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Identity and Authorship: An Interview with Songwriter Charles Frail

Charles Frail

“I think wooing a language is in some ways easier when it is not the language you grew up with. You can decide to learn it only through reading poetry or listening to songs. You can leave out the ugly parts.”

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Interview: Rick Benjamin, State Poet of Rhode Island

Rick Benjamin

“I gravitate toward duplicity in language, simply stated multiple meanings in lines. I have a hard time with differentiating self from other.”

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Author Q&A: Joseph Bates (Tomorrowland)

Joseph Bates

“It took me a long time to learn restraint, especially in terms of humor. Early on in my writing, I never met a joke I didn’t like.”

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Interview: Poet Michael Dickman (Flies)

Michael Dickman Flies

“What poems make you want to yell from a rooftop? Fall in love and scream your head off? That’s all I really care about.”

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Interview: Ruth Ozeki, Author of A Tale for the Time Being

author Ruth Ozeki

“The earthquake and tsunami forced me to put myself on the line, as it were, and to step into the fictional world and participate.”

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The Girlfriend Game: 5 Questions with Nick Antosca

Nick Antosca

“Spin the wheel and get a girlfriend. Will she be Vera Nabokov, or will she be Zelda Fitzgerald? Just be nice to her.”

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Interview: Emily Rapp, Author of The Still Point of the Turning World

Author Emily Rapp with child Ronan

“I think experiences of joyfulness are more magnified, more fully experienced, when you have known true suffering, because you understand that all of these great epic feelings are blips, really.”

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Interview: Elliott Holt, Author of You Are One of Them

Author Elliott Holt

“I have to write the stories I want to write, in the way that I want to write them. The motivation has to come from me, not from other people.”

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Author Q&A: Kyle Minor (In the Devil’s Territory)

Kyle Minor author photo

“I think I’d rather spend time with people who read broadly and deeply. They tend to be smarter, more interesting, more likely to have a little societal compassion (but not always).”

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Interview: Heather Donahue, Author of Growgirl

Heather Donahue with her dog Vito

“Free, right? That’s the best of our national brand. America: Home of the Babysat. Just doesn’t have the same ring.”

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Emerging Poet Interview: Sarah Crossland

Sarah Crossland

“When I make my poem-things, they’re always fractures because they can’t be the whole world. They can be miniatures, they can be mandalas centered in the self—or an imagined self…”

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Emerging Poet Interview: Caitlin Doyle

caitlin doyle

“I love the way that structure and content can pull against each other with a tension that ends up taking both in unexpected directions.”

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Author Q&A: Vanessa Veselka (Zazen)

Author Vanessa Veselka

“We’re narrative-making machines…so the stories we tell ourselves about what is happening shape our actions. Nothing is as dangerous as a story.”

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5 Questions: Allworth Press Founder Tad Crawford on A Floating Life

Author Tad Crawford

The unnamed narrator is adrift in his life. His marriage has fallen apart, he fails to get a new job, and not even the magic of modern medicine can cure his erectile dysfunction.

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Live Questions from Dead Poets: Elizabeth Crane vs. Shakespeare

Elizabeth Crane author photo

“I think I can kick a summer’s day’s ass any day. Of any season.”

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