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10 Questions for Sandra Waters

- By Franchesca Viaud

Much of what was happening around the world remained unknown to most people. The vast majority didn't know anything about it or couldn't decode the signs of this revolution. In the big cites, the fuses had been lit, and we could smell the sparks coming from Vietnam, the Prague Spring, Bolivia, Chicago, and Woodstock. I sensed it, but nothing and no one had clearly communicated these things to me. You could feel it in the air, but there was no verbal confirmation. 
—from "Coming Out," Volume 64, Issue 4 (Winter 2023)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you translated.
About twenty-five years ago I started translating Laura Mancinelli’s I dodici abati di Challant (1981), an Agatha Christie-inspired murder...


10 Questions for Siavash Saadlou

- By Franchesca Viaud

Rakhshan believed no sins existed, unless a woman had committed one. That may be why her life had always progressed like a chain of dominos, invariably promising complete destruction with the fall of the first piece, after which she would have to build everything anew. Ever since childhood and into her youth, until now, at thirty-five years of age, she had always known what awaited her down the road with every first mistake, paying the price dearly and later beating herself up helplessly to get her life back in order.
—from "Ten Minutes," Volume 64, Issue 4 (Winter 2023)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you translated.
My first work of literary translation included a trilogy of poems from the Iranian poet Rasool Yoonan...


10 Questions for Lory Bedikian

- By Franchesca Viaud

After we make love, I think of the word obliterate

how it means the destruction of something. I think

hostile hands are everywhere. We should probably

nail it all shut. I don't have time to think back to

the fourteenth century because too much is tangling

roots this day and the day after.
—from "Manifesto,'" Volume 64, Issue 4 (Winter 2023)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
Well, I’ve been writing for decades so I wouldn’t be able to do that. Let me bring back a poem I worked on revising during my MFA. It was a century ago, the year 2000, and I presented something to the workshop group titled “Beyond the Mouth,” which is now the opening poem to...


10 Questions for Sumita Chakraborty

- By Franchesca Viaud

When cleaved of their fur, rabbits look like they do not come from our planet.

Perhaps they came to us, bare, from yours.

Perhaps some of you came here with these creatures, their muscle and fat
               smooth around their lungs—the size of thumbs—and their eyes
               protruding from their faces, like emaciated cats.
—from "Track Eight: 'Alienation of Affection,'" Volume 64, Issue 3 (Fall 2023)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
One of the first poems I ever finished is called “Cabinet of...


10 Questions for Thea Matthews

- By Franchesca Viaud

                       Teeth marks are found in the back of a cop car.
Cymbals clang on too-hot grits.

            My mental chatter is at the speed of rabbits thumping.
Asphalt tapes the blood spill.

A gold tooth crater smiles into a blow.
                        The blow is the lingering smoke of a body left
unrecognizable. A rollercoaster of adrenaline
                                                          shines bright
the red pollock splatter....

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