Interviews

Joanna Klink on Recent Projects

There is always chatter… I want to be able to listen, to be receptive. In the midst of mayhem. This conversation was conducted by Rae Gouirand through email over a period of about five weeks stretching between late July and early September 2015. RG: How is your life as a poet centered right now, in the second half of 2015? […]

Time’s Way of Thinking: An Interview with Alice Fulton

Alice Fulton on Recent Projects

Rather than “make it new,” my credo might be “make it strange.” This conversation was conducted by Rae Gouirand through email over a long weekend in October 2015. RG: How are you doing these days? Where is your attention being drawn, in life or on the page? AF: Things are never perfect, but I’m in a steady state and doing […]

An Interview with Michael S. Begnal

Michael Begnal on Recent Projects

At the time that I lived there, Ireland was just about at the crest of that economic wave, and sometimes those contradictions resulted in thinking or behavior that was pretty strange. And in response my poems, in form and often in content, often took a position of critique, or an argument for an alternative set of values, or on the […]

My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits: Kim Addonizio & Charles Jones

On My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits by Kim Addonizio & Charles Jones

This special feature includes poems, artwork, and an interview.

An Interview with Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky on Recent Projects

It’s the wide range of readers and voices—famous poets and high school kids, trolls and scholars, churls and mensches, with insight and blather—that appeals to me. This interview is a follow-up to our 2011 interview, in which we discussed the author’s long-standing work at Slate. It’s a pleasure to speak with you again, Robert! Since we last talked, the “Classic […]

Here the Branches Root – An Interview with Austrian Poet Helwig Brunner

Here the Branches Root: Austrian Poet Helwig Brunner

Helwig Brunner holds degrees in classical music and biology. His work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies in Europe and elsewhere (e.g. New European Poets, Graywolf Press, 2008; Four Way Review, No Man’s Land, and The Adirondack Review). Brunner has published nine books of poetry (most recently Die Sicht der Dinge: Rätselgedichte, edition keiper, 2012) and some […]

An Interview with Julian Peters

An Interview with Julian Peters

How did your interests in poetry and comic book art come together? Did you grow up reading comics? My interest in combining comics and poetry began in my early twenties when I conceived the idea of creating a biography of Arthur Rimbaud in comics. This was soon after my discovery of poetry, but as for comics, I had been a […]

My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits: Kim Addonizio & Charles Jones

On My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits by Kim Addonizio & Charles Jones

The California Journal of Poetics had the recent pleasure of discussing the dynamic artistic collaboration My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits with its creators, poet and musician Kim Addonizio and musician and printmaker/artist Charles Jones. We invite you to enjoy this glimpse into their creative processes and what inspired them to make this journey together, as well as a […]

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. […]

An Interview with Jeffrey McDaniel

An Interview with Jeffrey McDaniel

Jeffrey McDaniel has a fifth book of poetry due out soon, entitled Chapel of Inadvertent Joy. In it he draws inspiration from Marina Tsvetaeva. He recently took a little time to discuss his poetry with the California Journal of Poetics.   At readings you’ve mentioned a childhood friend from Philadelphia who inspired dark persona poems that tackle drug use and run-ins with […]

“Perfume Bottles Momentarily Unstopped”: A Perspective on Two Collections of Interviews

“Perfume Bottles Momentarily Unstopped”: A Perspective on Two Collections of Interviews

One hopes that in this new age, interviewers and editors continue to value the in-person, in-home interview, though they are out of vogue and more difficult to schedule and execute.     Tony Leuzzi’s Passwords Primeval: American Poets in Their Own Words (BOA Editions, NY 2012) is a collection of interviews with a wide range of poets (Dorianne Laux, Gary […]

An Interview with Poet & Artist Bianca Stone

An Interview with Poet & Artist Bianca Stone

It’s just what Stein was talking about: letting images (just as words) go where they want. It’s about allowing imagination into your process.   Bianca Stone is the author of several poetry chapbooks, including I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press) and I Saw The Devil With HIs Needlework (Argos Books). She is also illustrator of Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson (New Directions). Her […]