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.”

Carve Review: Permanent Exhibit by Matthew Vollmer

Carve Review: Permanent Exhibit by Matthew Vollmer

For those looking for a personal account of the world we live in today, and one especially through the eyes of the creative writing teacher you had that one time but didn’t get to know well enough, Vollmer’s book offers an eclectic mix of confessional writing, philosophical musings, and interesting reflections on a family, life, and career in progress.

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."