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“There are stakes greater than death.” An interview with Christina Stoddard

Forgive the hand to mouth, Your prayers will blanket the heavens like ash. Some of your mistakes are forgivable. You’re not the one who gets to decide.” –from “Some Ungodly Hour,” Hive (University of Wisconsin Press) In Hive, the debut poetry collection from Christina Stoddard rituals of religion and violence often intermingle. Narrated in the voice of

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August 3, 2015

“They deserve to be heard.” In conversation with Christine Heppermann

In “The Woods,” the first poem in Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty (Greenwillow Books), Christine Heppermann asks, “Where are the fairy tales about gym class / or the doctor’s office or the back of the bus / where bad things also happen?” Much of the rest of the book serves as the answer.

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December 1, 2014

“I wanted a bigger I.” In conversation with Sara Quinn Rivara

I encountered Sara Quinn Rivara’s chapbook, Lake Effect (Aldrich Press) while reading books for the LNL Debut-litzer, and I was anxious for a conversation with the poet herself. I was most captivated by Sara’s language, the way she writes about personal subjects without sounding confessional. The Midwest landscapes in her poems were at once familiar

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September 15, 2014

“I think about what kinds of experiences I want my readers to have.” A conversation with Leslie Jamison

Sarah Marshall: I first got ahold of Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams (Graywolf Press, 2014) courtesy of my best friend from high school, who sent it to me as a birthday present earlier this year. “Happy birthday,” the card read, “to the woman who taught me to empathize with others.” Really, I had taught her, by

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July 7, 2014

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