Featured Selection

  • Dear Stuart

      Bruce Weigl What it Means to Lose a Teacher Under Quarantine “Write it down, just like you told me.” SF   All of us are gathered here to celebrate the work and the life of our teacher, friend, and master of the arts of poetry and translation, Stuart Friebert.  It is not ironic that what we have to offer

    Issue #112 December 2020
  • On Queer Poetics, Writing Courageously, and Becoming Otherwise: An Interview with Nomi Stone by Amanda Newell

    I'm interested in the ways in which your poetry contemplates the relationship between the self and the community and the ways in which community shapes identity.
    Issue #111 November 2020
  • francine j harris Interviewed by Amy Beeder

    francine j harris’ third book Here is the Sweet Hand, with which she “fully emerges as one of the best and most relevant contemporary poets,” (Craig Morgan Teicher, NPR) is recently out from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. In our following conversation, which took place over six months (April to September 2020), harris lends us her thoughts on Covid, protests, the

    Issue #110 October 2020
  • Ranjit Hoskote interviewed by Leeya Mehta

    Chronicler of a Blue Planet: An audio interview with Ranjit Hoskote by Leeya Mehta Ranjit Hoskote has lived, for most of his life, in Bombay, on the shores of the Arabian Sea. He has been fascinated, ever since he was a child, by the presence of water, with its transcultural histories and legends retold in several languages. In his mind,

    Issue #109 September 2020
  • From Lewisburg to Syracuse: An interview with Bruce Smith by Chard deNiord

    By June, by muggy, iffy June of 1968 I had received a draft notice
    Issue #108 August 2020
  • Caliche Sand and Clay: Five Albuquerque Poets

    I spoke with five women from Albuquerque: poets and also―variously―fiction writers, essayists, instructors, activists, artists, parents and caretakers.
    Issue #107 July 2020
  • Reginald Dwayne Betts: On Art, Poetry, the Particular Fucked Up Parts of Incarceration, and the Multitudes of I — Interview by Amanda Newell

    I had the pleasure of interviewing Reginald Dwayne Betts in a conversation that ranged from poetry, race, and erasure to Dunbar, Du Bois and Mos Def. We talked about prison, the language we use to describe it, and what happens when we frame the narrative of incarceration as being singularly “rooted in the experience of black men.”      AN:

    Issue #106 June 2020
  • Ladder, Facts and Rungs—Dancing on the Train Tracks with Fleda Brown Interview by Nancy Mitchell

    NM:  These eight prose poems in “Treatises” speak with the authority of well-documented research and claim the same authority of the self, of the “facts” therein. Is it this authority that allows for shifts from exterior to interior, the acknowledgment of the interconnectedness of each to each? FB: I guess age confers some authority, but honestly, when I wrote these

    Issue #105 May 2020
  • Christopher Salerno interviewed by Nancy Mitchell

    NM:  I’m struck by the shifts of perspective within these featured poems, including human to non-human— in “SPORTS NO ONE FOLLOWS” we see the shift from the them of the bumblebees to the some of us, the distance between collapsed by the image of big as eyeballs; in “DAYLIGHT SAVINGS” We put mud on our faces, got beyond/being human, said

    Issue #104 April 2020
  • 5 Under 35 Plus

    5 under 35 Plus    JN It is with deep honor I introduce the second installment of this feature. Below are twelve startling poems by six exceptional poets. I learned so much not only through their work, but through their insightful answers to the interview questions. In this feature you will find a fabulous array of poetic approaches by poets

    Issue #103 March 2020
  • Engraved Phrases on Open Seas: Poems and Notes on Translations of Khal Torabully

    Engraved Phrases on Open Seas: Poems and Notes on Translations of Khal Torabully By Nancy Naomi Carlson   Few books have had as great an impact on the course of my literary translation career as The Parley Tree: Poets from French-Speaking Africa & the Arab World, edited and translated by Patrick Williamson. This wonderful anthology introduced me to French-language poets

    Issue #102 February 2020
  • On Poetry and the Necessity of Aimless Wandering: An interview with Alan Shapiro by Amanda Newell

    I had the pleasure of interviewing Alan Shapiro for this month’s feature, and we talked about everything from the prose poem and syntax to the necessity of aimless wandering and how humor and grief often coexist in poetry, as they do in life. At this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference, Shapiro will be honored for his

    Issue #101 January 2020