An editor at the Chicago Review reached out to me the other day to contribute to a piece they wanted to run when AWP Conference 2017 kicked off on Wednesday, February 8th on ways the … [Read More]
The first real poet I got to know was my teacher for two weeks at the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, the summer I turned 18. Her name was Diann Blakely, recently returned to her maiden … [Read More]
This summer, I attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as a workstudy student, meaning I received a tuition scholarship in exchange for serving as a waiter in the dining room during the ten-day conference. When … [Read More]
I’m closing Five Quarterly.
We’re a small, online lit mag that has existed by word-of-mouth and by support of our amazing writers and editors. We’ve hosted a few readings in New York and LA, but haven’t … [Read More]
Centuries pass, yet Russia continues to weave its myths. Traditional Russian folklore is simultaneously bleak yet enchantingly surreal—full of stories about hoary, evil forest women with chicken bone legs (Baba Yaga) looking to devour poor … [Read More]
Last September, during a sultry late-summer lunch hour in Manhattan, I had a street encounter that very nearly moved me to tears. I was crossing Broadway near Lincoln Center with a copy of Elena Ferrante’s … [Read More]
This isn’t a lesbian club, the bald-headed bouncer spat before tossing us onto the icy Montreal street. The details before and after are hazy. I may have fallen for a stripper named Star who led … [Read More]
“In the past, death was often a source of suffering.” “The poem is universal because it involves a birth and all readers have experienced being born.”
Those are fictional examples, but anyone who grades papers will … [Read More]
I’m sitting with my friend Ronna Lebo at a cafe. We’re talking about Boni Joi, a close friend of Ronna’s and a new friend of mine. Boni is also an accomplished poet.
I’m telling Ronna, “The … [Read More]