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Jonathan Hobratsch is a former English teacher at Pace University and formerly worked for Huffington Post. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. He enjoys coffee, walking, history, and literature. He now lives in Austin, Texas where he is the founding blogger for HistoryMonocle.com.

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2016 Poetry Month: An Interview with Emily Skillings

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 6:38 PM

Emily Skillings is the author of two chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). Recent poems can be found/are forthcoming in Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Hyperallergic, LitHub, Jubilat, Pleiades, Phantom Limb, Philadelphia Review of Books, and Washington Square. She lives in...

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2016 Poetry Month: An Interview With Nicolas Hundley

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 4:15 PM

Nicolas Hundley's first book, The Revolver in the Hive, won the 2012 Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize and was published by Fordham University Press in 2013. His poems have appeared in Green Mountains Review, FIELD, Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Verse, LIT, Conduit, and other publications. He attended...

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2016 Poetry Month: An Interview With Thylias Moss

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 12:16 PM

Thylias Moss, Professor Emerita, author of 10 published books, two nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Limited Fork Theorist, and MacArthur Fellowship recipient, book #11, Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities' Red Dress Code forthcoming in September 2016. She is forking towards happiness.

Harold...

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2016 Poetry Month: An Interview With James Richardson

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 3:30 PM

James Richardson (www.aboutjamesrichardson.com) is most recently the author of By the Numbers, which was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award, and During, just published, which won the Poetry Society of America's Castagnola Prize for best book-in-progress. He teaches at Princeton University.

I first saw...

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2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With John Ashbery

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 7:21 PM

John Ashbery is the author of nearly thirty books of poetry. He has won nearly every major American poetry award, starting with the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1956. In addition to his own poems, Mr. Ashbery has translated the work of several French poets. His influence on...

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2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Erin Belieu

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:26 AM

Erin Belieu is the author of four books of poetry. She is the director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University.

It's been twenty years since the publication of your first book, Infanta. You have now written three books since then. Do you feel you...

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2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Kathleen Ossip

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 3:20 PM

Kathleen Ossip is the author of four books of poetry. She teaches at the New School in New York City.

You have a new book out this year, The Do-Over, which has been called an "unsentimental elegy." Could you tell our readers a little about the making...

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2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With T. R. Hummer

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 5:24 PM

T. R. Hummer is a poet, critic, essayist and the author of over ten books of poetry. He teaches at Arizona State University.

You've published Ephemeron in 2012, Skandalon in 2014 and will soon publish Eon. What is the story behind the names for this trilogy?

My...

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10 Worst Senate/House Defeats of the Last 100 Years

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 7:29 AM

As I write this, the Democrats have lost seven seats in the Senate and nine seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. Other election results are too close now or require a run-off election. Some liken the Republican victory to a giant wave. However, when

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The Second Term Midterm Presidential Curse

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 12:28 PM

If President Obama loses the Senate on November 4, it will not be so much a mar on his presidential legacy as it will be a continuation of a recent two-term presidential tradition. Our last four full two-term presidents, Eisenhower to Bush II, have concluded their final two years in...

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On Poetry Awards: Figures and Questions

(7) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 5:02 PM

I write this blog to encourage discussion among poets regarding poetry awards. To do this, I will begin with showing some figures on the awards, along with some observations. Finally, I'll end by posing 10 questions.

The numbers below come from a MS Excel database that I have created....

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World War I Poets: An Interview With Alfred Corn

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 7:11 PM

July 28 marks the 100th anniversary of World War I. The military and political consequences of the Great War will be told and retold throughout the week. Therefore, I've decided to focus on the great poets of World War I through an interview with

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150 Years Since Ulysses S. Grant's Superstition Won a War

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 3:39 PM

May 4 through June 24 is the 150th anniversary of the Overland campaign, which took place during the American Civil War in 1864. Although General Robert E. Lee didn't surrender until April 9, 1865, the Overland campaign turned the Civil War into an end-game scenario with...

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5 Questions for Poets: Part 5

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 6:50 PM

Some of America's top poets respond to questions by readers of poetry in this final blog for National Poetry Month 2014.

1. How hard should you work at a poem?

Alfred Corn (author of Unions):
Until the pleasure of working with it comes to a halt....

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Knighthood for Shakespeare

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 11:24 AM

April 23 marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. On his birthday, I call for a posthumous knighthood for the flower of the English language. I deliver five points for this below.

1. Why he deserves it:

The English language will be the most enduring monument to English history....

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5 Questions for Poets: Part 4

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 10:34 PM

In the 4th part of the National Poetry Month blog, I ask America's best poets to answer five more questions by readers of poetry.

1. April 23 is Shakespeare's 450th anniversary. If you went back in time and could ask him one question, what would that question be?

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5 Questions for Poets: Part 3

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 7:01 PM

For the third part in this series, some of America's top poets answer five more questions posed by readers of poetry for National Poetry Month.

1. How many of your poems do you throw away?

Alfred Corn (author of Unions, forthcoming in 2014):
Almost none. I'd...

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5 Questions for Poets: Part 2

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:37 PM

Last week, some of America's top poets answered five questions from a pool of questions offered by readers of poetry for National Poetry Month. In this second part of the series, our poets tackle five more of their questions.

1. What qualities or subject matter do you feel is...

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5 Questions for Poets: Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 3:02 PM

I have decided to celebrate National Poetry Month by submitting questions by readers of poetry to some of the top poets writing in America today. The following five questions come from a pool of over 30 questions offered to these magnificent authors.

1. Do the Internet and social media...

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When Vice Presidents Run for President

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 7:13 PM

I write this blog in reaction to a recent CNN blog titled, "Why Biden Won't Win." The article's main thesis is that vice presidents have a low success rate of winning an election, historically speaking. While true, this is a misleading statement, because of two important facts. First,...

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