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10 Questions for Zachary Frank

- By Catherine Fox

"I came back warm from a long winter run to find my daughter on the couch, feet raised, arm wrapped in a wet towel, a glass of chocolate milk on the end table where her father’s ashes used to be."—from “Dark Smoke Rose,” Volume 60, Issue 3 (Fall 2019)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I’ll let it speak for itself (and for how I ugly I found the world in the third grade):

The Stunningly Ugly Witch and the Repulsive Pheasant

One day on Halloween night a stunningly ugly witch flew on a broomstick to a graveyard. She put out a bubbling cauldron and said “itchky...


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10 Questions for Lauren K. Watel

- By Emily Wojcik

But her features were falling off her face and her lap was sliding off her legs and her voice shifted, as if the ground were dropping away, and she slipped inside her skin a little, as if the mask were too big, and the air rippled with voices and the clatter of clean plates and the clink of glasses, To your health! . . . from “But her feelings,” Volume 60, Issue 3 (Fall 2019)
 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
In college I took a playwriting class and wrote a really goofy piece about a farmer who fell in love with one of his chickens.  I have no idea where that came from—really, I shudder to think.

What writer(s) or works have influenced the way you write now?
Unfortunately...


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10 Questions for Adrienne Su

- By Emily Wojcik

Photo by Guy Freeman.

“It doesn’t have to be unfeminist
to carry them across the bridge

if you meant to spend the morning
this way, and know he’s savoring

the gesture (and will wash the bowl). . . .“—from “Across the Bridge Noodles,” Volume 60, Issue 3 (Fall 2019)
 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The first poem I remember writing was about a rose, although I had no interest in roses. I was seven and thought poems had to be about revered objects. Luckily I got over that early.

What writer(s) or works have influenced the way you write now?
High-school Latin gave me an awareness of meter, a love of form, and a...


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10 Questions for Allison Kade

- By Emily Wojcik

“In Long Island, I prepared to do a mitzvah. My breakdancing crew didn’t ask me about the bombing in Dallas yesterday—the news more front-page than the San Diego ICE raids or the Dominican kid shot in the Bronx last weekend. Just as I didn’t ask which of my boys were undocumented. Maybe they were all citizens; maybe I was a racist. I was the token white boy in their b-boy crew—me and an Asian girl brought the diversity. Yet because I was Jewish I threatened the racial superiority of those Dallas skin-heads, their bald heads crackling in the Texas heat like pork rinds.” from “Doing a Mitzbah,” Volume 60, Issue 3 (Fall 2019)
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10 Questions for Robert Evory

- By Catherine Fox

“My dream awakens after sleep. I cannot swear
these are my hands. The night is probing the air
for bodies asking a little grace from the watery moon.”
—from “Trying to Pray,” Volume 60, Issue 2 (Summer 2019)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
As an undergraduate I took a class with Mary Ruefle. On the first day of class she asked a similar question and requested we bring in that early poem. I brought one in that used an image of a fly as an extended metaphor for love or being jaded about relationships or something. The point of the exercise was to note how our vocabulary and subject matter has changed from the time of our first poem. Many years later, when I got married, I realized...


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