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“I don’t believe in rules or steps”: An Interview with Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw is a celebrated and highly accomplished author, winner of numerous awards in poetry, most recently the Whitbread Poetry Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize, her books include the poetry collection Minsk, The Casual Perfect, and the memoir The Importance of Music to Girls. Her newest, A Double Sorrow, revisits Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and… Continue reading “I don’t believe in rules or steps”: An Interview with Lavinia Greenlaw

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“I’m not a big believer in talent”: An Interview with Rick Bursky

As far as I can tell, Rick Bursky has done just about everything. No, really. This is a man who has almost as many scuba dives to his name as he does published poems (that would be 190 scuba dives versus 231 published poems, at last count). In case you’re feeling unaccomplished by comparison, don’t… Continue reading “I’m not a big believer in talent”: An Interview with Rick Bursky

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“Trains are actually great places to work”: An Interview with Matthew Thorburn

Matthew Thorburn’s A Green River in Spring is the winner of the 2014 Coal Hill Review Chapbook Prize. Inspired by various classical Japanese and Chinese poets, such as Wang Wei, many of the poems offer beautiful descriptions of nature: “The birds wing their way south. They take/ the sky with them, each black scrap” (from… Continue reading “Trains are actually great places to work”: An Interview with Matthew Thorburn

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“Sometimes, the someplace else is the goal”: An Interview with W.B. Belcher

Lay Down Your Weary Tune, W.B. Belcher’s debut novel just out January 2016 from Other Press, intrigued me from the title, both as a music lover and huge fan of Bob Dylan. Who doesn’t love this song? There book is chockful of nuggets for folk rock fans. Belcher tells the story of Jack Wyeth, a ghostwriter of the memoir of… Continue reading “Sometimes, the someplace else is the goal”: An Interview with W.B. Belcher

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“Savage, dangerous, and smelly”: An Interview with Dennis Mahoney

I don’t remember how I met Dennis Mahoney. One day, he wasn’t around; I knew of him only because we shared common Saint Rose blood (he was a communications major there, I am in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program). The next, I was having coffee with him at The Daily Grind, a little joint in… Continue reading “Savage, dangerous, and smelly”: An Interview with Dennis Mahoney

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“You make me so mad I want to punch babies”: An Interview with C.V. Hunt

This past summer, when I was taking breaks from saving the world from evil supervillains, I was stuck working a semi-desk job at my college fitness center, making sure that nobody would kill himself trying to be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger. For the most part, the job wasn’t bad; there was air conditioning, Wi-Fi, cable, a comfortable… Continue reading “You make me so mad I want to punch babies”: An Interview with C.V. Hunt

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“There is comfort in this orderliness”: An Interview with LB Thompson and Ellen Wiener

Pine Hills Review recently published "Enter Legend," an excerpt from Fibonacci Monstrosity by LB Thompson, paired with a detail from "Longhand Forest" by Ellen Wiener. The collaborative project sounded so interesting we though it would be a good idea to pass along some questions about it. Here are their answers. Can you explain the appeal of the Fibonacci?… Continue reading “There is comfort in this orderliness”: An Interview with LB Thompson and Ellen Wiener

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“I won’t make excuses for them, and I won’t make excuses for myself, either”: An Interview with Nickole Brown

Fanny Says, Nickole Brown's hilarious and touching poetry collection centering around her grandmother, is garnering all sorts of praise. Fanny Says, Julie Marie Wade writes in The Rumpus, "is in essence one long poem—138 pages—chambered like a heart and pumping language like blood to every stanza throughout this single, vital organ." In the Oxford American, Parneisha Jones writes… Continue reading “I won’t make excuses for them, and I won’t make excuses for myself, either”: An Interview with Nickole Brown