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The Three That Speak to Us: “Do Unto Others,” “Country Western Singer,” “Dead Critics Society”

Daniel Johnson’s “Do Unto Others,” Alan Shapiro’s “Country Western Singer,” and Mike Dockins’ “Dead Critics Society” are three of the greatest, most thought-provoking poems featured in Best American Poetry’s 2007 edition. Nick and I read each poem in the volume looking for underlying themes, tone shifts, creative new ways of conveying messages, and other characteristics to narrow down the…

“A Good List” Interview questions with Brad Leithauser

  The author that I emailed was Brad Leithauser who wrote the poem “A Good List”. I was interested in this poet because I really liked the poem he wrote in the Best American poetry book. When Brad was in highschool he loved poetry which is what stemmed his desire to later on become a poet. Although he went to Harvard College and then after that Harvard Law to become a Lawyer. He then traveled to Japan to work in a law office but wrote while he was there. He never was really as interested in law as he was…

“It’s always better to read between the lines: An interview with Susan Terris.” by Hailey King

Introduction: Susan Terris was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Mrs. Terris achieved her college education at Wellesley where she received her B.A. degree in English Literature and at San Francisco State University where she received her M.A. degree. In her early career she published several books including Ghost of Yesterday: New and Selected Poems.  The Homelessness of Self, Contrariwise, Natural Defenses, Fire is Favorable to the Dreamer, Poetic License, and Eye of the Holocaust.  Her most recent accomplishment is having her poem “Memo to the Former Child Prodigy” presented in “The Best American Poetry: 2015”. I was drawn to Mrs.…

A Renowned Poetic Voice: An Interview with Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder is an American poet, editor, translator, and professor who was born in Washington D.C.. He studied Russian Literature at Amherst College and then received an MA in Slavic Languages from the University of California, Berkeley as well as an MFA in Poetry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His works are very well-regarded…

Andrei Codrescu

Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania, and  emigrated to the U.S in 1966. He founded Exquisite Corpse which is a Journal of Books & Ideas in 1983 and taught literature and poetry at Johns Hopkins University, University of Baltimore, and Louisiana State University.  He won the MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English award. He’s been a regular commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered since 1983, and received a Peabody Award for writing and starring in the film Road Scholar. In 1989 he returned to his native Romania to cover the fall of the Ceausescu regime for NPR and ABC…

Five questions with David Yezzi

By: Elizabeth Jennings I decided to research the poet, David Yezzi, because I really enjoyed his poem, “Minding Rights.” I found this poem in my Best American Poetry book, and decided to further research David Yezzi and learn more about his career and literary background. David Yezzi was born in Albany, New York and received…

Robert Hass: A Look into his Career and “San Pedro Road”

Robert Hass is a contemporary American poet who in addition to writing poetry, is known for translating and being a critic of Polish poetry and Japanese Haikus. Hass is recognized for his clarity of expression, conciseness, imagery, and the fact that he draws inspiration from everyday life. Contemporary poet Forrest Gander says that Hass’ “work similarly attends to the details of quotidian life with remarkable clarity” and has a gift for “musical, descriptive, meditative poetry.” Hass is also known for being an academic in the field, receiving a PhD and MA in english from Stanford University and currently teaches in…

Five Questions: An Interview with Susan Parr

Susan Parr is the author of Pacific Shooter, awarded the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize from Pleiades Press.  Her work is anthologized in The Best American Poetry series and in Alive at the Center: Poetry from the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan Press, 2013). Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, she was educated at Barnard College in New York City, earning honors in Russian Studies. She has an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Washington, where she received an Academy of American Poets Prize and the MacLeod-Grobe Prize. In 2011 she was honored to be chosen as a Strange Coupling fellow via…

Six Questions: An Interview with Mark Halliday

Mark Halliday is a noted American poet, professor, and critic.  He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Westport, Connecticut.  He earned his BA (1971) and MA (1976) at Brown University, and later received his Phd. in English Literature from Brandeis University in 1983.  He has taught English literature and writing at Wellesley College, the University of Pennsylvania, Western Michigan University, and Indiana University. He was awarded the rank of distinguished professor in 2012 at where he currently teaches at Ohio University. Halliday has many published poetry collections and has won several awards, including:…

Five Questions: An Interview With Charles Bernstein

Charles Bernstein was born in Manhattan in 1950. He has published more than twenty collections of poetry and three collections of essays. From 1978 to 1981 he co edited the magazine L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E. He co founded and directed the Poetics Program at the State University of New York, Buffalo. He is the co director of PennSound…