Poet Interviews

Deborah Purdy: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 4. Yes, I’m excited–so excited–and I just can’t hide it. As a quick FYI, we now have 29 confirmed guest judges. I hope to have the list finalized by Monday. View who’s already on board here. Deborah Purdy lives in Pennsylvania where she writes poetry and...

Sally Valentine: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 5. We’re getting so very close to the beginning of this year’s challenge. I hope your pencils are sharpened, your paper is uncrumpled, and your mind is open to the world around you–or something like that (I have 5 kids; so I know it’s not always...

Linda Simoni-Wastila: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 6. I hope you’re getting excited, because I am! Linda Simoni-Wastila writes from Baltimore, where she also professes, mothers, and gives a damn. You can find her poems and prose at Smokelong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Scissors and Spackle, MiCrow, The Sun, Blue Five Notebook, The Poet’s Market...

George Smith: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 7. Speaking of the April PAD Challenge, there’s some great news on the way. I’m still getting everything finalized, but we’re going to make the challenge fun times infinity. Speaking of fun, click here to check out an analysis of my “cold water” poem by the...

Deri Pryor: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 8. I’m always surprised by just how close we all are–often without knowing it. For instance, I drive up and down I-75 at least once a month, often stopping at the Richmond, Kentucky, exit 87. Little did I know, one of our Top 25 poets actually...

Alana Sherman: Poet Interview

2014 April PAD Challenge countdown: 9. I don’t know about you, but I love learning about other poets, especially the poets who hang out at the Poetic Asides blog. Alana Sherman, poet and teacher, lives in Woodbourne, NY, with her husband and dogs in an 1834 farmhouse, under constant renovation (sort...

Bartholomew Barker: Poet Interview

As many of you know, the 2014 April PAD Challenge is just around the corner. Over the past few months, I’ve been sharing poet interviews with some of the Top 25 poets from the 2013 April PAD Challenge, but I wanted to save a few to do a kind of April...

Jane Shlensky: Poet Interview

Jane Shlensky likely doesn’t need an introduction on the Poetic Asides blog, but I’m going to give her one anyway, because she deserves it. Not only is Jane a fine poet (read her Top 10 sijo here), but she’s also one of the “encouragers” on this blog. Jane is also part...

Sara Tracey: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming poet Sara Tracey to Poetic Asides. Sara is the author of Some Kind of Shelter (Misty Publications, 2013) and Flood Year (dancing girl press, 2009). Her work has recently appeared in Vinyl Poetry, The Collagist, Harpur Palate, Passages North, and elsewhere. She has studied at the...

Taylor Graham: Poet Interview

The next poet in the Top 25 series from the 2013 April PAD Challenge has made herself known so well that I feel she doesn’t need an introduction. But here’s the thing: Taylor Graham is not a person who talks much about herself; rather, she just writes incredible poems. In addition...

Pamela Klein: Poet Interview

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that many poets follow Poetic Asides by reading what everyone else is doing, and they either play along anonymously in the shadows or don’t play at all–but they watch and read. Pamela Klein is one such poet. She says, “This was the first...

Annie Newcomer: Poet Interview

Please welcome Annie Newcomer as the latest poet interview in the Top 25 series of poet interviews from the 2013 April PAD Challenge! Here’s Annie’s account of getting started writing: “In 2005 cancer unexpectedly claimed my brother, John Klier, a renowned Russian historian, Jewish scholar and popular professor. While in shock,...

Gloria Watts: Poet Interview

For those wondering, yes, the November PAD Challenge results are almost finished. In fact, I’m planning to release the results tomorrow (as long as we still have power in these parts). Also, don’t forget to try your hand at writing sijo: click here to check out the latest WD Poetic Form...

Rachel Gurevich: Poet Interview

Quick note: The results for the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge have been delayed, but I’m getting close to make final decisions. Out of more than 80 submissions, I’ve narrowed the field to around a dozen final contenders. I hope to roll out the results later this week. From the November...

Taisha Cooke: Poet Interview

It’s time for another Top 25 poet interview from the April PAD Challenge (playing a little catch up after the holiday season). For this round, we have Taisha Cooke, who wrote a short, but very effective poem titled “Bad Timing.” Taisha was born and currently resides in Philadelphia. After working on...

De Jackson: Poet Interview

The next poet in our Top 25 series was actually cited in the previous interview: De Jackson. De has been around as long as I can remember on this blog, and she’s been an uplifting spirit–and I’ve personally witnessed her grow as a poet (hopefully she can say the same for...

Walter J. Wojtanik: Poet Interview

The next poet in our Top 25 poet interview series from the 2013 April PAD Challenge is one of the more generous and productive poets I’ve encountered since starting the Poetic Asides blog. I’m speaking, of course, of Walt Wojtanik. Walter J. Wojtanik started to hone his writing skills when he...

Carole Cole: Poet Interview

Here’s the next installment of the Top 25 poet interview series related to the 2013 Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. In this post, I’m happy to share a poem by Carole Cole. Posted: No Trespassing, by Carole Cole The elegant Victorian on the corner has sat vacant for a decade,...

Ian Chandler: Poet Interview

Here’s the next Top 25 poet from the 2013 April PAD Challenge (the November Challenge sort of knocked me off track): Ian Chandler. Ian’s poem “and your hands shook” is compact and packs a punch. Ian is currently attending Malone University with a double major in creative writing and philosophy. He...

Nancy Posey: Poet Interview

Our next Top 25 poet from the 2013 April PAD Challenge is Nancy Posey. She’s one of the more active poets on this blog, but she’s also an incredible reader. Tammy and me watched her and Jane Shlensky in Hickory, North Carolina, last year–and it was a great experience. Since Nancy...

William Preston: Poet Interview

This week’s featured poet didn’t only make the Top 25 list for the April PAD Challenge, he was also named Poet Laureate for 2013. Please welcome William Preston! William Preston is a medical writer and editor for the Department of Radiation Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California. He...

Beth Copeland: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Beth Copeland to the Poetic Asides blog. I first came across her work last year when I judged a North Carolina book contest. Her book, Transcendental Telemarketer (BlazeVOX), was among the finalists. Beth Copeland lived in Japan, India, and North Carolina as a child. Her book...

Raina Masters: Poet Interview

It’s time for another featured poet/poem from the 2013 April PAD Challenge. Every Friday, we’ll roll out another poet and poem from the Top 25. This week, I’m happy to introduce Raina Masters for her poem “Fire takes care of bad memories, too.” Raina Masters writes poems, occasionally shares them and...

Thomas Lux: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Thomas Lux to the Poetic Asides blog. Years ago, we talked after Tammy and I read some poems on the local stage of the Decatur Book Festival. He asked for my blog URL, saying he might find it useful. He was very nice and polite and...

Larry Lawrence: Poet Interview

So as promised in the 2013 April PAD Challenge results post, I’m going to start featuring a poem and poet from the Top 25 every Friday between now and the next challenge. The first one to respond was Larry Lawrence, aka @TheAmericanPoet on Twitter. Larry was born and raised in South...