“Here’s my Sukun”

On stillness as punctuation, the pause before moving forward, a parent’s death, aftershocks, and what’s next | Blas Falconer talks to Kazim Ali

Of Things Never Told Before

On myths and muses, radical artifice, genre switching, and the love of children’s poetry | Joseph Thomas talks to Neil Philip

Other People’s Voices

How sound can bridge the past and present and what books of poetry have in common with websites | Zach Bernstein and Paisley Rekdal talk about her digital project West: A Translation

Poetry Unbound

On the other 99% of poetry, how it actually exists in the world | Jessica Pressman talks to poet and scholar
Mike Chasar

Eastern-European Poets on Poetry & War

In this forum from our archives poets from Ukraine, Poland, and other east European countries consider poetry’s power in the face of war and how the 2014 invasion and annexation of Crimea affected their lives and work

Celebrating the Natural World

The human, the nonhuman, a love of revising, and the sorrow necessary in celebrating the natural world | Tami Haaland talks to Aimee Nezhukumatathil

A Head Full of Music

On songs, the state, sandhill cranes, and editing in her head | Allison Hedge Coke talks to Tami Haaland

Syntax Grammar and Power

“I wanted to create a very different relationship with grammar.” | Dora Malech and Kristina Marie Darling talk about Malech’s new book.

Interview with CMarie Fuhrman and Dean Rader: Gatekeeping: Who Gets to be Heard & Read?

This deeply meditative interview with CMarie Fuhrman and Dean Rader, editors of the 2019 collection, Native Voices, raises essential questions about the literary canon. Who gets to decide visibility? Who gets the platform to give voice to experience? What bodies are fortunate enough to be consumed by poetry? Or in Hari Alluri’s words, “Whose bodies are consumed by poetry? …

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Editor’s Note: After we have published our first Roundtable Discussion on Poetics And Disability in early 2018 (which was followed up by our Roundtable Discussion on Deaf Poetics) we have received many e-mails, indicating much interest. There were also numerous requests to continue this work. Our response was to start a series of individual interviews with poets exploring Deaf and …


Interview with Ellen Doré Watson

Ellen Doré Watson is the author is five poetry books, including pray me stay eager, published in 2018. She is also a well-known translator, most notably from the Portuguese of Brazilian poet Adélia Prado, for which she received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, among other honors. Watson’s work has appeared widely, from The …

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David Baker was born in Maine in 1954 and spent his childhood in Missouri. He received PhD from the University of Utah and has won fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Currently a Professor of English and the Thomas B. Fordham Chair …


Conversation with Tina Chang

Tina Chang is the Poet Laureate of Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her family. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry—including Half-Lit Houses, a finalist for the Asian American Literary Award—and coeditor of the seminal anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond. …

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Conversation with Karen Head

On Negotiating Time and Place: A Conversation with Karen Head on her forthcoming fifth book of poetry, Lost on Purpose, Iris Press, 2019 Karen Head’s new collection of poems, Lost on Purpose, is both a powerful meditation on the poetics of memory and travel–and an unforgettable sequence of love lyrics. The poems are playful, memorable, …

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Conversation with Tess Taylor

RIFT ZONE, Taylor’s third book, is due out in 2020 from Red Hen Press. Her poems trace literal and metaphoric fault lines between past and present; childhood and adulthood; what is and what was. Circling an ordinary California suburb lying along the Hayward fault, these poems include redwood trees, hummingbirds, buried streams, and the otherworldy cries of new babies. They are also records of …

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