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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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9 Questions for Adam J. Sorkin

- By Christin Howard

“When I shook hands with him
his hand remained in my hand
that’s how he is, generous, I told myself
 as I tried to get rid of his warm hand
that grasped my own ever more tightly” —From "Two Snails Stuck to My Cheeks," by Matei Visniec, translated by Adam J. Sorkin and Lidia Vianu, Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you translated.
I never imagined myself a translator...


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10 Questions for Lidia Vianu

- By Christin Howard

“it’s true that we’d been very close
but never did I imagine that
I’d see him flayed right before my eyes
with his heart tumbling down to my feet
just because we were going to say goodbye” —From "Two Snails Stuck to My Cheek," by Matei Visniec, translated by Adam J. Sorkin and Lidia Vianu, Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

 Tell us about one of the first pieces you translated.
It was Joyce Carol Oates, followed by Joseph Conrad, Mirror of the Sea.

The former was—miraculously, for communist times in Romania—published in our then best world literature magazine. It was my one-time publication before 1990.  The latter took some twenty years to go to print...


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(Not Quite) 10 Questions for Susanna Brougham

- By Christin Howard

 The lake moves, blue to blue. Runnels, droplets,
oar-lifted slap dull chimes against gunwales.

The blue dress and white kerchief are a young woman
crossing what she can’t escape. She forces
a calm, makes 
a quiet pool of herself. —from "A Finnish Lake," Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

Is there a city or place, real or imagined, that influences your writing?
Finland, for sure. It is a real place, of course, yet also an imagined place, for me. All my grandparents were born there, and it has fascinated me from an early age. For...


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10 Questions for Kathryn Mills

- By Christin Howard

“My Dad took me out of kindergarten before the end of the semester, and we flew to Europe. We’re American, but 1961 was a good time for us to be out of the country. My father, C. Wright Mills—a sociologist and pioneering social critic—was embroiled in troubles, both political and personal.” —From "Up in Smoke," Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)
 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
In my early twenties, I wrote poems about my love life and nature in a small sketch pad, using different colored inks.

What writer(s) or works have influenced the way you write now?
I love books that blur the lines between genres—memoir blended with...


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