library Podcast.

Listen below to our teaser trailer where Lisa and I introduce the series. We invite you to subscribe to the Deerfield Public Library Podcast today so you don’t miss a poem this June.

Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language. 

Get a transcript of this episode.

Related Programs

The Library is also hosting several virtual programs related to Queer Poem-a-Day. As always, our programs are free and open to the public.

Adult Programs

May 27, 7 p.m. – Poetry Discussion: Selected Poems by Elizabeth Bishop 

June 30, 7 p.m. – The Lyric Self: Discovering Queer Traditions in Poetry

Teen Program (Grades 6-12)

June 17, 5 p.m. – Poetry is Who I Am!: Fun with Poems of Identity

Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous gift of The Friends of the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our special podcast series is from the first movement of Excursions, Op. 20 by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer.