Interviews

Conversations with poets, novelists, nonfiction writers, and playwrights about their work and craft, as well as their thoughts on creative writing education.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH ARTHUR SZE: SEEKING THE SILK DRAGON

INTERVIEW By Andy Fogle This interview with poet Arthur Sze by Andy Fogle and his students is a companion piece to “Playing with Difficulty: A High School Class on Arthur Sze’s Quipu Offers Ideas for Using Creative Writing to Explore Challenging Literature,”which describes Fogle’s experience teaching Sze’s work to high school seniors. ~editors Arthur Sze is…

Interview with Ron Padgett: No Turning Back

INTERVIEW by Matthew Burgess  Ron Padgett grew up in Tulsa and has lived mostly in New York City since 1960. Among his many honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters poetry award, the Shelley Memorial Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Padgett’s How Long was Pulitzer Prize…

Interview with Aracelis Girmay: The Sonic Narrative

INTERVIEW by Christian McEwen In April, Bauhan Publishing published Sparks from the Anvil: the Smith College Poetry Interviews, a collection of interviews with superb contemporary poets by writer and teaching artist Christian McEwen. Throughout the year, Teachers & Writers Magazine has been publishing highlights from this impressive book. Here, McEwen and Aracelis Girmay talk about…

Interview with Jean Valentine: UNDER THE SURFACE

INTERVIEW Interview with Jean Valentine by Christian McEwen  In April 2015, Bauhan Publishing published Sparks from the Anvil: the Smith College Poetry Interviews, a collection of interviews of great poets by writer and teaching artist Christian McEwen. Throughout the year, Teachers & Writers Magazine will publish highlights from this impressive book. Here, McEwen and Jean Valentine hold…

Interview with Yusef Komunyakaa: Terror & Beauty

INTERVIEW by Christian McEwen   Throughout 2015, Teachers & Writers Magazine will publish highlights from Sparks from the Anvil: the Smith College Poetry Interviews, the  collection of interviews by teaching artist, filmmaker, and poet Christian McEwen. In this, the second part of a two-part interview, Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaa discusses war, race, the demands of poetic form, and…

Interview with Yusef Komunyakaa: The Singing Underneath

INTERVIEW   by Christian McEwen Over the last five years, teaching artist, filmmaker, and poet Christian McEwen has interviewed poets as they came to read at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. This spring, many of these interviews will be published by Bauhan Publishing in Sparks from the Anvil: the Smith College Poetry Interviews. Throughout 2015,…

Interview with Eve Ensler: What Are We Afraid Of

INTERVIEW   by Matthew Burgess   Eve Ensler is the Tony Award-winning playwright, activist, and author of the theatrical phenomenon The Vagina Monologues, which has been published in 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries. Eve’s plays include Necessary Targets, TheTreatment, The Good Body, and Emotional Creature. Her books include Insecure At Last:…

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