In case you missed the December broadcast on PBS, you can watch/listen/read Jeffrey Brown’s interview with Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts in which they discuss the press’s 99 percent rejection rate and the difference between publication and poetry. Find it on PBS Newshour.

Claudia Rankine

May 16, 2017

In the Winter 2016 issue of The Paris Review, David L. Ulin interviews Claudia Rankine on many subjects, including her influences, her relationship with the audience and her prize-winning book, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014). The interview is now online.

what do editors want?

March 23, 2016

Six QuestionsIt’s a question that writer/editor Jim Harrington has been asking for a long time. And while knowing an editor’s preferences, style and idiosyncrasies is no guarantee that your poems will be accepted, it surely can’t hurt.

Harrington interviews editors of literary journals and, every Friday, posts their replies on Six Questions For…. The list of journals is impressive, running far down the right sidebar of the page. Harrington himself writes flash fiction and that genre is well represented.

Of course, the best way to understand an editor’s preferences is to 1) read the publication and 2) read and follow the guidelines. But Jim Harrington’s interviews (and similar interviews on Duotrope, a subscription-based service for writers) provide valuable insights that might just give you the edge you need.

poets’ words

January 7, 2016

divedapper
Divedapper is a site “devoted exclusively to featuring interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry.” The interviews, by poet Kaveh Akbar, are wide-ranging conversations that include a variety of links, which expand upon the topics discussed and the poet interviewed. Have a look.

Listen!

December 23, 2013

Paul MuldoonHere’s some good news: the New Yorker, long a repository of printed poems, has initiated a podcast series, New Yorker Poetry Podcasts. In each podcast, poetry editor Paul Muldoon will interview a poet, who will read from his/her own work as well as that of another poet.

Listen to Muldoon’s 20-minute conversation with Philip Levine, or download New Yorker Poetry Podcast at iTunes.

KMREAn interview with Maria McLeod, writer, poet, documentary filmmaker and one of the judges for the 2011 Sue Boynton Poetry Contest, will air this Sunday, August 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific) on Bellingham’s independent radio station, KMRE 102.3FM. Maria talks about her work, including her prison interviews for Pam Kuntz’s ‘Prison Pieces’ and a reading of her powerful poem, After Birth.

Women’s Voices NW is hosted by Kate Nichols. In addition to the broadcast on KMRE, the program will be streamed and available on podcast in two segments.

Learn more about Maria McLeod at the How Loud Media website.

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