Episode 7: Jessica Q. Stark (of Archive, Documentary Play, and Hunger)

Jessica Q. Stark, author of Savage Pageant (Birds, LLC, 2020).

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Read: Jessica’s poem “The Ballad of the Red Wisteria”

Jessica Q. Stark is a California-native, Vietnamese American poet, editor, and educator that lives in Jacksonville, Florida. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and dual MA Degrees in English Literature and Cultural Studies from Saint Louis University’s Madrid Campus. She received her PhD in English from Duke University. She has published scholarly articles on poetry and comics studies and teaches writing at the University of North Florida.

Her poetry has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Society of AmericaPleiadesUp the Staircase QuarterlyCarolina QuarterlyPoetry DailyThe BoilerThe Southeast Review, Hobart PulpVerse DailyTupelo QuarterlyPotluck, and for the Glass Poetry Journal: Poets Resist series. Her first poetry manuscript, The Liminal Parade, was selected by Dorothea Lasky for the Double Take Grand Prize in 2016 and was published by Heavy Feather Review. She is the author of four poetry chapbooks, including her most recent titled INNANET (The Offending Adam, 2021). 

Her full-length poetry collection, Savage Pageant, which was a finalist for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Book Prize, the 42 Miles Press Book Prize, and the Rose Metal Press Hybrid Book Prize, was published by Birds, LLC in March 2020. Savage Pageant was named one of the “Best Books of 2020” in The Boston Globe and in Hyperallergic. Her third poetry manuscript, Buffalo Girl, explores a short time in her mother’s life, Vietnamese-diasporic wolves, and different iterations of Little Red Riding Hood. She occasionally writes poetry reviews for Carolina Quarterly and is currently a Poetry Editor for AGNI and the Comics Editor for Honey Literary.

She has lived in several cities across the globe, including Seoul, South Korea, Madrid, Spain, and for a short time in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, where she ran a backpackers’ hostel with her partner and learned how to crack a coconut with a machete. In her free time, she is a cat-lover and has been trained as a Level Two Reiki practitioner. 

Purchase Jessica Q. Stark’s Savage Pageant (Birds LLC, 2020).

Episode 6: C.T. Salazar (of Souths, Sonnets, and Nonbinary Poetics)

C.T. Salazar, author of American Cavewall Sonnets (Bull City Press, 2021)

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Read: Four of C.T.’s American Cavewall Sonnets

C.T. Salazar is a Latinx poet and librarian from Mississippi. His debut collection, Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking is forthcoming in 2022 from Acre Books. He’s the author of three chapbooks, most recently American Cavewall Sonnets (Bull City Press, 2021). He’s the 2020 recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award in poetry. His poems have appeared in The Rumpus, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, RHINO, and elsewhere.

Purchase C.T. Salazar’s American Cavewall Sonnets (Bull City Press, 2021).

Episode 5: Kelly Cressio-Moeller (Of Bees, Ekphrasis, and First Books)

Kelly Cressio-Moeller, author of Shade of Blue Trees (Two Sylvias Press, 2021)

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Read: An interview with Kelly Cressio-Moeller at ZYZZYVA.

Kelly Cressio-Moeller is a poet and visual artist. Her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, Best New Poets, Best of the Net and have appeared widely in journals and at literary websites including GargoyleNorth American Review, Poet Lore, Salamander, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Valparaiso Poetry ReviewWater~Stone Review, and ZYZZYVA, among others. She is an associate editor at Glass Lyre Press. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, two sons, and their basset hound. Shade of Blue Trees is her first poetry collection, the finalist for the Wilder Prize at Two Sylvias Press.www.kellycressiomoeller.com

Purchase Kelly Cressio-Moeller’s debut poetry collection Shade of Blue Trees.

Episode 4: Carla Sofia Ferreira (Of Newark, Eurydice, and Cherry Blossoms)

Carla Sofia Ferreira, author of Ironbound Fados (Ghost City Press, 2019)

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Read: Carla’s Chapbook Ironbound Fados and her craft chap Eat a Persimmon

Carla Sofia Ferreira is a Portuguese-American poet from Newark, New Jersey who teaches high school English in Newark today. She’s received fellowships from the Sundress Academy for the Arts and DreamYard Radical Poetry Consortium. Her micro-chap Ironbound Fados was published in 2019 by Ghost City Press and in 2020, she self-published a poetry prompt chapbook for high school students and their teachers, Eat A Persimmon. She believes in community gardens, semicolons, and that ICE must be permanently abolished.

Episode 3: Tom Snarsky (Of Games, Francis Bacons, and Ducks, Newburyport)

Tom Snarsky, author of Light-Up Swan (Ornithopter Press, 2021)

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Read: Tom’s poem Gospel of Thomas, which he reads on Episode 3.

Tom Snarsky is a math teacher who writes poetry. He is a former Robert Noyce Teaching Fellow at Tufts University and a Senior Fellow at the Knowles Teacher Initiative. He is the author of two books forthcoming from Broken Sleep in 2022: Speaking Roles, a collection of poetry interviews, and Complete Sentences, a pamphlet of poems about teaching. He is also the author of the chapbook Threshold, published in 2018 by Another New Calligraphy. In addition to his work in print, several of Tom’s chapbooks and pamphlets can be found online as free .pdfs: Number Among (Epigraph), WEAKEN (The Argotist Online), 21 small poems (Binbag Press), minimal sonnets with Jo Ianni (Ghost City Press), the pamphlet Two Songs (Fathomsun Press), the self-published Two Notebook Poems, and With Sorrow as My Window and Forgiveness as My Shield, one of the winners of the Boston Uncommon Chapbook Contest at Boston Accent Lit. Along with Kristin Garth he is the co-organizer of Performance Anxiety, a monthly online poetry reading series. He teaches at Lightridge High School in Aldie, Virginia and lives in Bluemont with his wife Kristi, who all this is for.

Purchase Tom Snarsky’s debut book of poetry Light-Up Swan (Ornithopter Press, 2021).

Episode 2: Christopher Kempf (Of Epigraphs, Paradise Lost, and Faulknerian Time)

Christopher Kempf, author of What Though the Field Be Lost (LSU Press, 2021)

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Read: Kempf’s poems “National Anthem” and “The Union Forever” in full, which he reads a selection from on Episode 2.

Christopher Kempf is the author of the poetry collections What Though the Field Be Lost (LSU, 2021) and Late in the Empire of Men, which won the 2015 Levis Prize from Four Way Books and has been reviewed widely, including in The New York TimesHis scholarly book, Craft Class: The Workshop in American Culture, is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press.

Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, his poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in Best American Poetry (2020), Boston ReviewGeorgia ReviewGettysburg ReviewKenyon ReviewNew England ReviewThe New Republic, and PEN America, among others.  His scholarship appears in American Literary History (ALH), English Literary History (ELH), and Modernism/modernity.

Kempf holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Chicago, an MFA from Cornell University, and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Illinois.

Episode 1: Jessica Cuello (Of Mothers, Brothers, and Philomel)

Jessica Cuello, author of Liar (Winner of the Barrow Street Poetry Prize, 2021)

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Read one of the poems Jessica reads on Episode 1: “The Androgynous Christ.”

Jessica Cuellos manuscript, Liar, has been selected by Dorianne Laux for the 2020 Barrow Street Book Prize, forthcoming in October 2021. She is also the author of Pricking (Tiger Bark Press 2016), winner of the 2017 CNY Book Award, and Hunt (The Word Works 2017), winner of the 2016 Washington Prize. In addition, Cuello has published three chapbooks: My Father’s Bargain (2015), By Fire (2013), and Curie (2011). Cuello was the recipient of The 2018 New Ohio Review Poetry Prize, The 2013 New Letters Poetry Prize, and a 2015 Saltonstall Writing Fellowship. In 2014 she was awarded The Decker Award from Hollins University for outstanding secondary teaching. She teaches French in Central NY and is a poetry editor for Tahoma Literary Review.

Of Poetry Podcast is hosted by Han VanderHart.