From Interviews

“Not Codes to be Broken”: Five Questions for A.E Stallings

A.E Stallings is an american poet who has studied classics in Athens, Georgia and has after that lived in Athens, Greece since 1999. Stallings has published three books of poetry, the award winning ¨Archaic Smile¨ (1999), ¨Hapax¨ (2000) and ¨Olives¨ (2012). I got into this poem when I was reading through the BAP (Best American…

“The Rider”: Five Questions with Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso was born Newton, Massachusetts in 1974. She earned her BA at Harvard University and an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has won the Rome Prize form the American Academy of Arts and Letter, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She also…

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“Citrus Freeze”: Seven Questions for Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander is an award winning poet, essayist, novelist, critic, and translator. Born in the Mojave Desert to a single mother, Gander’s childhood was financially difficult. Gander developed his love for travel, language, and culture when he and his family would tour extensively across the United States on summer road trips. He is known for…

“Meet Me at the Lighthouse”: Seven Questions for Dana Gioia”

Dana Gioia was born in the suburb of LA in California, as he grew up his Father, Mexican-American Mother whom would recite poems to him, and now is a professor at the University of Southern California. Gioia is a publisher of 4 full-length collections of poetry, Pity the Beautiful (2012), Interrogations at Noon (2001), The Gods…

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“Almost”: An Interview With Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout, who is from California and a current poetry professor at UC San Diego, is a prolific member of the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, a group that arose in the late 1960s and emphasized a poem’s use of language, often employing stylistic techniques not seen in mainstream poetry to do so. She has received significant recognition…

Five Questions: An Interview with Donald Revell

Originally born in the Bronx in 1954, Donald Revell received his PhD at SUNY Buffalo, before going on to teach at the universities of Tennessee, Denver, Missouri, Iowa, Alabama, Utah, and (currently) Nevada-Las Vegas. He has written multiple books, including Tantivy (2012), Essay: A Critical Memoir (2015), A Thief of Strings (2007), and The National Poetry…

Six Questions (and a Poem): Interview with Shara McCallum

Originally from Jamaica, Shara McCallum is the author of five books of poetry: Madwoman (Alice James Books, US, 2017 and Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2017); The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2011); This Strange Land (Alice James Books, US, 2011), a finalist for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean…

Six Questions: An Interview with Amy Gerstler

Born in San Diego California in 1956, American poet Amy Gerstler graduated from Pitzer College and later received an M.F.A from Bennington College. She is now a professor in the MFA writing program at the University of California, Irvine. Gerstler has written many acclaimed poetry books, including Ghost Girl (2004), Crown of Weeds (1997), and Medicine (2000), which was…

Five Questions: An Interview with Robert Wrigley

During the fall of 2016, Matt Meyjes and I conducted an interview with esteemed American contemporary poet Robert Wrigley. Mr. Wrigley was born in St. Louis, IL in 1951 and was the first person in his family to graduate from college, escaping a dreary life of coal-mining. Though he does think that poetry is a very useful…

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Six Questions: An Interview With Christian Bök

Christian Bök is a renowned modern poet that hails from Toronto, Canada. “Vowels,” featured in the 2007 version of Best American Poetry, is arguably his most well-known poem. Mr. Bök spends most of his time as a professor at University of Calgary, but still writes poetry as often as he can. Nick Trager and I conducted an interview…