Posts Tagged ‘ Interviews ’

Rusty Morrison interviews Bradford Morrow

BM_JessamineChanPhotoCredit[Cropped]_Oct2011Bradford Morrow is the author of the novels Come Sunday, The Almanac Branch (PEN/Faulkner finalist), Trinity Fields, Giovanni’s Gift, Ariel’s Crossing, and The Diviner’s Tale as well as the short story collection, The Uninnocent. Founding editor of the literary journal Conjunctions, Morrow is the recipient of numerous awards including the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Nora Magid Award for editing, an O. Henry award and Pushcart Prize. He co-edited The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth with Sam Hamill, The New Gothic with Patrick McGrath, and most recently The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death with David Shields. Morrow is a professor of literature and Bard Center Fellow at Bard College and divides his time between New York City and a farmhouse in upstate New York. His website is www.bradfordmorrow.com.

(Photo by Jessamine Chan.)

A short story from The Uninnocent by Bradford Morrow follows the interview.

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Barbara Claire Freeman interviews Adam Fitzgerald

Untitled1Adam Fitzgerald is a poet and editor of the poetry journal Maggy who lives in the East Village and teaches at Rutgers University and The New School. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in A Public Space, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. His first book of poetry, The Late Parade, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton / Liveright in 2013.

Barbara Claire Freeman is a literary critic and professor of literature who has recently turned her full attention to writing poetry. She is the author of The Feminine Sublime: Gender and Excess in Women’s Fiction (University of California Press, 1998, pbk. 2000), among other works of literary theory and criticism. Formerly an Associate Professor of English at Harvard, she teaches in the Rhetoric Department at UC Berkeley. Incivilities, her first collection of poems, was published by Counterpath Press in November, 2009; a chapbook, St. Ursula’s Silence, was published by Instance Press in 2010. Selections from these collections won the Boston Review/Discovery Prize and the Language Exchange Prize (Sarah Lawrence College). Recent work from #343, which was the runner up for the 2012 Cleveland State University Press Open Book Prize, has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, Agriculture Reader, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Forklift, Ohio, Jacket 1, Maggy Poetry Magazine, Seattle Review, The Offending Adam, The Volta, Volt, Washington Square Review, and Wave Composition, among others.

A poem by Adam Fitzgerald follows the interview.

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Poets, Presses & Periodicals: EtherDome

Poets, Presses & Periodicals is a regular feature of OmniVerse, created and curated by Sara Mumolo: a conversation with the publisher of a small press or periodical, a poet they have chosen to highlight, and one of our OmniVerse staff writers.

In this installment a poem and audio recording of the featured poet, Stacy Szymaszek, follows the conversation.

Sara Mumolo’s first collection of poems, Mortar, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in fall, 2013, and she is also the author of the chapbook March (Cannibal Books, 2011). Mumolo is the Program Manager of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of CA. She curated the Studio One Reading Series from 2008-2012 and has published work in Lana Turner, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Volta, The Offending Adam, and Action Yes, among others. She co-edits the irregular chapbook series, CALAVERAS, with Alisa Heinzman.

Elizabeth Robinson and Colleen Lookingbill edited EtherDome Press for twelve years. Robinson is the author, most recently, of Three Novels, a collection of poems published by Omnidawn. A new book, Counterpart, is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press in September, 2012. Robinson has been a recipient of grants from the Boomerang Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Fund for Poetry. She will be a Djerassi Fellow in the fall of 2012 and the Hugo Fellow at the University of Montana in the spring of 2013.

Stacy Szymaszek was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. From 1999 to 2005, she worked for Woodland Pattern Book Center. In 2005 she moved to New York to serve as Program Coordinator at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, where she became Artistic Director in 2007. She is the author of the chapbooks Some Mariners (Etherdome, 2004), There Were Hostilities (repair, 2005), Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005), Stacy S: Autoportraits (OMG! Press, 2008), Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (Faux Chaps, 2008), from Hart Island (Albion Books, 2009) and austerity measures (Fewer & Further Press, 2012), among many others. Her first full-length book, Emptied of All Ships, was published in 2005 and her second book Hyperglossia in 2009, both with Litmus Press.

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Lisa Wells interviews Emily Kendal Frey

Emily Kendal Frey is the author of The Grief Performance (Cleveland State University Poetry Center 2011), winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award (2012), as well as several chapbook and chapbook collaborations, including Airport (Blue Hour 2009), Frances (Poor Claudia 2010), and The New Planet (Mindmade Books 2010). She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Lisa Wells is the author of BEAST (poems, Bedouin Books 2012) and Yeah. No. Totally., a book of essays (Perfect Day Publishing, 2011.) Her work has appeared places like The Nervous Breakdown, Propeller Quarterly, Coldfront, Plazm Magazine, and Ecotone. She’s a regular contributor to The Rumpus and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

A poem by Emily Kendal Frey follows the interview.

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Barbara Claire Freeman interviews Edward Sugden

Edward Sugden is a doctoral student at the University of Oxford working on nineteenth century American literature. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Oxonian Review, co-founder and an editor of the online webzine Wave Composition, and his reviews have appeared widely in publications such as The Times Literary Supplement, Lana Turner Online and the Oxonian Review.

Barbara Claire Freeman is a literary critic and professor of literature who has recently turned her full attention to writing poetry. Formerly an Associate Professor of English at Harvard, she teaches creative writing in the Rhetoric Department at U.C. Berkeley. Incivilities, her first collection of poems, was published by Counterpath Press in November, 2009; a chapbook, St. Ursula’s Silence, was published by Instance Press in 2010. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, Agriculture Reader, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Forklift, Ohio, Jacket, Seattle Review, and Volt, among others.


A poem by Edward Sugden follows the interview.

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Barbara Claire Freeman interviews Andrew Wessels

Andrew Wessels has lived in Houston, Cambridge, and Las Vegas, where he held the John Cobain Fellowship from Black Mountain Institute. Currently, he splits his time between Istanbul and Los Angeles. His poems, translations, and collaborations can recently be found in or are forthcoming from VOLT, Colorado Review, Fence, Witness, The Journal, Washington Square Review, Grist, Handsome, Fact-Simile, and 580 Split. He edits The Offending Adam.

Barbara Claire Freeman is a literary critic and professor of literature who has recently turned her full attention to writing poetry. Formerly an Associate Professor of English at Harvard, she teaches creative writing in the Rhetoric Department at U.C. Berkeley. Incivilities, her first collection of poems, was published by Counterpath Press in November, 2009; a chapbook, St. Ursula’s Silence, was published by Instance Press in 2010. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, Agriculture Reader, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Forklift, Ohio, Jacket, Seattle Review, and Volt, among others.


A poem by Andrew Wessels follows the interview.

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Rusty Morrison interviews Melissa Kwasny

one of the two co-editors of the anthology I GO TO THE RUINED PLACE: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights

Co-editors of the anthology:

Melissa Kwasny is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Nine Senses (Milkweed Editions 2011), as well as the editor of Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1950 (Wesleyan University Press 2004).

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M.L. Smoker belongs to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation. Her first collection of poems is entitled Another Attempt at Rescue. Her poems and stories have appeared in Shenendoah, South Dakota Review, Many Mountains Moving and many anthologies. She resides in Helena, Montana, where she is Director of Indian Education at the Office of Public Instruction.

Two poems from the anthology appear at the bottom of this interview.

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Barbara Claire Freeman interviews Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Born and raised in Seattle, Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of five books, and the editor of several projects: The Volta, Letter Machine Editions, as well as two anthologies from University of Iowa Press. In 2011, IndiePix Films released his first movie, a feature-length documentary about the band Califone called Made a Machine by Describing the Landscape. His most recent book is Selenography (Sidebrow Books 2010), which is the first work in a five-book sequence called the No Volta pentalogy. Swamp Isthmus (Book 2) and The Courier’s Archive & Hymnal (Book 3) are forthcoming from Black Ocean and Sidebrow Books in 2013 and 2014, respectively. He lives in Tucson, where he teaches at the University of Arizona.

Barbara Claire Freeman is a literary critic and professor of literature who has recently turned her full attention to writing poetry. Formerly an Associate Professor of English at Harvard, she teaches creative writing in the Rhetoric Department at U.C. Berkeley. Incivilities, her first collection of poems, was published by Counterpath Press in November, 2009; a chapbook, St. Ursula’s Silence, was published by Instance Press in 2010. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, Agriculture Reader, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Forklift, Ohio, Jacket, Seattle Review, and Volt, among others.

A poem by Joshua Marie Wilkinson follows the interview.
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Poets, Presses & Periodicals: Canarium Books

Poets, Presses & Periodicals is a new feature of OmniVerse: a conversation with the publisher of a small press or periodical, a poet they have chosen to highlight, and one of our OmniVerse editors.

A poem and audio recording of the featured poet, Suzanne Buffam, follows the conversation.

Sara Mumolo works for the MFA Program at Saint Mary’s College of CA. Her chapbook March was published by Cannibal in 2011 and her poetry collection Outside the Predicate is forthcoming from Omnidawn. Poems have appeared in Lana Turner, The Offending Adam, 1913: a journal of forms, Eleven Eleven, and Typo, among others.

Joshua Edwards directs and co-edits Canarium Books. He’s the translator of María Baranda’s Ficticia (Shearsman, 2010) and the author of Campeche (Noemi Press, 2011) and Imperial Nostalgias (Ugly Duckling Presse, forthcoming). He lives in Berkeley and worships the Sun.

Suzanne Buffam’s most recent collection of poetry, The Irrationalist, was a finalist for the 2011 Griffin Prize. Born and raised in Canada, she creative writing teaches at the University of Chicago.

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Turner Canty interviews Mary Jane Nealon

Mary Jane Nealon RN, MFA is the author of BEAUTIFUL UNBROKEN: One Nurse’s Life (Graywolf Press; 2011) and has published two collections of poetry: Rogue Apostle (Fourway Books; 2001) and Immaculate Fuel (Four Way Books; 2004). She is the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. In 2005 she was the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholar. She lives in Missoula, Montana where she works as the Director of Integration for Partnership Health Center.

Turner Canty received a BA from the University of Montana in English and Creative Writing, and now lives in Oakland, California. He writes poetry, and his work can be found in Fence, the Oval and other magazines. He is the newest edition to the Omnidawn feature writing team.

An excerpt from the memoir follows the interview.

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