Articles by: Carrie MonizCarrie Moniz
Carrie Moniz is a poet and artist from the San Franscisco Bay area. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Ploughshares; Superstition Review; Yellow Medicine Review; Suisun Valley Review; Third Wednesday; Corium Magazine; An Island of Egrets Haiku Anthology; A Year In Ink, Vol. 4; San Diego Poetry Annual; and Web del Sol Review of books, among others. When she isn't writing, editing, or tutoring children in English and math, she works as an interior designer. She divides her time between the Bay Area and San Diego.

Kim Addonizio & Charles Jones “Sing” the Blues

Kim Addonizio & Charles Jones “Sing” the Blues

  Award-winning Bay Area poet Kim Addonizio, author or co-author of more than ten poetry collections, novels, guides to writing, anthologies, and musical collaborations (and known to play a mean mouth harp), has joined creative forces with artist, printmaker, writer, and musician Charles Jones on a stunning collection of poems and woodcuts titled My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits. […]

Po-Chop: Gabrielle Calvocoressi: The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart

Po-Chop: Gabrielle Calvocoressi: The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart

“Because it’s always like that. One day, walking through a room, you realize what you were holding is gone and you can’t find it, even when you get down on your knees.” These lines appear in part five of the ten part title sequence, which depicts the profound sense of loss and confusion widely experienced after Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. Each […]

Two Voices of Poetry Parnassus and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Two Voices of Poetry Parnassus and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad

As part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, which begins today, Tuesday, June 26th and ends on Sunday, July 1st, London’s Southbank Centre is organizing Poetry Parnassus—an international poetry event in the spirit of the ancient Olympic Games. Poets and spoken word artists nominated to represent each of the 204 countries participating in the Summer Olympics (through a system of public […]

Update: A Place to Stand: Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Docu-Memoir is Scheduled for Release Next Spring

Update: A Place to Stand: Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Docu-Memoir is Scheduled for Release Next Spring

“I was a witness not a victim … My job was to witness and record the ‘it’ of their lives, to celebrate those who don’t have a place in this world to stand and call home … My role as a witness is to give voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless, of which I am one.” —Jimmy […]

The Alchemist’s Kitchen by Susan Rich

The Alchemist’s Kitchen by Susan Rich

The beauty and musicality of the English language cannot be overlooked in Susan Rich’s third book, The Alchemist’s Kitchen (a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year). She invents new forms and reinvents the tried and true, exploring every device and tool with a keen ear and deft tongue.   Rich begins her […]

Po-Chop: G.C. Waldrep & John Gallaher: A Short History of Friendship

Po-Chop: G.C. Waldrep & John Gallaher: A Short History of Friendship

  “…what looked like / part of the performance / was often just a lightning bug, or a planet / a chip of mica in the road. We clapped anyway.” Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (Boa Editions, Ltd. 2011), a tremendous collection of collaborative poetry by G.C. Waldrep and John Gallaher, is electrified by lines such as these […]

Close Read: Lucille Clifton’s “poem to my uterus”

Close Read: Lucille Clifton’s “poem to my uterus”

  Read the poem first in Persimmon Tree Magazine. Lucille Clifton’s battles with cancer, along with the experiences that come with being a woman and a mother, inspired and perhaps necessitated an intimate dialogue with her body. Through this dialogue she is able to ask questions, articulate emotions, mourn, and celebrate the changes that come with time. Her body-language is […]

Po-Chop: Katherine Larson: Risk

Po-Chop: Katherine Larson: Risk

“I unroll into a grub. A grub with the mind of a girl, a girl with the lips of an insect”   Even metamorphosis is transformed in Katherine Larson’s first book, Radial Symmetry, which was chosen by Louise Glück for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The lines above come from a dream poem titled “Risk,” in which the speaker […]

An Interview with Gabrielle Calvocoressi

An Interview with Gabrielle Calvocoressi

I’m interested in how the body reacts to the rug constantly being pulled out from under it.   Welcome, Gaby, to The California Journal of Poetics. Thank you for taking time out of your grueling schedule to share the world of your poetry with us.  You have a remarkable way of tapping into the lives and psyches of others. In […]

Zephyr by Susan Browne

Zephyr by Susan Browne

What does it mean to write poems about love, mortality, and sadness in the beginning of the 21st Century? How does a poet go about tackling such dead horses in ways that make them wildly hysterical, unbearably familiar, and jaw-droppingly outrageous? Susan Browne’s prize-winning second collection Zephyr slaps the dead horses to life and rides them through the fairytale land […]

Susan Browne, on Her Award-Winning Book, Zephyr

Susan Browne, on Her Award-Winning Book, Zephyr

I recommend walking in nature every day to get beyond the usual self, the societal self, and meet up with the speaker who is more truly you.   First of all, I would like to congratulate you on the publication of your second book, Zephyr, and on its being chosen as the Editor’s Choice for the 2009 Steel Toe Books […]


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