Audio Archives

A Voice Box

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

Andrew Kenower/ Syndicated now by PennSound

Site URL

Site Last Updated


Date Visited


General Description of Archive

A Voice Box is a blog-style archive of poetry readings made in the Bay Area (San Fran) in the "recent past" (2006 onwards).

Description of archive history or URL

No information available. Syndicated by PennSound around 2009.

Contact information

Andrew Kenower (email unknown).

Searchable options

No search bar, blog-style list of readings with a sidebar of a list of authors in alphabetical order. A little below that, there is a list of dates in chronological order, from newest to oldest, in relation to when blog posts were published.

Relation from the audio to the text

No transcription.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

Date and some context about the reading are given. Time and length are only shown in the play bar, and even then, you have to go to the end of the recording to find it out. MP3 files must be clicked in order to access the play bar.

Author bios and context within literary history

There is a short bio of the reader, but since these are contemporary writers, history is not usually given.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

MP3 files and streaming through SoundCloud.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

There is a large photo of the reader below the audio file.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

The play bar opens in a small pop-up screen.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

Accessible on portable smart devices.


Browsing is similar to a standard blog: the viewer can scroll down to find new recordings, but there are many pages (more than 5) of these recordings in a list style, so the viewer is likely to stop before they reach the end of the archive. There is a Navigation tool bar on the left side of the screen that has authors listed alphabetically. You can also browse through "Archives" listed by Month and Year.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

Interactivity is offered through "Share" with other sites like Facebook, Digg This!, Email, and save to as well as a comments. You can also subscribe with your email address.

Other notes

Podcast is available for subscription. Reminder that, as of April 2020, the website has not been updated since January 2017.