Monthly Archive:: June 2012

Interview with Mary Biddinger, Series Editor for the Akron Series in Poetry

Author: | Categories: Publishing No comments
In truth, I had never put much thought into the Akron Series in Poetry in the past, partially due to my own ignorance, and partially due to aesthetics.  However, lately, I’ve been more interested in the Series, edited by Mary Biddinger relatively recently beginning in 2008.  I love what Mary

Women in Trouble: The Green Shore

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews 1 Comment
The Green Shore Natalie Bakopoulos Simon & Schuster, June 2012 368 pages $25.00 In 1970, when feminists in the U.S. declared “the personal is the political,” Greece was three years into a brutal military junta, where public protest was harshly silenced with arrest, torture, or exile to remote island

From Bennington to Book Tour: A Life-of-Letters Q&A

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
Last weekend I had the privilege to travel up to Bennington College, where I spoke on a Life of Letters panel with friend (and fellow Ploughshares contributor/guest blogger) Megan Mayhew Bergman. Megan and I are both alums of Bennington’s low-residency MFA program; I graduated in 2009, Megan in 2010.

5 for Carl Phillips

Author: | Categories: Writing No comments
When the poet Alan Dugan was alive, there used to be a reading every summer in Wellfleet at the local library where members of his workshop would read their poems to, mostly, locals.  It was a generous thing of Alan to do, and also something rare – seeing poets

Hearing Voices: Women Versing Life presents Tarfia Faizullah and the Unpublished Manuscript

Author: | Categories: Publishing, Writing 4 Comments
The work of getting a manuscript published, that rejection and frustration, begins to feel at times like self abuse. Writing is a lonely adventure, but most of us feel driven to it; quitting is inconceivable. Submitting work, though, is more like managing a business, and most poets I know

Anatomy Courses, and an Interview with Blake Butler

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Writing No comments
Anatomy Courses Blake Butler and Sean Kilpatrick Lazy Fascist Press, January 2012 132 pages $10.95 Anatomy Courses by Blake Butler and Sean Kilpatrick is twisted in the best possible sense: linguistically. Butler and Kilpatrick’s work of fiction consists of 62 short sections, mostly one or two pages long, that

Martín Espada on Colonialism and the Poetry of Rebellion in Puerto Rico

Author: | Categories: Reading No comments
When I entered Poets House on May 31st for Martín Espada’s Home Page talk on Puerto Rican poetry, I carried with me a long-standing memory from Ernesto Quinoñez’s Bodega Dreams. Early in the novel from 2000, the narrator recalls his junior high school in Spanish Harlem: The whole time

How Do You Get Past the Sirens?

Author: | Categories: Writing, Writing Advice No comments
Several weeks ago I wrote a post called Why I’m Not On Twitter (Yet). I spoke about my compulsive/addictive tendencies as they relate to the Internet, and expressed my concern that joining Twitter might not be the best thing for me, my family, or my work. I received an

Literary Boroughs #6: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 11 Comments
The Literary Boroughs series will explore little-known and well-known literary communities across the country and world and show that while literary culture can exist online without regard to geographic location, it also continues to thrive locally. The series will run on our blog from May 2012 until AWP13 in Boston. Please enjoy the sixth

The Indoor Secret Movie Voice or Being Wildly Coherent

Author: | Categories: Writing No comments
As soon as you find your voice, you’ve lost it                                                                          Jon Anderson *