About VIDA Voices & Views

November 12, 2015 | by VIDA | 2 | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

About the Show


          Rita Dove                                    Don Share, Part I                                   Cheryl Strayed

          Patricia Smith                            Gregory Pardlo


VIDA Voices & Views is a video interview program designed to call attention to a plurality of voices by interviewing writers, editors, publishers, series curators, anthologists, awards committee members, and other dedicated members of the literary community about their own work, vision, and concerns, as well as topics at the forefront of literary activism. The program seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the literary landscape and the issues facing artists of all genders, as well as to foster nuanced conversation about gender parity, race, disability, LGBTQ, economic, and other crucial issues impacting writers today.


Host and Executive Producer, Melissa Studdard: Melissa’s books include the novel, Six Weeks to Yehidah, the poetry collection, I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, and the interview collection, The Tiferet Talk Interviews. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award and the International Book Award, among others. Her poetry, fiction, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Poets & Writers, Tupelo Quarterly, Psychology Today, Pleiades, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day. Of her debut poetry collection, I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, Robert Pinsky writes, “This poet’s ardent, winning ebullience echoes that of God…” and Cate Marvin says her work “would have no doubt pleased Neruda’s taste for the alchemic impurity of poetry.” In addition to hosting the program, Melissa Studdard is an editor for American Microreviews and Interviews, a vice president for The Women’s Caucus, and a professor for Lone Star College-Tomball. Learn more at www.melissastuddard.com.

Producer, Lauren Rachel Berman: Lauren is Director at Divergent Delusion Productions and a PhD candidate in poetry.

Digital Producer and Editor (Episodes 1-3), RJ Jeffreys: Jeffreys is a poet, writer, novelist, writing coach and mentor, celebrity ghost writer, playwright, and contributing editor and Senior Producer of Radio Interviews Media for Tiferet Journal. He is the host of The Write Step with RJ Jeffreys radio interview show. Jeffreys’ poetry, prose and dramatic works have appeared in numerous publications, media outlets and websites such as Mass Poetry.org, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Tiferet Journal, Saint Julian Press, Bareback Alchemy and the anthologies, The Darwin Murders, Tasteful Murders and Stories from a Holiday Heart, among others. He is also a “best of the web” Shorty Award nominee and a frequent guest speaker on national media outlets. Jeffreys’ The Write Step blog is also featured by Networkedblogs.com as a top ten website for writing advice.

Editor, Samuel Caterisano

Graphics, Eamon Stewart



AWP Exclusive: Joan Naviyuk Kane, Ada Limón, & Alicia Ostriker

        Fatimah Ashgar                                                                                        Don Share, Part II


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