Interviews

Harald Voetmann

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What happens to the man that demands respect from the goddess Nature? An erupting volcano is the only appropriate response.

Caryl Pagel

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In one week of wandering here, I’d see Rockefeller’s grave, tacos topped with salad dressing, and an abandoned celestial observatory. I’d see a billboard warning of fentanyl donuts or S’Wonderful, the tchotchke store. Poetry can hold all that.

Ander Monson

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I think the invitation is very much there to root for the Predator as a kind of consequence for and corrective to the historically horrific behavior of humans.

Scott Samuelson

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If all we do is oppose suffering, we’ve missed out on something important. . . . We lose something of our humanity.

Emily Hall

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I’m not too interested in forms that don’t hold onto some sense of wildness, even if just under pressure.

Arinze Ifeakandu

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What does it mean for young people who are still finding themselves to move through the world holding a secret?

Sofia Samatar

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My approach was very improvisational, very “yes and” . . . It was a practice of inclusion, of inviting in all the strays.

Jenny Shank

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When something is false in a draft, it’s often because I haven’t yet seen a character with a fullness of heart.

Jenny Xie

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Grief is a measuring of distances, ones that cannot be narrowed or crossed.

Jeff Alessandrelli and Alexis Orgera

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We’ve each written books that feel more personal and intimate to share (particularly at readings) than we expected. . . We both feel naked in front of the classroom, so to speak.