Charles Wright will be the next Poet Laureate, kicking off his tenure with a Sept. 25 reading of his work.
Wright has 24 poetry collections and two books of ... [ read more ]
From Smartish Pace, Issue 20
Carson Cistulli: “Young People Will Have White Hair”
Leah Falk: “Westview Cemetery”
Andrea Henchey: “The Moon Is So Smart”
Timothy Liu: “The Garden of ... [ read more ]
Michael Chitwood, Smartish Pace Reading - VABook! 2009
Michael Chitwood reading for Smartish Pace at the Virginia Festival of the Book, March 19, 2009. Introduction by Smartish Pace Editor Stephen Reichert.
DMB: You have worked for a number of different publications, as a science writer and also as a commentator. Which of these was most fulfilling? MC: I enjoyed my time at the various publications. Working for the University of Virginia Medical Center and Duke Medical Center introduced me to people and situations I would not otherwise have ever encountered. I’ve witnessed surgery to put skin grafts on burn victims and flew in a life-flight helicopter. I once stayed up 36 hours with a medical intern for a story. The radio commentaries gave me a wide audience. After one of my commentaries aired, my doorbell rang and a neighbor on my doorstep said, “You just made me cry.” DMB: In 1986, you moved from Virginia to North Carolina. What were the factors that caused you to move? MC: The reason for the move was simple. I had just finished my MFA at UVa, and my wife wanted to get her MBA. She had chosen the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We came to Chapel Hill and fell in love with the place. DMB: Did your 'poetic voice' change along with the move to NC? [ read more ]
Anthony Hecht's seventh collection, The Darkness and the Light, is a mesmerization by poetic prism. The light flashes, then goes dark, and we are under his spell. From love under a Florentine sunset to staring down the barrel of a NAZI rifle, there seems to be no subject on which Hecht cannot speak with passion and compassion.There is much about seeing in here. As with the title, the eyes in this collection both ... [ read more ]