109: What does the Poetry Fox say? Deep connections thru performance writing with Chris Vitiello


Have you met the Poetry Fox? I have, and I’m a fan.

In this episode I’m talking with the human behind the fox, Chris Vitiello.

Chris Vitiello is a writer, performer, critic, and independent curator based in Durham, NC. His poetry books include Obedience (Ahsahta, 2012), Irresponsibility (Ahsahta, 2008), and Nouns Swarm A Verb (Xurban, 1999). He is a chief contributor at Indy Week. The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation recently recognized his art criticism with their inaugural Rabkin Prize for Arts Journalism. Chris  frequently stages performances and arts events in the NC Triangle. He has organized exhibitions for The Carrack, the Click Photography Festival, and the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. And of course Chri Vitiello is the Poetry Fox, a giant fox who bangs out custom, on-demand poems on vintage typewriters.

During our conversation, you’ll hear Chris share his experiences as a performance writer for the Poetry Fox and the Worry Cabinet, about audience and connection and writing as that connective conduit. Enjoy the episode.

This interview was recorded virtually on March 22, 2020. We do discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.

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Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.

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Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”

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ASBX Shorts

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