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“Art Can Do That”: Seven Questions for Philip Metres

Philip Metres was born July 4th, 1970 in San Diego, and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Holy Cross College in 1992, then went on to receive a Ph.D. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University. He is now a professor of English at John Carroll University…

“Minding Rights”: Five Questions with David Yezzi

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 a bachelor’s degree…

“Host”: Five Questions for Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown was born in 1976 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Dillard University in 1995 and later got his MFA at University of New Orleans and his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston. During his time at the University of New Orleans, he was a speechwriter for the mayor.…

“All Me”: Six Questions 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…

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“Ku(na)hay”: Five Questions 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…

“A Loving Friendship”: Five Questions for Nicole Beer

Nicky Beer is the author of The Diminishing House, published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. She has received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Louis Untermeyer Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Discovery/The Nation award. Her poems, fiction, nonfiction, and…

“Risks in My Work”: An Interview with Jill McDonough

Ms. McDonough is a very well known poet who has many published poems, and will be releasing her fifth poetry collection in the coming months. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts- Boston, and reads her poetry at schools around the country. She is also the recipient of three pushcart prizes…

“The Imagined”: Five Questions with Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn is an American poet and educator born in Forest Hills, New York in 1962. Dunn received his Bachelor of Arts in history at Hofstra University in 1962 and received his Master of Arts in creative writing from Syracuse University in 1970. Since 1974 he has been teaching at Richard Stockton College of NJ,…

His “Pleasure”: Six Questions with Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips is one America’s most original and influential poets. He was born in Everett Washington in 1959, and moved around frequently as a kid. He earned a BA from Harvard, an MAT from the University of Massachusetts, and an MA in creative writing from Boston University. He taught Latin at several high schools and…