Q&A with Poetry Contributor Renée Christine Ehle

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Renée Christine Ehle

"What’s really at stake in helping kids write better? It’s not about passing exams or getting a diploma or even about gaining the skills for college or career. It’s about using words to claim and proclaim your own life."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Georgia Dennison

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Georgia Dennison

"It’s the season of the open window and I have no intention of installing screens."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Jonathan Starke

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Jonathan Starke

"I was captivated by the charisma of the wrestlers, the gaudy costumes, the grandiosity of the ring, the stage, the event, which was such an escape from small-town Iowa, where I was raised."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Heather Cahoon

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Heather Cahoon

"I also felt a subtler awareness of the power dynamics at play in all of it, too; one of us was going to come out of the situation as the casualty."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Melissa Mesku

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Melissa Mesku

"The only way I could approach it with any validity was from the perspective I have now: distant, detached, but still able to marvel."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Avery Erwin

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Avery Erwin

“Reading slows time down. It puts my brain back together.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor José del Valle

Q&A with Poetry Contributor José del Valle

“I think poetry should take us places. And not always places within ourselves.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Emily Rose Cole

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Emily Rose Cole

"Initially I wanted the poem to work within that structure: strange dyads that grow a little stranger."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jared Harél

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jared Harél

"Though there are aspects to drumming, like rhythm and beat, that certainly inform my poems, what I enjoy and appreciate most about being a drummer is how different it is from writing."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Emily Linstrom

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Emily Linstrom

"I remember imagining them stepping out of that allegory of fertility (and its many implications) and finally enjoying themselves as individuals."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Arman Haveric

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Arman Haveric

"Some days I felt like a writing genius; other days I felt like an utter dumbass."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Hannah Craig

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Hannah Craig

"I guess I like poems that seem to speak to/with someone, to be in a dialogue of sorts, even if we only see one side of that conversation physically drawn out on the page."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor George Perreault

Q&A with Poetry Contributor George Perreault

"I think if you edit by ear you will find the rhythm of a poem, and that rhythm will take you to the structure."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Paulette Fire

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Paulette Fire

"Don’t try to write a good story. Just write what’s true. A true story is a good story."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Jessi Lewis

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Jessi Lewis

"If I slowed myself down, I could process what it meant to confuse memories with hauntings and hauntings with the creaks of an older home.

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Eric Wilson

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Eric Wilson

"In contrast, the fiction-writing students were treating literature as something alive and breathing, something they themselves were creating.

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Brenna Womer

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Brenna Womer

"Perhaps the call to action, as you say, to myself and readers of the poem, is to risk having connections, investments, and loves big enough to wreck you."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jennifer Martelli

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jennifer Martelli

"When I’m at a loss for words (for poetry), I mix a cocktail of Sylvia Plath and Laura Jensen (a poet who should be lauded far more)."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor David Salner

Q&A with Poetry Contributor David Salner

"As a child I lived in the country, and those cold fall days after the harvest stick in my memory."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor John Sibley Williams

Q&A with Poetry Contributor John Sibley Williams

"I’m not sure if I have favorite tools. Each poem makes its own demands."