Contributor Interview: Jeannine Hall Gailey

April 15, 2016

Jeannine Hall Gailey served as Redmond, Washington’s second Poet Laureate. She’s the author of five books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World, Unexplained Fevers, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, and the upcoming Field Guide to the End of the World, winner of the Moon City Press Book Prize. Jeannine’s poem, “Introduction to the Parables of Jesus,” appears in Issue Six of The …

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What to Read: For People Who Work on Literary Magazines, and People Who Want To

April 14, 2016
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Working on a literary magazine is an inconsistent effort. I have found that, in my role as the editor of The Cossack Review—I am the nonfiction editor, and also the editor, generally, the person who started this magazine—there are days and weeks full of busywork, envelope-stuffing, website-making, and tedium so repetitive that I can’t think of a good way to describe them, other than maybe “brain salad.” There are …

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Joseph Massey: Contributor Interview

April 13, 2016

Joseph Massey is the author of Areas of Fog (Shearsman Books, 2009), At the Point (Shearsman Books, 2011), To Keep Time (Omnidawn, 2014), and Illocality (Wave Books, 2015). He lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts. His poem “Garden Level” appears in Issue Six. Read the poem in the sample PDF of Issue Six here.   TCR: What was the last book you abandoned, and why?   Joseph …

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Mark Brazaitis – Contributor Interview

April 9, 2016

Mark Brazaitis is the author of seven books, including The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize and the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose, and Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award. His latest book,Truth Poker: Stories, won the 2014 Autumn …

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Interview with Akua Lezli Hope

April 4, 2016

Akua Lezli Hope is a creator who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, and metal, to create poems, patterns, stories, music, ornaments, adornments and peace whenever possible. A third generation New Yorker, she has won fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Ragdale, Hurston Wright writers, and the National Endowment for The Arts. She is a Cave Canem fellow. Her manuscript, Them Gone, won …

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Read This: #OscarsSoWhite edition

February 23, 2016

Whether or not you are gearing up to watch the Oscars broadcast this weekend, you should take time this week to read some of A. Van Jordan’s poems on film from The Cineaste. The Academy of American Poets site has one on Old Boy, a movie I hope I will never have to watch again, and another on Un Chien Andalou, a film some students couldn’t believe I …

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Read This: Witchcraft Edition

February 16, 2016

A few weeks ago, the United States Preventive Services Task Force released new recommendations for screening women for postpartum depression and other mental health issues. Maybe it’s old news by now, but if you haven’t read about it, see this article. It’s important stuff. Then read this weird poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, “The Changeling,” based on the true story of a woman accused three …

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Read This, Not That!: Gridiron Edition

February 5, 2016

Maybe you’d like an excuse to eat delicious snacks this weekend, but you don’t need to watch or read about the Super Bowl. There are plenty of other things to do while you eat your queso dip. Dave Zirin has a wealth of “counter-programming” for you, including an interview with Oakland resident Davey D on the divide between Bay Area residents and football visitors and a podcast, …

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“69 Hidebound Opinions”

January 25, 2016

These quotes come from C.D. Wright’s essay “69 Hidebound Opinions, Propositions, and Several Asides from a Manila Folder Concerning the Stuff of Poetry,” which you can (and should!) read in the anthology By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry. Asked informally “What’s a young poet to do,” Robert Creeley proposed, “form a company.” He meant start something: a magazine, a book press, go on-line; publish yourselves. One outfit flies …

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Read This, Not That!: Please Don’t Call It Poetry Edition

January 22, 2016

A certain lipstick pig has reappeared in the news this week.                   I can’t bring myself to listen to much of her speech, much less read the transcript. She seems to be intent on ruining rhyme for everyone else. And repetition. And possibly the entire English language. Luckily, there is another pig you can read about, a Weird …

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