Toi Derricotte is the author of The Undertaker’s Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and four earlier collections of poetry, including Tender (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997), winner of the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks (W.W. Norton & Co., 1997), received the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her honors include the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, two Pushcart Prizes and the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists. Derricotte is the co-founder of Cave Canem Foundation, Professor Emerita at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit, Michigan, where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer. His first book, Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), received the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Silver Medal, and an NAACP Image Award nomination, as well as being named one of The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2013. May’s honors include the Spirit of Detroit Award, The J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, as well as fellowships from Rose O’Neil Literary House, Lannan Foundation, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. Recent work appears in NYTimes.com, The New Republic, Poetry Daily, and Ploughshares. Several of his poems have been anthologized, and he is currently a Kenyon Review Fellow and co-directs Organic Weapon Arts.
James Tolan is a poet and educator. His poetry collection Mass of the Forgottten was published by Autumn House Press in 2013. He is the co-editor of New America: Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society (Autumn House Press, 2012). Red Walls was published by Dos Madres Press in 2011. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana and has received fellowships and awards from such places as Assoicated Writing Programs, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the New York Department of Cultural Affairs. Tolan writes because the other things he makes don’t last. The food, eaten. The house, renovated, then sold. The life, invented yet again. He writes because he knows no other way to lure the dead, because the words romance him still.
Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody is Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Kennedy-King College in Chicago, Illinois. Her books include Oracle Bones (White Eagle Press, 1994), Light Caught Bending (Diehard Publishers, 1995), Cinnabar (Flume Press, 1995), Smokeless Flame (Frith Press, 1998), and Dragon Lady, Tsukimi (Riverstone Press, 1999), among others. Glacier Fire (WordTech Communications, 2005), won the Word Press Poetry Prize. She was honored with the Henry Blakely Award by Gwendolyn Brooks, and international honors include the Glendora Review Poet (Lagos, Nigeria), Hawthornden International Writers’ Fellow (Midlothian, Scotland), Poetry Fellow in residence at the Writers Center (Dublin, Ireland), and Research Fellow at St. Deiniol’s Library (Hawarden, Wales).
Features a pair of authors published by Twelve Winters Press, JD Schraffenberger and Rachel Jamison Webster. A longer excerpt of Rachel’s interview is availabe in issue 8.1 of Quiddity. Also featured in this episode is poet and 8.1 contributor Charlotte Pence reading a poem “Lemons Are Not Nipples” from her debut collection Many Small Fires (Black Lawrence Press, 2015) Author and spouse Adam Prince discusses the poem with Charlotte. Closing out the show is the 2014 Linda H. Bromberg Prose Poetry Winner Eileen Malone and her poem “weed, seed, creed,” published in issue 8.1.
Features an interview with poet Jim Moore. In 2012 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his book Invisible Strings. His poems have appeared three times in Pushcart Prize Editions as well as in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Kenyon Review. He has also won the Minnesota Book Award for his poetry four times. In Fall of 2014, Underground–a collection of new and selected works was published by Greywolf Press. This episode also includes an excerpt of “A Boat Story” by Luke Wiget from issue 8.1.
Features a conversation with Poem of The Week founder Andrew McFayden-Ketcham and author Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s short story “Thaw” (originally published in Quiddity issue 6.1) . Andrew’s work has appeared in such journals as Glimmer Train, The Missiouri Review, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Besides teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder, Andrew has been involved in numerous writing projects including editing several anthologies for Upper Rubber Boot Books. Poem of The Week was a poetry project Andrew started in 2006 and is going strong today. At the same time he founded Poem of The Week, Andrew started work on his first collection of poems, Ghost Gear, released by the University of Arkansas Press in 2014.
Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s work has won the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, a California Arts Council Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers fellowships. Her most recent novel is The Big Bang Symphony (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010).
Roger Reeves’ poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. He earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His first book, King Me,was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013.