Jane Scott, the longtime rock critic for The Cleveland Plain Dealer, used to say her career began with the greatest interview of her life. The year was 1966, the Beatles were playing Municipal Stadium, and Scott had managed to secure an exclusive with Paul McCartney. He was “charming as predicted,” she’d write, though he warned [...]
On May 15th, Maxim Amelin won the prestigious 2013 Solzhenitsyn Prize, an honor given to those Russian writers and scientists–living in Russia–whose work reflects the “rare moral purity and sense of tragedy” that accompanies Russian life. The prize was bestowed by Natalya Solzhenitsyn, Solzhenitsyn’s widow. We’re pleased to honor Maxim’s accomplishment with the publication of three new [...]
Call it vanity, but I wanted to post a pair of audio interviews I did shortly after Other Romes was published in 2011. I recently recovered links to these audio files before they descended into deep, internet obscurity. Let the nostalgia begin. Both interviews were conducted in the fall of 2011 and the conversation, in both [...]
A little less than a year ago, Virginia Ramos invited me to edit the new poetry for Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism, & Translation. Mantis–named after Louis Zukofsky’s sestina “Mantis”–appears annually with the support of Stanford University’s Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and has been doing for over a decade. Our eleventh issue is [...]
Recently, my friend and fellow poet Maggie Glover—check out her poems in the forthcoming issue of Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism, and Translation!—invited me to participate in The Next Big Thing. TNBT invites poets to interview themselves about a recent or forthcoming book, post their responses to a personal website, then call on [...]
Audio interview with The Missouri Review’s poetry editor, Jason Koo.