Interview with Molly Antopol
There’s this line in “My Grandmother Tells Me a Story” in which the grandmother says something like, why don’t you go out and enjoy yourself rather than asking questions about things that have nothing to do with you? These horrible things happened before you were born. And I feel like that was a line that, as soon as I wrote it, I was like, oh, this is what this book is really about. In a lot of ways, it’s my anxiety about why I’m so obsessed with these really dark moments of the past and why I’m so interested in talking to the older generations of my family about things they might not want to look at or might not want to talk about. Read the whole interview here.
Cynthia Robinson’s Birds of Wonder
We’re pleased to announce that Bayou author, Cynthia Robinson, has a new book out, Birds of Wonder.
“Tense, intelligent, and richly-textured, Birds of Wonder explores the darkest corridors of human nature. Robinson’s vivid characters are made vulnerable by desire: for art, for connection, for escape. This is an absorbing story of a community and the forces that threaten it.”
—Kirstin Valdez Quade, 5 Under 35 author of Night at the Fiestas
Read “Watch” by Cynthia Robinson, which appeared in Issue 68 here.
Interview with Clint Smith
“The fact that people think there is a material difference [between publishing in a peer-reviewed academic journal and performing a poem at an open mic] reflects deeply internalized assumptions about what constitutes a legitimate intellectual production, which is often laden with racism and classism. In much of my work, whether as a poet or a scholar, I’m tackling some of the same questions, simply in different ways.”
Read the full interview here.