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Five Questions: 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…
Six Questions: An Interview With Dick Allen - Born August 8, 1939, Dick Allen grew up near the Adirondack Mountains in Round Lake, New York. As a student, he received his BA from Syracuse University and his MA from Brown University. His numerous poetry collections include Present Vanishing: Poems (2008) and Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected (1997). Allen is…
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…
Five Questions: An Interview With Alan Michael Parker - Born in New York in 1961, Alan Michael Parker is the trick of all trades.  As a novelist, he has written three novels.  As a poet, he has written eight collections including Days Like Prose, Elephants and Butterflies, Ten Days, and Long Division.  As a professor, he has been teaching creative writing at Davidson College since…
Five Questions: An Interview with Chase Twitchell - Born in 1950 in Connecticut, Chase Twichell is a practicing Buddhist poet. Her works include Northern Spy (1981), The Odds (1986), Perdido (1991), The Ghost of Eden (1995), The Snow Watcher (1998), Dog Language (2005), and Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (2010). Although currently retired, Twichell has taught at Princeton…
Ten Questions: An Interview With Victoria Kelly - For my poet interview, I decided to interview Victoria Kelly. Kelly is both a poet and novelist (author of Mrs. Houdini) and is known for her poetry book When Men Go Off To War in which she uses her personal experience as a military wife.  When Men Go Off To War was published in 2015  by the…