Interview with Annie Finch

AngelSpeak welcomes Annie Finch to the Friday Interview Series!

I feel more as if I serve the poems, rather than them serving me; it’s more that I go to their world, instead of drawing them to mine.

Annie Finch is a poet, critic, editor, translator, and librettist, author or editor of numerous volumes of poetry, translation, and criticism.  Her books of poetry include EveCalendars (recently released in a new edition with 40-page free downloadable Readers’ Companion and Audio CD), the long poems The Encyclopedia of Scotland and Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams, and the forthcoming Spells: New and Selected Poems.  Her poetry appears in anthologies, textbooks and journals including Agni, Fulcrum, Kenyon Review, The Norton Anthology of World Poetry, Paris Review, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Prairie Schooner, and Yale Review. Her other works include several influential books of poetics, including The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self and the forthcoming A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poems and A Poet’s Ear: A Handbook of Meter and Form. Her music, art, theater, and opera collaborations have shown at such venues as American Opera Projects, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Art Institute, Poets House, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Finch’s book of poetry Calendars was shortlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award and in 2009 she was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award. She holds degrees from Yale University, the University of Houston, and Stanford University, and currently directs the Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine.

Editor Spotlight: Danielle Sellers

Danielle Sellers is originally from Key West, FL. She has an MA from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of Mississippi where she held the Grisham Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in River Styx, Subtropics, Smartish Pace, The Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, Cold Mountain Review, and elsewhere. Her first book, Bone Key Elegies, was published in 2009 by Main Street Rag. She’s editor of The Country Dog Review and teaches at the University of Mississippi. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi with her daughter Olivia.

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Editor Spotlight: Lee Gutkind

Lee Gutkind is founder and editor of, Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary journal to publish nonfiction, exclusively.   He is editor of Best Creative Nonfiction, an annual anthology and author of Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction, both published by W.W. Norton.  In all, Gutkind has written 15 books, and edited 18 collections and volumes in the past 25 years.  In celebration of his impact on the genre, In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction, was published in 2004 by W.W. Norton.  Book List called In Fact “an electrifying anthology . . . an exciting and defining creative nonfiction primer.”  Lee Gutkind is currently the Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University.

Interview with T.R. Hummer

Some people write like going to work in a factory (punch in, punch out). I grew up on a farm, and so that is my base metaphor for process: prepare the ground, plant the seeds, and after awhile something is there—or not.

AngelSpeak welcomes T.R. Hummer to the Friday Interview Series.

T.R. Hummer is the author of 13 books of prose and poetry (including two forthcoming). He is the past editor in chief of The Kenyon Review, of New England Review, and of The Georgia Review. Hummer is the winner of a Guggenheim and an NEA Fellowship for poetry, the Hanes Poetry Prize, the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, and two Pushcart Prizes. He currently teaches at Arizona State University.
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Aimee Nezhukumatathil Interview, Revisited

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The Blood-Jet Writing Hour hosted by Rachelle Cruz

In case you missed it last Friday, you can hear the archived Blood-Jet Writing Hour interview with poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil by clicking the link above.

I’ve followed Nezhukumatathil’s career as a poet from her first full-length collection, Miracle Fruit, that I reviewed for Third Coast in 2003. You can read that review on my website by clicking HERE.

If you don’t know this poet’s work, you should. Trust me. You won’t be disappointed.