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Video Reading Series: October 2015 Edition

Anis Shivani | Posted 10.23.2016 | Home
Anis Shivani

In this edition of the video reading series, some of the best poets today reading their most innovative work, accompanied by some thoughts about why their wrote their new poetry books and what their poetic process is.

New Books of Note: September 4, 2015 Edition

Anis Shivani | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home
Anis Shivani

I have been full of anticipation for this essential biography of one of the most colorful men of letters of the second half of the twentieth century: Vidal lived the kind of explosive, interconnected, indispensable literary life--without which the shape of American letters would have been different--that feels altogether extinct now.

Emerging Poet Interview: Louise Mathias, Author of "The Traps"

Anis Shivani | Posted 07.14.2013 | Home
Anis Shivani

"I feel kinship to many different writers for many different reasons -- I aim for (though I'm sure I don't always attain) the musicality of John Taggart, the compression and rapid tonal swerve of Graham Foust's early work, the biting quality and earthiness of Selima Hill..."

The Truth About Sex and Poetry: Interview With Alex Dimitrov, Author of Begging For It

Anis Shivani | Posted 07.06.2013 | Home
Anis Shivani

In his debut collectionBegging for It, Alex Dimitrov gives expression to a voice that is strong, insistent, sensual, passionate, and wounded

National Poetry Month Emerging Poet Spotlight: Interview with Lynn Xu, Author of Debts and Lessons

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.15.2013 | Home
Anis Shivani

Lynn Xu's debut book of poetry, Debts & Lessons, has just appeared (April 1) from the always terrific Omnidawn Publishing.

Marcel Proust's Guide to Infinity

John Hennessy | Posted 06.03.2013 | Home
John Hennessy

The fact of Proust's poems will be news to many, the number and quality of them yet another surprise. Astonishing to virtually all of us, though, comes the revelation that Proust spent much of his life trying to decide whether he was a poet or a prose writer.

Interview with Poet Ryan G. Van Cleave: A New Anthology of Chicago Poetry

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.01.2012 | Home
Anis Shivani

I was really excited recently to get a copy of Ryan G. Van Cleave's City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, one of the most dynamic and cohesive anthologies to come to my attention recently.