Q&A with Poetry Contributor Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson

“I don’t think of myself as a poet’s poet. I want to write poetry that speaks to a broad audience—people who like poetry and people who think they don’t.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Mimi Plevin-Foust

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Mimi Plevin-Foust

“I write poems for many reasons, often to figure out the messy, lovely wackiness of life, to protest injustice, and also to tell individual stories of courage and grace.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Hannah Michelle

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Hannah Michelle

“This recent moment and the moments portrayed in "Sister" remind me that my relationships need not follow the classic scripts of growing up.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Mat Wenzel

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Mat Wenzel

“It’s been helpful to think of each line or stanza as a switchback on a mountain or valley trail—a back-and-forth with some kind of elevation change.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor John Langenfeld

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor John Langenfeld

“In one sense, it’s refreshing to shape the experience into a narrative that brings out the humanity of those involved, but reaching back into that regrettable decade-and-a-half has been a struggle at times as well.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kimberly Grabowski Strayer

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kimberly Grabowski Strayer

“The body is an intermediary between our experience of the world and the world itself. Language is an intermediary, as well.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Chip Livingston

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Chip Livingston

“I really wasn’t sure if the essay would work as well on the page, but it’s fun for me to read aloud, and I edited the sentences and lines with that oral delivery in mind.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Anna Bernstein

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Anna Bernstein

“This particular poem was influenced more in form than in content—before writing it I felt like I had lost the rhythm in my poems that made them feel urgent or fresh, and when I read a poem that embodied the kind of syntactic pacing I had been struggling with, I decided to try copying that pacing (though of course none of the words).”

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."