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 ]
Brenda Hillman Reading
Brenda Hillman reading on Oct. 3, 2002; introduced by Robert Hass. Hillman has new poems in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (April, 2009) and Robert Hass participated in Poets Q&A located on this website.
Magdelyn Hammond: When did you start writing poetry? Have you always considered yourself a poet, or are there parts of yourself that were always a poet even before you started to write seriously? Shara McCallum: I started writing poetry seriously about the same time I came to Maryland. I was almost 22 then. I had always written poetry, as far back as I can remember, but I think of that period as marking my beginnings as a writer because it was when I began to consider the craft of a poem consciously and deliberately. I don't know when I began to think of myself as a poet -- that's not a word I use very often in relation to myself. I say I write poetry but rarely say I am a poet. I'm not afraid of the word per se but the phrase "I am a poet" seems somewhat static and stilted. Writing poetry is something I see as active whereas being a poet makes me think of someone sitting around waiting for inspiration or someone posing in some fashion as a "poet." As to the other ways I was becoming a "poet" before really being serious about ... [ read more ]
The Pear as One Example: New and Selected Poems spans thirty-four years of acclaimed writer Eric Pankey's literary career. Including excerpts from seven previous collections, as well as the more recent sequence "Deep River," this volume allows readers to observe the nuances of style and thematic continuities within this author's complex body of work. While already known for his precise and philosophical observations, Pankey's consistent use of the poetic image as a point of entry ... [ read more ]