Poet Matthew Zapruder has been appointed the new poetry column editor for The New York Times Magazine. Born in Washington, D.C., he lives in Oakland, where he is the director ... [ read more ]
C. D. Wright, American award-winning poet and writing professor at Brown University, unexpectedly passed away in her home on January 12, 2016. Her most recent book, Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, ... [ read more ]
Campbell McGrath, Smartish Pace reading
Campbell McGrath in the Smartish Pace Reading Series at The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, on March 10, 2012. Intro by SP Associate Editor Clare Banks.
Originally from Michigan, Patrick Ryan Frank has his master’s degree in poetry from Boston University and studied theater and creative writing as an undergraduate at Northwestern. Since then, he has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Massachusetts Arts Council, and now holds a James A. Michener Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. In August of 2010, How the Losers Love What’s Lost won the Four Way Books Intro prize judged by Alan Shapiro. He was interviewed over email by Julia Leverone of Smartish Pace in October, 2010.JL: Could you give an idea as to your background, and especially what your influences are?PRF: I grew up in rural Michigan, on what had once been a farm but is now just a wide swath of weeds and derelict barns. I hated it at the time, and I’ve lived in big cities ever since (with the exception of a couple of stints at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown). While I always wanted to be an urban—and urbane—poet, I can’t quite pull myself completely from the fields.My influences are pretty varied, sometimes embarrassingly so. I bought a shiny ... [ read more ]
Many readers may see Christian Wiman’s new poems only through the lens of death and dying once they know of Wiman’s medical condition: he has a serious blood disease (and he was raised in West Texas, another mortal wound). Certainly, part of my own reaction (mostly delight) to Wiman’s West Texas poems is affected by having lived nearby the poet’s early stomping grounds. The mesquite, the cotton, the pumpjacks, the open fields and open sky, the dust devils—these are all ... [ read more ]