Search the Site

Blog / Interviews

10 Questions

10 Questions for M.A. Untch

- By Christin Howard

“Stars crept through bedroom windows to feed the dark.
Everybody became a friend that died.
Blitzed desire tiptoed in from all directions.
Wintered, feverish roses bloomed on yellowed sheets.
Not me, thinking back as far as I could– who
            did I touch? How many sheets spilled over my bed…” From "Better Angels II," Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote:
I wrote a poem “Estate Sale” while visiting relatives in Appomattox, VA. My aunt was having a lawn sale. When I started the poem, I had no idea where I was going with it until...


10 Questions

10 Questions for Alice Friman

- By Christin Howard

“But I do wish
we had found the courage to use
those purpled hours and put them
to work: defy decorum and undress.
peel off,disrobe, strip down to the very
bones if necessary.” —From “On the Overnight Train” Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I wrote poems in college. Didn't everyone? Terrible poems of love-longing and seventeen-year-old misery. But the first poem I ever wrote that I worked on and saved I called "Beneath My Heart." I had a friend who was pregnant and I wanted to express, to put into words, the tight clutch of a fetus—that little fist of 3rd month cells, that— well you see, I couldn'...


10 Questions

10 Questions for Robert Carr

- By Emma Kemp

I found a small white tangerine.
It’s in my head, squeezed
Between what I perceive and what
I call things.

From Every Thought Is Citric Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The poem that comes to mind is G.R.I.D (gay-related immune deficiency). In the first years of the epidemic, this acronym was used to describe AIDS. I generated this poem in workshop with Ada Limón at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown about four years ago - which is about the same time I seriously committed to writing poetry. Addressing the AIDS epidemic became a central...


10 Questions

10 Questions for Stephanie MacLean

- By Christin Howard

“I wouldn’t be in this cult if it weren’t for Bob Dylan. It was forbidden to call The Tribes a cult, but occasionally, hovering over tired feet and yanking at the seat of her pantaloons, my mother would mutter the words under her breath while folding laundry or stirring a large pot of cabbage soup.” From "The Tribes," Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
My first published short story, “Blue,” has sentimental value since it was based on my husband’s very lovely, but quite decrepit Shar Pei of the same name. It was written in second person, which is usually frowned upon, but an East Hampton newspaper published it and I was...


10 Questions

10 Questions for Tabish Khair

- By Emma Kemp

“Despite the superficial tinkering [of the revisions in the Norton English], which, as suggested, is justified by a marketing rationale rather than a literary one, what lingers on is the general incapacity of the Norton English to really step out of mainstream Anglo-American critical paradigms.” – From “The Nortoning of Nagra,” Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I think it was a poem, roughly metered and rhymed of course, about plane-crash survivors drifting out in sea. And similar poems, heavy on empathy, influenced by the British Romantics and Victorian poets read in school, because they were written in secondary school. These poems my doctor-father...


Join the email list for our latest news