Emilia Phillips is the author of Signaletics (University of Akron Press, 2013) and two chapbooks including Bestiary of Gall (Sundress Publications, 2013). Her poetry appears in Agni, Beloit Poetry Journal, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, The Journal, The Kenyon Review, Narrative, The Paris-American, Poetry Magazine, Third Coast, and elsewhere. She’s the recipient of the 2012 Poetry Prize from The Journal, selected by G.C. Waldrep; 2nd Place in Narrative’s 2012 30 Below Contest; and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, U.S. Poets in Mexico, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her MFA in poetry in 2012. She serves as the prose editor for 32 Poems, a staff member of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and as the 2013–2014 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College.
Lisa Wells is a poet and essayist. She’s the author of the chapbook BEAST (Bedouin, 2012), and a book of essays, Yeah. No. Totally. (PDP, 2011). Her work appears or is forthcoming from Third Coast, The Rumpus, Austin Review, Southern Humanities Review, Coldfront, and others. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she currently lives in Iowa City where she’s an MFA candidate in poetry at the Writers’ Workshop.
Mary Austin Speaker is the author of the chapbooks The Bridge (Push Press 2011); 20 Love Poems for 10 Months (Ugly Duckling Presse 2012); a collaborative play, I Am You This Morning You Are Me Tonight, written with her husband, poet Chris Martin; and Ceremony, winner of the 2012 Slope Editions book prize. She co-founded the Triptych poetry reading series in New York City in 2008 and curated the Reading Between A&B series for several years. Recent poems appear in Forklift, Ohio, Iowa Review, Boston Review, epiphany, Lungfull, Amerarcana, and elsewhere. Her critical work has appeared recently in Pleiades, Painted Bride Quarterly and elsewhere. She lives in Iowa City, where she operates a tiny design studio.
Lisa Wells is the author of the chapbook BEAST (Bedouin Books 2012) and Yeah. No. Totally., a book of essays (Perfect Day Publishing 2011.) Her work has appeared places like Portland Review, Ecotone, Coldfront, The Rumpus, Plazm Magazine, and here at OmniVerse. She lives in Iowa City.
A poem by Mary Austin Speaker follows the interview.
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The summer you wooed me I read
your journal while you slept, lyrics
for the Gretsch you down-stroked
until your wrist bled. My hands shook
turning the pages, searching for sign.
Some clue about what I was.
She’s a castle. I’m a thief,
stealing her crown from a red velvet seat.
The throne was my heart, I guess.
Its previous owner, your best pal.
What did I know about any of it?
Fifteen years old and phobic.
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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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