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Feature: “Northeastern Graduate Student Finds Magic and Purpose in Mass Poetry Co-op”
We are delighted to present an interview that News @ Northeastern did with our Fall 2022 Event & Communications Co-op Coordinator, Victor Hugo Mendevil!
Getting to Know Margot Wizansky, Author of “Wild for Life”
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? My mother read poems to me, When We Were Very Young, “James James/ Morrison Morrison/ Weatherby George Dupree/ Took great/ Care of his mother/ Though he was only three” and...
Getting to Know Wendy Drexler, Author of Notes from the Column of Memory
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? I’ve always loved words, and while I worked professionally as an editor for many years, I didn’t discover until decades later that I might have something of my own to say and a...
Getting to Know Erica Charis-Molling, Author of How We Burn
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? I first discovered poetry in middle school. I was drawn to the delightful strangeness of e.e.cummings’ language, the quirky sage voice of Emily Dickenson, and the vivid, dramatic...
Getting to Know Mikko Harvey, Author of Let the World Have You
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? When I was about 18, I developed a weird hunch that I wanted to write poetry, but I didn’t really know how to get started. One problem was that I hadn’t found any poets whose...
Getting to Know Michael Ansara, Author of What Remains
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? I fell in love with poetry in high school but as a reader, not a writer. Over the years I would read poetry, primarily what I think of as the “classics” for well-educated...
Getting to Know Jason Adam Sheets, Author of A Madness of Blue Obsidian
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, when I was 18. It spoke deeply to something within me that lit this proverbial lamp of remembrance, something about the metaphysics of poetry...
Getting to Know Kevin Gallagher, Author of The Wild Goose
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? My earliest encounters with poetry were through the Bible. As a young person raised Catholic the poems and songs of that ritualistic life were my first major exposure to...
Getting to Know Dianne C. Braley, Author of Unheard Whispers
“What excites me most about Unheard Whispers, my collection of poems on growing up in an alcoholic home, is that part of the proceeds is going to the Robert F. Kennedy Community Alliance here in Massachusetts and their division that helps children and families affected by addiction. In the disease of addiction, so much funding and support go to the addicts themselves. While this is needed, the children of addicts often are forgotten.” — Dianne C. Braley
Getting to Know Jon D. Lee, Author of IN/DESIDERATO
“IN/DESIDERATO is a book-length poem that, at its heart, is a meditation on the nature of the world we’re leaving behind, both in terms of our collective successes and our failures. The title is a Latinate mangling of my own that loosely translates to ‘un/desirable,’ meaning both the light and dark opposites of that phrasing, and the book is dedicated to and largely addressed to my children.” — Jon D. Lee
A Cento by Erica Charis-Molling
“Dear child of the near future, / Here’s my permission. Take it. It’s alright to replace sirens / with the light shot through them. / All the old gray gods have fallen / in a field of decapitated corn stalks. / I’m trying to tell you that the world is beautiful.” — Erica Charis-Molling
Getting to Know Martin Edmunds, Author of Flame in a Stable
“I fell in love with words; they ran away with me. Discipline followed, born of delight—in ‘getting the words right”: a slow apprenticeship. It takes time to learn how to name your gait, ask for a lead on a canter, command a lope, a trot, a fourteener, scuttle the chatter to trip a tetrameter, settle back into ballad measure.” — Martin Edmunds
Myles Taylor’s “Poem with only a little bit of sacrilege” and Marie Ungar’s “Hypochondria”
poem with only a little bit of sacrilegeMyles Taylor I wanna be like the heroes in the moviesbut every time I drop something I instinctivelyjump out of the way / I don’t know how to re-wireself-preservation but without it I might not survivelong enough to be in the...
Amy M. Clark’s “Now Approaching Porter Square” and Amanda Hope’s “Prayer After”
Now Approaching Porter SquareAmy M. Clark On the Kendall Station platform,I leave a dollar for the young womanplaying an accordion while stomping one footharnessed to a pulley that sets to dancingher dressed-to-match marionette doublestrung inside a...
J.D Debris’ “[New thorns, 2020]” and Ezana Demissie’s “the US is on the brink of war and i’ve just taken a chem test”
[new thorns, 2020]JD Debris from CHALINO SÁNCHEZ: A SEQUENCE Pull the thorns from this borderline‘til barbed wire runs smooth against a palm,‘til coils of concertinafold back inside the accordion with a sigh. Write the crimestory of this borderline & paper-planeit...
Matt Miller’s “Thirteen” and Sunayana Kachroo’s “Oh, my brown boy”
“When I was your age the girl I loved dumped me the night a ball went through Buckner’s legs and the Sox would lose the Series and she kissed Dave. Is a broken heart still a hurt all over the skin?” — Matt Miller
Getting to Know Kate Hanson Foster, Author of Crow Funeral
“Writing poetry for me is a kind of meditation. I try to access this strange place in my brain, and I don’t always have the key. I think my better poems are when that door opens and I start piecing phrases and thoughts together.” — Kate Hanson Foster
Annual Report 2021
Anna V.Q. Ross’s “After All” & D. Dina Friedman’s “Amen”
Anna V.Q. Ross' "After All" & D. Dina Friedman's "Amen" After AllAnna V.Q. RossEven when the garlic crop is good,something else is always dying—the peas withering in the afternoon we hopedfor rain instead of watering, the tomatoesover-shaded. It should teach us...
Getting to Know Kristian Macaron, Author of Recipe for Time Travel in Case We Lose Each Other
“I wasn’t just writing about the earth, but the earth as a body, deep time and time travel, but more so about myself and my heart—learning to see myself through stages of recognition, voice, transformation and renewal. In retrospect, much of this was a study of spending time in the unfamiliar to allow what feels like disaster or quest to turn into a renewed understanding of strength, certainty and self-love.” — Kristian Macaron