Getting To Know

Getting To Know Lindsay Illich & Her New Book, Fingerspell

Getting To Know Lindsay Illich & Her New Book, Fingerspell

When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? Ok, so I need to tell you that a month ago, our house was destroyed in a fire. In my head, I say it like I would as a kid--our house burned down. I needed to start with saying...

read more
Getting To Know Allison Adair & Her New Book, The Clearing

Getting To Know Allison Adair & Her New Book, The Clearing

When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? Poetry seemed a little exclusive to me when I was younger, a little chi-chi. But that was only because I wasn’t exposed to very much of it. In college I was interested in trying...

read more
Getting To Know Steven Cramer & His New Book, Listen

Getting To Know Steven Cramer & His New Book, Listen

When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? There was no poetry in my parents’ house, and mostly genre prose. Ian Fleming, not Henry Fielding. From first to twelfth grade, I read what teachers assigned, too often less than...

read more
Getting To Know Eman Hassan & Her New Book, Raghead

Getting To Know Eman Hassan & Her New Book, Raghead

When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? It was the summer I turned eleven. I discovered T.S. Eliot’s collected poems on my mother’s bookshelf, along with Emily Dickinson’s work. I was blown away by how you could use...

read more
Getting To Know Kevin Carey & His New Book, Set In Stone

Getting To Know Kevin Carey & His New Book, Set In Stone

When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? I was a latecomer to poetry really, outside of the limited exposure in grade school and high school. I remember one Old English Poetry class in college in 1979. But really it...

read more
Getting To Know Cassandra De Alba & Her New Book, Ugly/sad

Getting To Know Cassandra De Alba & Her New Book, Ugly/sad

As your artist bio states, your last two collections centered around very distinct themes (deer and the moon) -- does Ugly / Sad have a central image at its core as well? Ugly/Sad is centered more around a feeling, or a group of feelings, than an image – it’s this...

read more