Interviews Archive

Art & Politics: An Interview with Author & Best American Short Stories Editor Heidi Pitlor

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What is the function of the artist and writer in a troubled society? What is our role in these uncertain and precarious political times?

Shut Up and Breathe: An Interview With Marcus McCann

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From a handful of chapbooks through his first two collections, poet Marcus McCann’s work has become more confident and more willing to experiment, managing an incredibly precise linguistic and lyric gymnastics. Here, he talks about his latest collection, Shut Up Slow Down Let Go Breathe.

The Creative Process of Translating Text: An Interview With Dr. Erdağ Göknar

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I spoke with Dr. Erdağ Göknar, an award-winning scholar, poet, and translator, about how his diaspora background contributes to his work, his approach to translation as a creative act, and the limiting factor of editorial expectations in publishing Turkish texts in translation.

“These Poems Wanted to be Written Without Titles”: An Interview With Allison Benis White

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Allison Benis White’s prose poems evoke a world of loss and wonder, in which the mysteries of our daily lives are illuminated as a story that finds its shape in the telling. She is the author of three books of poetry, Self-Portrait With Crayon, Small Porcelain Head, and, most

Meaning Matters: A Conversation With Kate Schapira

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Kate Schapira is a Providence-based poet, essayist, teacher, and activist, whose ongoing Climate Anxiety Counseling project is a thing of rhizomic, open-bracketed beauty, the subtle complexity of which half eludes and completely captivates me.

“Living Imaginarily Under Truthful Circumstances”: An Interview With Elizabeth Powell

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Elizabeth A. I. Powell’s poems are adventures in language; they travel freely across the borderlands of genre and bring the reader along for an inventive, unforgettable ride.

The Narrative Conscience: An Interview With Connie May Fowler

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Connie May Fowler’s new memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, is the story of finding home on a Florida sandbar, a migratory crossroads for monarchs, hummingbirds, purple martins, where “dragonflies stir the air with the metallic thrum of transparent wings.”

Writing as Activism: An Interview With Jay Baron Nicorvo

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I first heard Jay Baron Nicorvo give a reading in the summer of 2009. Last month, Jay’s debut novel The Standard Grand released from St. Martin’s Press. I had the chance to chat with Jay about his work and its intersection with this moment in American history.

“To resuscitate that stifled voice”: An Interview with Robin Richardson on Minola Review

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Robin Richardson is the author of two collections of poetry, and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work has appeared in Salon, Poetry Magazine, Hazlitt, Tin House, Partisan, Joyland, and The North American Review, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and has been

“A Poet of the Intimate Spaces”: An Interview with Gbenga Adesina 

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The poems of Nigerian-born writer Gbenga Adesina speak to us across not only geographic distances, but also the vast expanses of the heart. His poems embody what he calls an “inexorable tenderness” that is often surprising, often moving—a voice that startles us awake to the possibilities of language.