Episode 26: Laura Minor (Of Heart, Authors’ Prayers, and Ripening)

Laura Minor, author of Flowers as Mind Control (BkMk Press, 2021)

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Read: “Flowers as Mind Control” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse.

Purchase: Flowers as Mind Control (BkMk Press, 2021)

Laura Minor’s critically acclaimed debut book of poems, Flowers as Mind Control, won the 2020 John Ciardi Poetry Prize and is published by the University of Arkansas Press, 2022. Laura won the I.L.A.’s Rita Dove Poetry Award (chosen by Marilyn Nelson) and the Emerging Writers Spotlight Award (chosen by poet D.A. Powell). She teaches poetry at Oklahoma State University.

Also please check out:

Sean Singer’s Today in the Taxi (Tupelo Press, 2022)

Rosemary Tonks – read more here

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Episode 25: Bronwen Tate (Of Lexicons, Milk, and Description)

Bronwen Tate, author of The Silk the Moths Ignore (Inlandia Books, 2021).

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Read: “Moon Without Possible Approach” at Tin Fish Press.

Purchase: The Silk the Moths Ignore (Inlandia Books, 2021)

Bronwen Tate teaches poetry, creative nonfiction, and creative writing pedagogy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is the author of the poetry collection The Silk the Moths Ignore and a contributor to the collaborative book-length poem Midwinter ConstellationBronwen’s poems and essays have appeared in Bennington Review, CV2, Grain, The Rumpus, Journal of Modern Literature, and Contemporary Literature. Her substack newsletter Ok, But How? goes deep on process and includes snacks. 

Episode 24: Shelley Wong (Of Quietness, Fire Island, and Looking at Each Other)

Shelley Wong, author of AS SHE APPEARS (YesYes Books, 2022), photographed by Margarita Corporan

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Read: Shelley Wong’s poem “To Yellow,” which she reads on Episode 24.

Shelley Wong is the author of As She Appears (YesYes Books, May 2022), winner of the 2019 Pamet River Prize. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American PoetryKenyon Review, and New England Review. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Kundiman, MacDowell, and Vermont Studio Center. She is an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts and lives in San Francisco.

Purchase: As She Appears (YesYes Books, 2022).

Episode 23: jason b. crawford (Of Queer Black Language, Phantom Safety, and Debt)

jason b. crawford, author of Year of the Unicorn Kidz (Sundress Publications, 2022)

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Read: “Unicorn Kidz Dance Under the Moonlight, Too” at SplitLip

jason b. crawford (They/Them) is a writer born in Washington DC, raised in Lansing, MI. Their debut chapbook collection Summertime Fine is out through Variant Lit. Their second chapbook Twerkable Moments is out from Paper Nautilus Press. Their third chapbook, Good Boi, is out from Neon Hemlock press. Their debut Full Length Year of the Unicorn Kidz will be out in 2022 from Sundress Publications. crawford holds a Bachelor of Science in Creative Writing from Eastern Michigan University and is the co-founder of The Knight’s Library Magazine. crawford is the winner of the Courtney Valentine Prize for Outstanding Work by a Millennial Artist, Vella Chapbook Contest, and Variant Lit Chapbook Contest. They were a finalist for the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid 2021 Poetry Contest and the 2021 OutWrite chapbook contest winner in poetry. Their work can be found in Split Lip Magazine, Glass Poetry, Four Way Review, Voicemail poems, FreezeRay Poetry, HAD, among others. They are a current poetry MFA candidate at The New School.

Purchase: Year of the Unicorn Kidz (Sundress Publications, 2022)

Episode 22: Marlanda Dekine (Of Coming Home, Staying in the Body, and Gullah-Geechee Pronouns)

Marlanda Dekine, author of Thresh & Hold (Hub City Press, 2022).

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Read: “Hurricane Family,” published at Moist Poetry Journal.

Marlanda Dekine’s debut full-length poetry collection, Thresh & Hold, is the winner of Hub City Press’s 2021 New Southern Voices Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in March 2022.

MARLANDA DEKINE’S WORK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED OR IS FORTHCOMING IN OXFORD AMERICAN, POETRY, EMERGENCE MAGAZINE, BEESTUNG, ANNULET, SHUDDHASHAR MAGAZINE, AND ELSEWHERE. THEY ARE THE 2021-2022 CASTLE OF OUR SKINS SHIRLEY GRAHAM DU BOIS CREATIVE-IN-RESIDENCE, A RECIPIENT OF THE 2022 PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL LANGSTON HUGHES FELLOWSHIP, A 2021 TIN HOUSE SCHOLAR, AND A WATERING HOLE FELLOW.

CURRENTLY, MARLANDA SERVES AS HEALING JUSTICE FELLOW WITH GENDER BENDERS AND IS WORKING WITH THE AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER/PERFORMER COLLECTIVE, COUNTER)INDUCTION, ON A MUSO-POETIC WORK ENTITLED ARS POETICA.

THEY ARE A GRADUATE OF FURMAN UNIVERSITY (B.A. PSYCHOLOGY) AND THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA (MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK). THEY LIVE IN GEORGETOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA WITH THEIR AMAZING DOG, MALACHI. 

Purchase: Thresh & Hold (Hub City Press, 2022)

Episode 21: Lenard D. Moore (Of Jazz, Haiku, and Community)

Lenard D. Moore, author of Long Rain (Wet Cement Press, 2021) and The Geography of Jazz (Blair, 2018)) and more.

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Read: a selection of haiku by Lenard D. Moore at the North Carolina Haiku Society

Lenard D. Moore is an internationally acclaimed poet and anthologist. His literary works have been published in more than sixteen countries and translated into more than twelve languages.

His poems, essays, short stories and book reviews have appeared in more than 400 publications. His poems have appeared in more than 100 anthologies.  He has taught Creative Writing and African American Literature.  He is a U.S. Army Veteran.  Moore is the author of Long Rain; The Geography Of Jazz; A Temple Looming; Desert Storm: A Brief History; Forever Home; The Open Eye, among other books.  He is the editor of All The Songs We Sing; One Window’s Light: A Collection of Haiku, and other books.  He has collaborated with poets, visual arts, musicians and dancers on several projects.  He is the founder and executive director of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective and co-founder of the Washington Street Writers Group. He also is the longtime Executive Chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society.  He is the First African American President of the Haiku Society of America, serving two terms. Among his numerous awards are the North Carolina Award for Literature; Furious Flower Laureate Ring; Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award; Margaret Walker Creative Writing Award; Cave Canem Fellowships, and a Soul Mountain Retreat Fellowship.  He earned his Master of Arts in English and African American Literature, from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He also earned his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in English (Magna Cum Laude) from Shaw University.

Purchase: Long Rain (Wet Cement Press, 2021) and The Geography of Jazz (Blair, 2018)

Episode 20: Amanda Moore (Of Bee Keeping, California Light, and Haibun)

Amanda Moore, author of Requeening (HarperCollins/Ecco, 2021)

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Read: Amanda Moore’s poem “Labor as an Exotic Vacation,” which she reads on Episode 20.

Amanda Moore’s debut collection of poetry, Requeening, was selected for the 2020 National Poetry Series by Ocean Vuong and published by HarperCollins/Ecco in October 2021. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, ZZYZVA, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, and her essays have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Hippocampus Magazine, and on the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s blog. She is the recipient of writing awards, residencies, and fellowships from The Brown Handler Residency, In Cahoots, The Writers Grotto, The Writing Salon, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Poetry Co-editor at Women’s Voices for Change and a reader at VIDA Review and INCH, Amanda is a high school English teacher and lives by the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband and daughter. 

Purchase: Requeening (HarperCollins/Ecco, 2021)

Check out: Aganetha Dyck‘s collaborative sculptures with bees!

Episode 19: Donna Vorreyer (Of Love, Ritual, and Ordinary Joy)

Donna Vorreyer, author of To Everything There Is (Sundress Publications, 2020).

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Read: Donna’s poems “In the Encyclopedia of Human Gestures” at Flypaper and “To Everything, There Is” at Penn Review.

Donna Vorreyer is the author of To Everything There Is (2020), Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (2016) and A House of Many Windows (2013), all from Sundress Publications. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Waxwing, Poet Lore, Cherry Tree, Salamander, Harpur Palate, and other journals. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago where she serves as an associate editor for Rhino Poetry and hosts the monthly online reading series A Hundred Pitchers of Honey.

Purchase: To Everything There Is (Sundress Publications, 2020) and Donna’s other full-lengths at Sundress Publications.

Also Donna’s visually collaborative chapbook Encantado, which we talk about on the episode, from Red Bird Press.

Check out Christine Shank’s art as well as Claire Morgan’s art, featured on Donna’s first and third full-length covers)

Episode 18: Twila Newey and Natalie Solmer (Of Water, Gardens, and Caretaking)

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Twila Newey has an M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics from Naropa. Her poems were finalists for the 2019 Coniston Prize at Radar Poetry and won honorable mention in the 2019 JuxtaProse Poetry Contest. You can read recent work at Interim Poetics, Sugarhouse Review, Green Mountains Review, and Moist Poetry journal. Twila lives in Northern California at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers.

Read: Twila’s poems “honeycomb” and “Theories of Heaven” at Green Mountain Review.

Natalie Solmer is the founder and Editor In Chief of The Indianapolis Review, and is an Assistant Professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College. She grew up in South Bend, Indiana, went to Clemson University in South Carolina and majored in horticulture. Before her return to grad school and career in teaching, she worked in the horticultural field, primarily as a grocery store florist for 13 years. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications such as: Colorado Review, North American Review, The Literary Review, and Pleiades. She also has published her visual poetry and visual art in places such as Yes, Poetry and Babel Tower Notice Board. 

Read: Natalie Solmer’s poem “Girl of Water, I could Swallow a Garden” at EcoTheo Review.

Episode 17: Kasey Jueds (Of Animals, Silence, and Folk Tales)

Kasey Jueds, author of The Thicket (Univ. Pittsburgh Press, 2021).

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Read: Kasey Jueds’ poem “Kittatinny,” which she reads on the episode.

Kasey Jueds a poet living in the Catskill Mountains in New York. Kasey poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bennington Review, Cave Wall, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Narrative, Ninth LetterPleiadesProvincetown Arts, River Styx, Salamander, The Southampton Review, Tinderbox, and Waxwing.Kasey has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Soapstone, and the Ucross Foundation; and a visiting poet at the University of Pennsylvania, LaSalle College, and the University of Northern Colorado. Kasey’s first book Keeper first book, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, and was published by Pitt in fall, 2013. Kasey’s second book, The Thicket, is has just been published by Pittsburg Press this month, November, 2021.

Purchase: The Thicket by Kasey Jueds (UPitt Press, 2021).