Friday, June 21, 2013

Working Writers Series Interview Up at The Missouri Review Blog

As the title implies, I am at The Missouri Review Blog as part of the Working Writers Series. I had so much fun doing this! The interview covers everything from dreams, poetry, motherhood, how all of these things influence my writing and my involvement with quite a few magazines/literary journals.

One of the questions was if I could recommend any poetry collections. Of course! Here is a sample-perhaps these will be added to your reading list?

Just one collection of good poems? Impossible. I have to say anything Kevin Young, but the last three are really great:Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011); Dear Darkness: Poems (2008); For the Confederate Dead (2007). Also, A.E. Stallings- amazing word structure. I think she may have only two collections, but her individual poems are everywhere. Late Wife by Claudia Emerson.  Layers and layers of emotion here and so precise. I just recently read David Wojahn’s Spirit Cabinet. He read at the last Vermont College of Fine Arts writing residency in January. Two of the poems he read, “Decoy Birds” and “Study Skins,” are in the current issue of The Southern Review (Spring 2013). The other poem he read at the residency was one addressed directly to the Vice-President of the NRA, incorporating the Sandy Hook shooting and Dante’s Inferno into it.  That reading was so amazing. There was a collective, audible “Mmmm-hmmm” when he finished  It just felt like socially conscious, yet personal writing.  

If you want to participate, here are the guidelines:

Welcome back to our many-part series where we chat with Working Writers who have not had success in the traditional sense. No major awards, no books in print, maybe only a few or no publications, but are still writing. Our goal is to give voice to a wide range of writers, to learn from their experiences, and to open a discussion about living the craft. If you fit the description and want to be involved, please send an email to us at 

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