Interviews

Jess Bowers

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There’s a lot of violence in humankind’s shared history with animals, a lot of discomfort. I hope that, just as an honest war movie is inevitably anti-war, the tragic horses I write about move people to reconsider their own relationship to past violence.

Logan Berry

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Is it possible to freeze the ephemeral? To textualize liveness? I don’t think so, but CASKET FLARE attempts to.

Juliet Escoria

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Everybody has this backpack of stories we tell our friends or people at parties, and I think that’s a big part of how we make our identities. That’s what I’m interested in writing.

Kate Brody

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It would feel a little cheap for me to just write this nice character that bad things happen to, like the version of this story where Teddy is a really likable person, and her sister disappears, her father kills himself, and she’s just with a heart of gold?

David Sterling Brown

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I became captivated by the way Shakespeare’s white-centric plays contain anti-Blackness, and sometimes so subtly that readers, theatergoers, stage practitioners, students, and educators gloss over such moments that construct whiteness within a dichotomy that excludes real Black people yet imagines us in some way.

Samsun Knight

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It can be hard, especially for artists where “skill” and “progress” is extremely intangible, to feel like unpublished work is accumulating to something else and not just wasted, and while that’s obviously never true, it was lovely to see such a clear refutation.

Róbert Gál

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A good joke should be understood straight off, just like a good aphorism.

Amy Berkowitz

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The book is true: I had a terrible experience in grad school, it made me feel like I had nothing to say, that poetry wasn’t a place where I could say anything.

Toby Altman

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What does it mean to translate architectural or structural principles into poetic form? And how might asking these two art forms to engage with each other transform them?

Steve Amick

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A candlelit tub is like a time machine—darkness can be a form of time travel, I find. All those modern trappings get shed away.