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10 Questions for J Brooke

- By Edward Clifford

When the kids are younger, here is what I glean from weekly sessions with a therapist: There is a difference between anxiety and trauma. Had I not found Emi on one of those nights, and had she gone off with one of the random older men who hung out after midnight in front of the 7-11, she might have been raped. Or killed. Or a combination.
—from "Tanker," Volume 63, Issue 3 (Fall 2022)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The undergraduate college I attended didn’t have a creative writing major at the time, so my first piece was a novella created during a yearlong independent study with a professor at the neighboring college in satisfaction of my senior thesis. Loosely based on my...


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10 Questions for Hilary Plum

- By Edward Clifford

At the university where I worked part-time the most it would cost $700 per month for just my health insurance, much more for my family. This university owned like a quarter of the city. Maybe you could get your BA in landlording. Trump is one of their best-known alums. In those years the university paid Joe Biden about $900,000 to show up about twelve times. In the west of the city sometimes you'd spot a new outcrop of condos, gated in, little private bus waiting with the clean logo of the hospital that belonged to the university, don't worry, it said, to be in the city you don't have to be in the city.
—from "Philly," Volume 63, Issue 3 (Fall 2022)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
In my twenties I...


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10 Questions for Tommye Blount

- By Edward Clifford

Garnet like the edges of Bible pages—
no, not that dark, think brighter, more 

sacred, less symbol of hatred, more
of the revered called to repair this

land's flag bothered ragged by those 
cured with the devil's mark
—from "Hydra," Volume 63, Issue 3 (Fall 2022)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
Not one of the first poems, but definitely a pivotal one. This was the early ‘00s when I worked with the poet, and my dear friend, Vievee Francis. Kevin Young’s Black Maria, an amazing lyrical take on film noir that is still one of my favorite books of poems, had just come out. Clueless about the amount of skill it took Young to make it look so easy,...


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10 Questions for Rebecca Lehmann

- By Edward Clifford

In the whale's spout, a rainbow.
In my daughter's hair, a rainbow hairtie.
In the holy, holy. Holy, holy.
In a diamond's carbon-shape angles.
In each eye, a stone reflected,
a sore.
—from "In Morning," Volume 63, Issue 3 (Fall 2022)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
When I was in third grade, my teacher had us do an ekphrastic writing exercise based on postcards of paintings in the Chicago Art Institute. Mine was the painting “The Coast of Labrador” by William Bradford, and I wrote a story about a girl with really big feet who gets stranded on an island and is discovered by a fisherman. I was the tallest kid in my class that year and really self-conscious about it....


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"All reading is performance, all performance is reading."

- By Alison C. Rollins

I've always admired the way Alison C. Rollins's poetry bridges urgency and experimentation. In her hands, objects from the archive are transformed into poetic vectors to imagine other worlds, other possibilities. I've also been following and admiring her recent experiments with creating physical objects from this poetic process. When we received her exquisite poem, "A Bell Is a Messenger of Time" for the Fall 2022 issue of...


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