Poet Interviews

Tom Lombardo: Poet Interview

Anyone who’s been reading my 8-part series on getting a poetry collection published will probably recognize Tom Lombardo’s name, since I mention him by name a few times. He’s my editor at Press 53. But some readers may remember that I’ve interviewed him on this blog in the past–years ago–for his...

Kristina Marie Darling & Carol Guess: Poets Interview

This interview is a little different, because I have two interview subjects: Kristina Marie Darling and Carol Guess, who collaborated on the collection X Marks the Dress: A Registry. How exciting! Kristina Marie Darling has been interviewed on this blog before. She’s the author of 13 books, including Melancholia and Petrarchan....

Shaindel Beers: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Shaindel Beers back to the Poetic Asides blog. If you follow me on social media sites, you may already know Shaindel’s most recent book, The Children’s War and Other Poems, has become one of my favorites. Shaindel Beers’ poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in...

Aaron Belz: Poet for Hire on Craigslist

Aaron Belz is no stranger to the Poetic Asides blog. He’s been interviewed here after his Lovely, Raspberry collection was released, and he participated in my Google+ Hangout experiment in April. But I just had to bring him back after his latest stunt on Craigslist. He recently opened an ad on...

Victoria Chang: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Victoria Chang to Poetic Asides! It’s rare we get a poet with degrees from Harvard University and Stanford Business School, but Victoria has degrees from there, in addition to the University of Michigan and an MFA in Poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers....

Melissa Carl: Poet Interview

Please welcome Melissa Carl to Poetic Asides! Melissa is a teacher and poet who lives in York, Pennsylvania and Oak Island, North Carolina. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, magazines, and e-zines, including Blood Lotus, The Broken Plate Review, The Copperfield Review, Mouse Tales Press, Third Wednesday,...

Deborah Hauser: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Deborah Hauser to the Poetic Asides blog. Deborah Hauser is the author of Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders (Finishing Line Press, 2011). She graduated from Stony Brook University with a Masters in English Literature and has taught at Stony Brook...

Karen Rigby: Poet Interview

Please welcome Karen Rigby to the Poetic Asides blog! Rigby is the author of Chinoiserie (Ahsahta Press, 2012), winner of the 2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, and of the chapbooks Savage Machinery and Festival Bone. She has received a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a residency at the...

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S. Thomas Summers: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming S. Thomas Summers to the Poetic Asides blog. Summers is a teacher of Writing and Literature at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, NJ and an adjunct writing professor at Passaic County Community College in Wanaque, NJ. His first book, Private Hercules McGraw: Poems of the American Civil...

Four Poets Read Poems and Talk Poetry

On Wednesday night, I had a wonderful opportunity to sit down with four poets who read poems and talked poetry. The poets were Aaron Belz, Mary Biddinger, Jeannine Hall Gailey, and Nate Pritts. If I seem a little distracted at the beginning, it’s only because I had the YouTube stream open...

Traci Brimhall: Poet Interview

I’m always excited to find a fresh voice, and that’s the case with Traci Brimhall. I’ve had her collection Our Lady of the Ruins (Norton) next to my desk for months, but it was running across her on Facebook that prompted me to ask her for an interview and re-visit the...

Carmen Calatayud: Poet Interview

(Quick disclosure: My first full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, will be published by Press 53 on September of this year. However, I don’t want anyone to feel my interview with Carmen was caused by this relationship. We’d set the wheels in motion before my acceptance, and I’ve interviewed Press...

Barton Smock: Poet Interview

I first met Bart years ago on MySpace–a fellow poet, a fellow buckeye–and immediately fell in love with his unique style of poeming. In fact, I chose him as my referral poet when I was published in La Fovea. Barton Smock lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and four children....

Erica Wright: Poet Interview

Please welcome Erica Wright to the Poetic Asides blog. In addition to being a new resident of Atlanta, Erica is the author of Instructions for Killing the Jackal (Black Lawrence Press) and the chapbook Silt (Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Drunken...

Heather Bell: Poet Interview

It’s been a while since I’ve interviewed some poets. Too long, in fact. So I’m going to start sharing some new voices, and I think I’ve found the perfect person to get us back on track: Heather Bell. Heather is sort of a nomad poet in the sense that she’s been...

Interview With Poet Kristina Marie Darling

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Night Songs (Gold Wake Press); Compendium (Cow Heavy Books); and The Body is a Little Gilded Cage: A Story in Letters & Fragments (Gold Wake Press). She has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center...

Interview With Poet Scott Owens

I’ve been aware of Scott Owens and his poetry for years, and he’s even participated in a previous April PAD Challenge, but I didn’t get to meet him in person until earlier this year at the Blue Ridge Writers Conference. While at that event, I got to see Scott perform well...

Interview With Poet Terri Kirby Erickson

When the site was redesigned recently, there were some posts that were lost. This post was part of that group, but it was fairly recent, so we’re able to reconstruct it somewhat here. The timing is actually fortuitous, because Press 53 has just released a limited hardcover edition of Erickson’s collection...

Interview With Poet Edward Nudelman

Edward Nudelman’s first book of poetry, Night Fires, was a semifinalist for the Journal Award (The Wheeler Prize) given by OSU Press in 2009. Night Fires was published by Pudding House Publications the same year. Also in 2009, he received a Pushcart nomination. In addition to his work as a poet,...

Interview With Poet Annie Finch

Annie Finch is the author of four books of poetry, including Eve, Calendars, The Encyclopedia of Scotland, and Among the Goddesses: An Epic and Libretto. Her book of poetry Calendars was short-listed for the Foreword Book of the Year Award and in 2009 she was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award. She...

Interview With Poet Walt Wojtanik

As many of you may know, I love to interview past winners of the challenges here on Poetic Asides. Walt Wojtanik is no exception. The 2010 Poetic Asides Poet Laureate, Walt is a fine (and prolific) poet who is very encouraging to other poets on this blog and in other venues....

Interview With Poet Aaron Belz

I’m so happy to share Aaron Belz with the Poetic Asides community today! Credit: Thomas Crone In 2010, Aaron’s second collection of poetry–Lovely, Raspberry–was released by Persea Books. Before that, there was the The Bird Hoverer, which Boston Review called “masterfully strange.” Aaron is an English professor at Providence Christian College...

Blogging Poets: Collin Kelley

I first discovered Collin Kelley through my wife, who loves his blog: Modern Confessional. Over time, I’ve been lucky enough to meet him a few times in person, but I still love reading his blog which has a lot of personality. But Collin is more than just a blogger, he’s a...

Poet Interviews TOC (Updated November 2010)

I’ve been lucky enough to interview several talented poets on the blog. And to make it easier for you to read them all, I’ve updated my poet interview TOC. There are many more interviews on the way. Bill Abbott Nin Andrews Julianna Baggott Sandra Beasley Shaindel Beers April Bernard Tammy Foster...