Interviews

Getting to Know Leticia Priebe Rocha

Getting to Know Leticia Priebe Rocha

When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? It is no exaggeration when I say that poetry has been a lifeline for me. I started writing poetry when I was in high school. As a teenager, I struggled with severe untreated...

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Getting to Know Elizabeth Sylvia

Getting to Know Elizabeth Sylvia

When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? Like any good Doc Martens wearing teenage proto-goth of the early ‘90s, I loved Sylvia Plath, along with Yeats. It’s hard to believe now, but that was as close to contemporary...

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Getting to Know Paola Authievre

Getting to Know Paola Authievre

Authievre answered our questions in English and Spanish. Enjoy her responses. Authievre contestó nuestras preguntas en inglés y español. ¡Disfruta sus respuestas! When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? Before I knew I...

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Getting to Know Frances Donovan

Getting to Know Frances Donovan

When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems?I was drawn to repetition in sounds and language from an early age – my earliest memories are of the Madeline books (“She even said ‘poo-poo’ to the lion in the zoo”) and the...

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Getting to Know Matthew E. Henry

Getting to Know Matthew E. Henry

When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? Like most kids, I was exposed to and asked to write poetry in elementary school. In middle school and high school we were forced to analyze the genre. For most of that time, I...

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Getting to Know Mary Buchinger, Author of Virology

Getting to Know Mary Buchinger, Author of Virology

When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? My mother learned many poems by heart and still, at age 92, can recite poetry she learned when she was a child. I am only now realizing how much poetry was a part of my childhood...

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Getting to Know Michael Ansara, Author of What Remains

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...

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Getting to Know Dianne C. Braley, Author of Unheard Whispers

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

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Getting to Know Jon D. Lee, Author of IN/DESIDERATO

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

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Getting to Know Martin Edmunds, Author of Flame in a Stable

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

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Getting to Know Kristian Macaron, Author of Recipe for Time Travel in Case We Lose Each Other

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

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