‘Blog’ Category

Interview with SWP Poet Heather Derr-Smith

Interview with SWP Poet Heather Derr-Smith

Interview by Torrey Smith How do you begin a poem? I fall in love. With a person, a moment or memory, a place, or an idea. I fall in love with Camus or boxing or Sarajevo. I fall in love with a stranger and want to know/learn everything, their story, their gestures, their language. The […]

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Interview with John Goodhue

Interview with John Goodhue

 Many thanks to Katharine Hamill for letting us use the above image. Stories in the Fewest Possible Words Blog posts about poets should include poets of all types. Sometimes you read a poem with no context and you’re unsurprised that it’s written by one of the better-known contemporary poets. Then again, sometimes you love the work and […]

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AWP and other Spark News

It just hit me that AWP is next week. It seems to sneak up on me every year, and every year around this time, I start to panic. It’s not that we’re not ready. We’ve shipped the books, ordered and packed all the marketing materials, scheduled the reading and book signing, located the nearest liquor […]

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Interview with Steven D. Schroeder

Interview with Steven D. Schroeder

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”~Alice In Wonderland (1951) This blog post is dedicated to the first poet to […]

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Interview with Francesca Bell

Interview with Francesca Bell

Francesca Bell makes me blush. People wear clothing made of meat (or, you know, nothing but a wrecking ball) and makeup that makes them look like they lost a fight with a whomping willow. Let me tell you, that’s nothing. Francesca writes poems that evoke images and feelings that aren’t the kind of things you […]

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Interview with Tim Staley

Interview with Tim Staley

by Rylea Anderson   For all the toll the desert takes of a man it gives compensations, deep breaths, deep sleep, and the communion of the stars.” – Mary Austin As a former desert dweller, I have been fascinated with the desert since I was a little girl. Our spotlight poet this post, Tim Staley, […]

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Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? A Farewell.

Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? A Farewell.

Dear Wonderful Readers, My time here at burntdistrict and Sparkwheel Press has seemingly to come to an end. All this time, I’ve interviewed poets who have taught me about life, given me advice and book suggestions, and shown gratitude. But I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to really tell you about me. And […]

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Digging through Dirty Laundry

Digging through Dirty Laundry

This week our featured poet is Elizabeth Onusko. Her piece, “Case History,” is slightly longer, and so I’ll include a link here to my personal blog so you can read it (sidenote: I am not as emo as my profile picture portrays me to be. Do people use the word “emo” anymore?) “Case History” struck […]

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The Girl Who Played Fetch with Fire

The Girl Who Played Fetch with Fire

Hello again, beautiful readers. I need to get something out before I begin. Have any of you ever spent any time in a coffee shop in a “hip location” of Chicago? Because I thought this would be a good idea, but apparently any hip location is swarmed with starving artists ready to punch each other […]

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Writings from the F Train

Writings from the F Train

This week I got the chance to pick the brain of the wonderful poet, Jason Primm, on his poem “Flood” and other musings. Rather than type out the whole nearly two-page poem to you here, I’ve provided a link to it here on my own personal poetry blog and you should READ IT(!!!), which I […]

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