An Open Letter from the Only Poet on the Professor’s Watchlist*

When my name appeared on the noxious Professor’s Watchlist–a McCarthyist attempt to shame professors who speak out about social justice–I set aside some precious break time to write a reply. Note only is my entry on the list factually inaccurate, it is an intimidation masquerading as public service. Many thanks to the Kenyon Review for [...]

A Letter to the Indianapolis Star about the Myth of Voter Fraud

(NB: The following letter was sent to the Indianapolis Star on September 24, 2016. The Star never responded to my request to print the letter, whether online or in print.) September 24, 2016 To the Editorial Board of the Indianapolis Star: Although I appreciative the investigative rigor that Tony Cook applies to the voter fraud [...]

Mantis 14 Now Available!

My final issue as Mantis‘s Poetry Editor is now available! You can pick up your copies at AWP in Los Angeles (March 30th – April 2nd) or through our new website. Below you’ll find my introduction to this issue’s New Poetry.   “Everything that I thought would be gone is still here,” Natalie Garyet writes in [...]

New Maxim Amelin Translations in Waxwing (8) and Two Lines (24)

The current issue of Two Lines (Spring 2016, #24) is a great one for Russian literature. Sibelan Forrester translates I. Grekova, James Kates translates Aigerm Tazhi, and Anne Fisher and I translate two more poems by Maxim Amelin. We’re particularly proud of our “Classical Ode to V. V. Mayakovsky,” where Amelin tells Mayakovsky to become “the man you [...]

The Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College

I am delighted to announce that in the fall of 2016 I will become the Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. My course load will consist of American Literature and Creative Writing. This is something of a dream appointment for a poet-scholar, and I look forward to classes [...]

Derek Talks Children’s Poetry at the Kenyon Review Blog

In the final days before the end of the 2015 Christmas shopping season, I posted a pair of reviews for Kenyon Review Online. The topic? Children’s poetry, that wonderfully underrated genre enjoying a bit of a renaissance of late. There are some fantastic children’s poets–Jon Scieszka, Brian Lies–worth checking out if you’ve got small ones [...]

A New Poem Now Available in Boxcar Poetry Review 36 (winter 2015)

My thanks to Neil Aitken for including “Preamble” in the current issue of Boxcar Poetry Review. The poem, which is about making babies in Moscow, finds good company in the work of Kai Carlson-Wee and Kazumi Chin.    Boxcar also published an interview that Dean Rader and I did after our first books came out, way back in 2011.

“Colloquy with St. Mary of Egypt,” a finalist for the Wells College Press Chapbook Contest, will appear in Blackbird

Congratulations to the J.R. Tappenden, whose chapbook Independent City, won the 2016 Wells Press Chapbook Contest. My own manuscript, Colloquy with St. Mary of Egypt, was a finalist, and I was delighted to read the following from Wells Press: “Judges’ comments about the manuscript included praise for it as ‘a wonderfully complex and suggestive meditation’ combining elements [...]

Three New Poems in The American Literary Review (online, fall 2015)

I’m delighted to have three poems in the current issue of American Literary Review: “In the Land Between Sex and Conception,” “The Second Year,” and “The Undecided Voter.” Check out some new translations from Jesse Lee Kercheval too, and lovely poems by Dan Beachy-Quick and Gary Fincke. My thanks to Bruce Bond and Corey Mark for the opportunity to [...]

“The Book of Sex” and “The Book of Sex 2″ (poems) in Potomac Review 57 (fall 2015)

The newly redesigned Potomac Review is a sight to behold. I’m honored to have two short poems, eight lines each, in the current issue, number 57: “The Book of Sex” and “The Book of Sex 2.” You’ll have to order this one online, as Potomac is print only… but it’s worth it! My thanks to Potomac‘s editor, [...]

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