Features an interview with poet Tim Seibles. Over the last twenty plus years, Seibles has authored six books of poetry, been the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and has received the PEN Oakland Josaphine Mills Award for Poetry. A prominent voice in African American literature, he has been a teacher with Cave Canem as well as an instructor at Old Dominion University. In 2012, his latest book Fast Animal won the Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry.
Features writers from the 2014 Pygmalion Literary Fest Lit Crawl, recorded live at The Esquire Lounge in Champaign, IL. Readers in this episode include: Justin Hamm, Ruben Quesada, and Laura Adamczyk. Justin Hamm is the founding editor of the museum of americana and the author of a full-length collection of poems, Lessons in Ruin (Aldrich Press, 2014), as well as two poetry chapbooks, Illinois, My Apologies (RockSaw Press, 2011) and The Everyday Parade/Alone With Turntable, Old Records (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2013). Ruben Quesada is the author of Next Extinct Mammal (Greenhouse Review Press, 2011). He is poetry editor for Luna Luna Magazine and The Cossack Review. His writing appears in The American Poetry Review, Cimarron Review,Guernica, and Rattle. He teaches English and humanities at Eastern Illinois University. Laura Adamczyk was born and raised and still lives in Illinois. Her writing has appeared in such journals as Ninth Letter,PANK,and Sou’wester as well as winning awards from the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation of Chicago and the DISQUIET International Literary Program.
PANK Magazine and Quiddity sponsored this portion of the 2014 Lit Crawl.
Features novelist Eric Shonkwiler and work from Quiddity issue 7.2. While Eric has lived and worked in every contiguous US time zone, the Ohio native points to the influence of the Midwest in his debut novel Above All Men (MG Press, 2013). This episode also features work from issue 7.2 contributors Patricia Caspers, Judy Myers, and Phoebe Reeves.
Features a conversation with acclaimed writer Katherine Vaz as well as the 2013 Teresa A. White Award winner Chad Simpson. Katherine Vaz is the author of the novels Saudade (St. Martin’s Press, 1994) and Mariana, (HarperCollins, 1997), as well as two short story anthologies. Ms. Vaz’s first collection Fado & Other Stories received the 1997 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and her second, Our Lady of the Artichokes, won the 2007 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. The interview was published in issue 11.1 of Ninth Letter.
Closing out this episode is writer Chad Simpson reading “I Later Learned the Fish was a Gar.” Chad is the author of Tell Everyone I Said Hi (University of Iowa Press, 2012) which won the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award at the University of Iowa.
Features selections from issue 7.1, which includes an interview with National Book Award Finalist poet Matt Rasmussen. Rasmussen discusses the inception of his Walt Whitman Award-winning collection Black Aperture (LSU Press 2013) exploring the suicide of his brother, and working with poet Jane Hirshfield. This episode concludes with a pair of pieces from issue 7.1: Beth Gilstrap’s story “Juveniles Lack Green,” and Purvi Shah’s poem “In the 21st century, Mira remarks–Krishna’s ways of loving belong in a parallel universe.”
Features selections from upcoming issue 7.1, which includes an interview with Carlo Matos and an excerpt from Lisa Ahn’s short story, “Slick.”
Features part two of this two-part special celebrating what it means to be Midwest: “Finding Place in the Placelessness.” Editors Justin Hamm (Museum of Americana) and Christina Olson (Midwestern Gothic) talk about the under-appreciated, rich culture and beauty that is thriving in the Midwest. This show was done in collaboration with the museum of americana as part of their Midwest-themed issue.
Finding Place in the Placelessness: Chad Simpson and Monica Berlin talk with assistant editor John McCarthy about the under-appreciated rich culture and beauty that is thriving in the Midwest in part one of this two-part special celebrating what it means to be Midwestern. This show was done in collaboration with the museum of americana as part of their Midwest-themed issue.