Q&A with Poetry Contributor Devi Laskar

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Devi Laskar

"I wanted to write a collage poem about how people have a habit of ranking things—the items on their bucket lists, their favorite foods, their favorite sports teams."

Interview Excerpt: Lori Ostlund

Interview Excerpt: Lori Ostlund

Once, as we passed Sauk Centre on a rare family outing, my father said to me, "You know that Sinclair Lewis got run out of town for his books. Maybe someday you'll write a book that gets you run out of town."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jen Lambert

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jen Lambert

"I deeply love my character in this collection, and terrible things happen to her, but I have the power to help her get out of her situation. I can write her way, and my way, out of despair."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kaitlin LaMoine Martin

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kaitlin LaMoine Martin

"I’m constantly thinking through how we construct the self/other dichotomy. I do believe, as humans taking up space on this planet, that yes, we have a responsibility to the planet and to one another."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Callie Plaxco

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Callie Plaxco

"Surely the bird’s wings are allowed to be like teaspoons, but they can never ever be teaspoons, no matter how hard I wish it."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Mark Walters

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Mark Walters

"Don’t try to be profound or teach a lesson, and don’t write for anyone’s approval or admiration; simply write what is specific and true to your observation, to the unique, often secret convolutions of your own heart and mind." 

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Dianna Rae Samuelson

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Dianna Rae Samuelson

"A theme that runs through most of my writing is the search for identity and strength."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Allison Seay

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Allison Seay

"For a fleeting moment, or even less than that—the world is suspended. And then it’s irretrievable."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kelsi Villarreal

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kelsi Villarreal

"The earrings, for example: I'll never know if she really stole them but at some point I chose to believe she did. Is that unfair? I disapproved but was also really moved by the gift, and I don't think I ever told her."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Annie Lighthart

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Annie Lighthart

"I’m not sure if I slid into poetry, or if poetry ambushed me." 

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Naomi Shihab Nye

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Naomi Shihab Nye

"As Rita Dove once said, so succinctly, poetry is the most “immediate and intimate” genre. Our brains/souls/hearts/memories/days are desperate for it."