Interviews

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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Peter Burghardt interviews Wayne Miller

Wayne Miller is the author of three poetry collections: The City, Our City (Milkweed, 2011), The Book of Props (2009), and Only the Senses Sleep (New Issues, 2006). He also translated Moikom Zeqo’s I Don’t Believe in Ghosts (BOA, 2007) and co-edited New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008; w/ Kevin Prufer) and Tamura Ryuichi: On the Life & Work of a 20th Century Master (Pleiades Press, 2011; w/ Takako Lento). The recipient of six awards from the Poetry Society of America, Wayne lives in Kansas City and teaches at the University of Central Missouri, where he edits Pleiades.

Peter Burghardt is a current MFA candidate at St. Mary’s College where he studies poetry and edits Mary: A Journal of New Writing. He lives in Oakland, California where he also works for Omnidawn Publishing as a Poetry Editor.

A poem by Wayne Miller follows the interview.

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Turner Canty interviews Kevin Prufer

Kevin Prufer is the author of, among others, In a Beautiful Country (Four Way Books, 2011) and National Anthem (Four Way books, 2008), named one of the five best poetry books of the year by Publishers Weekly. He’s also editor of several volumes, most recently New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008; w/ Wayne Miller) and Dunstan Thompson: on the Life and Work of a Lost American Master (Unsung Masters, 2010; w/ D.A. Powell). He is Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, Editor of the Unsung Masters Series, and Editor-at-Large of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.

Turner Canty has 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.

A new poem by Kevin Prufer follows the interview.

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Rusty Morrison interviews rob mclennan

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction in Canada, the United States, Ireland, Japan and England, he has published work in over two hundred trade journals in fourteen countries and three languages, and performed in Ireland, England, Wales, the United States and across Canada. His most recent titles are the poetry collections grief notes: (BlazeVOX [books], 2012), A (short) history of l. (BuschekBooks, 2011), Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011), kate street (Moira, 2011) and 52 flowers (or, a perth edge) (Obvious Epiphanies, 2010), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater. In 1999, he won the CAA/Air Canada Prize for most promising writer (in any genre) in Canada under the age of thirty, and the John Newlove Poetry Award from Bywords.ca in October 2011, judged by a. rawlings. In 2008, ECW Press released a collection of his literary essays, Subverting the lyric: essays, the same year Arsenal Pulp Press produced his expansive tourist guide, Ottawa: The Unknown City. He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com.

Rusty Morrison is the co-publisher of Omnidawn.

A new poem by rob mclennan follows the interview.
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Rusty Morrison interviews Laura Neuman

Laura Neuman is a poet and performing artist who has lived in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and (soon) Seattle. From 2007-2011, she/xe performed in and sometimes co-created dances with The Workshop for Potential Movement. Some of her poems have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and Tinge. Laura holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Bard College Milton Avery School of the Arts, and an M.A. in Poetry from Temple University. She has taught Creative Writing, Poetry, and Composition to undergraduates at Temple.

Rusty Morrison is the co-publisher of Omnidawn.

A new poem by Laura Neuman follows the interview.
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Peter Burghardt interviews Matthew Henriksen

Matthew Henriksen is the author of Ordinary Sun (Black Ocean, 2011) and the chapbooks Another Word (DoubleCross Press, 2009) and Is Holy (horse less press, 2006). Some recent poems appear in Fence, Realpoetik, Raleigh Quarterly, Alice Blue Review, Sink Review, and Two Weeks. He co-edits Typo, an online poetry journal, and formerly published Cannibal Books, a book arts poetry press. He lives and teaches in the Ozark Mountains.

Peter Burghardt is a current MFA candidate at St. Mary’s College where he studies poetry and edits Mary: A Journal of New Writing. He lives in Oakland, California where he also works for Omnidawn Publishing as their Bookstore Outreach Manager.

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Juliana Paslay interviews Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting is the current fiction editor of Witness and author of the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. At present, she is guest editing The Grey Issue of Fairy Tale Review, a theme issue focusing on Lost Boys & Girls. This fall, she will be an assistant professor of creative writing at John Carroll University.

Juliana Paslay is a features writer and bookstore liaison for Omnidawn. She is currently seeking her Creative Writing MFA at California College of the Arts.

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