Saturday, August 19, 2006


An interview with Allyssa Wolf is just the 24th in a series all about the impact of first books. Others interviews in the series include

Andrea Baker
Jen Benka
Simmons B. Buntin
Victoria Chang
Shanna Compton
Brenda Coultas
Brent Cunningham
Lara Glenum
Geraldine Kim
Amy King
Aaron Kunin
Frannie Lindsay
Rebecca Loudon
Raymond McDaniel
Juliet Patterson
Laura Sims
Stacy Szymaszek
Brian Teare
Matthew Thorburn
Tony Tost
Jen Tynes
Stephanie Young

If you’ve never published a book & are about to or just want to, this is must read stuff. Kate Greenstreet deserves a big round of applause.

This isn’t the only good series of interviews of poets, particularly younger ones who have not yet been given nearly as much attention as they deserve, that has been popping up on the web of late. Tom Beckett’s blog, e-x-c-h-a-n-g-e v-a-l-u-e-s, has ten interviews, including a second one with Shanna Compton, and one of Geof Huth co-conducted by Crag Hill & yours truly. Here Comes Everybody finally stopped after it had something like 130 interviews, including some folks on Greenstreet’s list (plus Kate herself) and some, like Mike Farrell, on Beckett’s. Ray Bianchi’s Chicago Postmodern Poetry site also has over 100 interviews, adding two a month or so two its list. One of these was given by Robert Creeley just one month before he died. John Tranter’s e-journal, Jacket, has published some 70. Another e-zine, The Argoist, has published 17, including a conversation between Joanne Kyger & Simon Pettet. And, of course, The Paris Review, the hardcopy journal that can claim to have invented the modern literary interview format before the journal lost its soul a few decades back, is attempting to bring as many of its interviews online in PDF formats as they can obtain permissions for, a prickly problem with so many of their eminences having now gone where even email cannot reach.


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