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Hannah Stephenson is a poet, editor, and instructor living in Columbus, Ohio (where she also runs a monthly literary event series called Paging Columbus). Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Hobart, Contrary, MAYDAY, and The Nervous Breakdown; her collection, In the Kettle, the Shriek, is now available from Gold Wake Press. You can visit her online at her daily poetry blog, The Storialist, or find her on Twitter.

In Part and Parcel, Hannah Stephenson talks with writers and artists about a fascinating facet of their creative work.

Entries by Hannah Stephenson

Part and Parcel: Nin Andrews

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 12:34 PM

In Part and Parcel, I talk with writers and artists about a fascinating facet of their work.


Beauty leads to vulnerability, and beauty is most often seen as a feminine quality. These concepts are thoroughly, almost obviously embedded in our...

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Part and Parcel: Kelli Russell Agodon

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 6:18 PM

In Part and Parcel, I talk with writers and artists about a fascinating facet of their work.


What happens when romance meets substance? Is the world of art somehow separate from the world of routine? Artists must constantly confront this...

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Part and Parcel: Susan Rich

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 3:53 PM

In Part and Parcel, I talk with writers and artists about a fascinating facet of their work.


The condition of looking creates longing--or maybe it's the other way around. Art always finds a way to dance between desire and distance....

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Part and Parcel: Danielle Krysa

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:10 AM

In Part and Parcel, I talk with writers and artists about a fascinating facet of their work.


Recently, I watched a documentary about Steve Sabol, the irrepressibly creative president and co-founder of NFL films; I loved learning that he was...

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Caves, Icebergs, and Humanoid Landscapes: A Collaboration With Rebecca Chaperon

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 2:52 PM


As a poet, I value and adore working with visual artists; collaborating across genre and medium often provides an instant jolt of inspiration. In my writing practice, I often write poems that have been sparked by an image. Last summer,...

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Part and Parcel: Okla Elliott

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 11:06 AM

In Part and Parcel, I talk with writers and artists about a fascinating facet of their work.


"Perch, please, with me on the edge/ of an apocalypse," reads a line in Okla Elliott's debut full-length poetry collection,

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Part and Parcel: Poet January Gill O'Neil

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:08 PM

In Part and Parcel, Hannah Stephenson talks with writers and artists about a fascinating facet of their creative work.


The image of an island carries a number of emotionally-charged, conflicting connotations: isolation and tranquility,...

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Poem: Sap Season

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 9:46 PM

Image credit: Yukari Kaihori

Sap Season

All the love you will ever feel
you have always carried within you

The pellet you think love is

blooms into stone,
into flame, into glass

You fed it...

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Poem: Of Two Minds

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 8:42 AM

image credit: Cathy Lees

Of Two Minds

Dear Miss Manners, teach me
how to reach a decision.
When I reach for it, what will
it feel like, fingertips
grazing my fingertips, or just
dead air...

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Poem: We Will Judge You Based on Your Wedding

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 11:44 AM

image credit: Madeline von Foerster

We Will Judge You Based on Your Wedding

We will judge you based on your wedding,
on what you have designed. How many guests
were you expecting, and how many are present.

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Poem: Toy Lawnmower

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 1:41 PM

Image Credit: Mel Kadel

Toy Lawnmower

To learn to mow the grass,
pretend to mow the grass.

Pretend enough and you'll
get good. Playtime trains

the wobbly, imprecise body
for how it will be later, give

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Poem: Europa

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 9:58 AM

Image courtesy of Nicole Dextras


Even while surrounded by ice,
there is buried water not frozen,

never freezing. Floating in the dark
brine, sealed off from humans,

microorganisms, mouths full of
saltwater cud. A scientist...

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Poem: Groves

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 10:38 AM

Image courtesy of Shawn Dulaney


This is the year you are alive in.
Before, you can't know the plagues

that ravaged the villages, the city
before the great fire, the green land

before the grey city. These are

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Poem: As Far As We Know

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 8:22 AM

Image courtesy of Souther Salazar

As Far As We Know

The Earth is a swimming pool,
but solid. The Grand Canyon
wouldn't be the shallow end,
or even the baby pool. To get
to where the diamonds are...

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Poem: Spot

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 8:31 PM


Image courtesy of Amy Friend


Instructions: Place test on a flat surface out of your line of vision. Then, read this poem. Repeat, if you like. After three minutes have passed, then check the results of the pregnancy test.

Pirouettes begin...

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Poem: That's How I Roll

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 3:36 PM

Image courtesy of SuttonBeresCuller

That's How I Roll

What did the enormous boulder say
to the little village, when it was dislodged
by lightning and sent plummeting
into the valley. What did the lucky dice

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Poem: Celestial Seasonings

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 9:50 PM


Image courtesy of Joe Webb

Celestial Seasonings

Flight of the bumblebee
next door, the neighbor's

kettle's voice through her
screened window at three

in the morning, into our
bedroom. The cool air

brings sound, dangles there.
Not wind....

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Poem: Never All Things at Once

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 11:11 AM


Image by Jamie Isenstein, courtesy of Andrew Kreps Gallery

Never All Things at Once

White blossoms or green leaves,
not both. "Edelweiss" with the Captain
and Liesl, pink and green-clad children,
Maria watching,...

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Poem: Fraction

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 5:13 PM

Image courtesy of Tanja Hollander


One day, my heart will stop beating. (not everything is a joke)

-Jimmy Kimmel in a tweet on January 13, 2012

There will be a world with no...

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Poem: Long Time No See

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 11:05 AM

image courtesy of Helena Wurzel

Long Time No See

When was it that
we last saw one

We use our whole
conversation to
uncover when,

picking through
events and dates,


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