Interviews

Pepper Luboff interviews Shira Dentz

shira_dentz_pic_zps4651bd86Shira Dentz is the author of two books, black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman) and door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press), as well as two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman) and Sisyphusina (forthcoming from Red Glass Books). Her writing has appeared in many journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, and New American Writing, and featured online at The Academy of American Poets’ website (Poets.org), NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award and Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Utah, and was writer-in-residence at The New College of Florida in spring 2012 and 2013. She is also Drunken Boat’s Reviews Editor. Find her online at www.shiradentz.com.

Pepper Luboff is an Oakland-based writer, editor, and artist with an MFA in creative writing from the University of Utah. Her chapbook, And when the time for the breaking, was recently published by Ark Press, and she is a regular reviewer for Drunken Boat and OmniVerse.

A poem by Shira Dentz follows the interview.

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Poets, Presses & Periodicals: Octopus Books

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, Patrick Culliton, follows the conversation.

Sara Cropped Photo for Book copySara Mumolo is the Program Manager for the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of CA. She curated the Studio One Reading Series from 2008-2012 and co-edits Calaveras with Alisa Heinzman. Her first collection of poems, Mortar, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in fall 2013.

alisaheinzmanAlisa Heinzman works for a translation company and lives in Nebraska with Jake Gillespie. She co-edits Octopus Books with Mathias Svalina and Zachary Schomburg and Hajara Quinn, and co-edits the chapbook series Calaveras with Sara Mumolo.

Culliton PicPatrick Culliton is a small blue sock from Ohio. He is the author of the chapbooks Hornet Homily (Octopus Books) and Horse Ballast (Pavement Saw Press).

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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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A Conversation with Jack Collom

In the second part of our three-issue celebration of Jack Collom’s work, we are proud to present this special interview with Jack Collom from Elizabeth Robinson.

Jack Collom was born in Chicago in 1931. Jack has had 24 books of poetry (including chapbooks) published. He’s been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, plus many other grants for magazine and book production and, especially, work with children. His books on leading children into producing excellent creative writing are: Poetry Everywhere (with Sheryl Noethe), Moving Windows, and A Slow Flash of Light, all published by Teachers & Writers Collaborative, New York. He has given readings widely throughout the United States and sometimes beyond. He continues to write experimental and nature poetry abundantly.

Elizabeth Robinson is an editor at Instance Press and is serving as the Hugo Fellow at the University of Montana this spring. Her most recent books are Three Novels (Omnidawn) and Counterpart (Ahsahta).

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Lisa Wells interviews Mary Austin Speaker

MaryAustinSpeaker_8_2012_forwebMary 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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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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