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Talking with Valorie K. Ruiz

Talking with Valorie K. Ruiz

“I was stuck on the image of a sunflower, stuck on the Spanish word for it, and questioning what it meant for me to constantly be looking at the good or the light in my life.”

Talking with Chloe Amos

Talking with Chloe Amos

“I wanted to take a stab at starting some dialogue over a very nuanced issue even before I have any real solutions figured out.”

Talking with Monika Zobel

Talking with Monika Zobel

“To me, a line break is equally as important as the image/the sentiment that is broken apart.”

Talking with Lauren Myers-Hinkle

Talking with Lauren Myers-Hinkle

“I am also influenced by the idea that worlds on screen, and in commercials in particular, seep into our consciousness and the very fabric of our thought processes.”

Talking with Jacob Aiello

Talking with Jacob Aiello

“It was only after I was able to look at this story as if it was about a fictional character that I think I made the connections and patterns that brought it to life.”

Talking with Lizzy Petersen

Talking with Lizzy Petersen

“For this poem, I was thinking about the apps, but I was also thinking about the game you play when you are dating, the one where you pretend to be disinterestedly interested.”

Talking with Shauna Laurel Jones

Talking with Shauna Laurel Jones

“I’m interested in cultural and aesthetic dimensions of human relationships with other animals, so naturally this “puffin problem” was a topic that spoke to me.”

Talking with Greg Allendorf

Talking with Greg Allendorf

“The poem is true to a moment—I remember when and where I wrote it: I saw two men in the library on campus and instantly felt them to be in love.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor E.E. Hussey

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor E.E. Hussey

“Science writing taught me the value of concise and succinct writing. It comes in handy when I’m drafting fiction.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Suzannah Russ Spaar

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Suzannah Russ Spaar

“The fact is, we survive these changes, and hopefully weather them together until we change them in a way we can live with, not just survive.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Rachel Kaufman

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Rachel Kaufman

“The poem wrestles with the temporally difficult quality of expectation; each moment comes too late or too soon.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Brandi Bradley

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Brandi Bradley

“Country music has incredible narratives about high-drama situations: adventure, crumbling marriages, tragic accidents, murder, and—my favorite high-drama narrative—the cost of ambition.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Bill Neumire

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Bill Neumire

“It’s like the way we know we’re mortal, but we need to suppress that knowledge most times in order to make a life.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Sara Mang

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Sara Mang

“I include details that are lived in and lovingly collected because they usher movement throughout a life.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Matt McBride

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Matt McBride

“Perhaps composing this poem was my subconscious' way of reminding me that I've got to make room for accident or I'll lose the joy in writing.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Holly Wren Spaulding

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Holly Wren Spaulding

“For the last few years, I've been experimenting with setting type in a letterpress, which forces you to reckon with every word and piece of punctuation in a way that I've found revelatory.”

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.”