Questions and Answers with Jared Carter

North view of Jefferson Davis monument

In late 2001 I traveled to the town of Hopkinsville, in southwestern Kentucky, in order to give a poetry reading at the local community college.

The reading had been arranged by my friend Brett Ralph, the poet and singer, who was teaching at the college, and who is now a professor in the . . . → Read More: Questions and Answers with Jared Carter

Still Another Look at Jim Riley


It was called simply Indiana Writes. It was a literary journal founded on the radical but admirable belief that there were talented writers throughout the Hoosier State, and that it would find their work and publish it.

This was back in the 1970s, and although it appeared for only a few years, the magazine set . . . → Read More: Still Another Look at Jim Riley

The Walt Whitman Award: Looking Back


Different kinds of literary awards and prizes seem to be everywhere these days, but thirty years ago it was a different story. There were only a handful of prestigious awards for poetry back then – namely, the Pulitzer, the Bollingen, the National Book Award, the Yale Younger Poets prize, the Lamont, and the Walt . . . → Read More: The Walt Whitman Award: Looking Back

AWP Conference in Washington, DC


During the next couple of days I’ll be attending the annual conference of AWP – Associated Writing Programs – in Washington, DC, at the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotels. 

There will be a gazillion panel discussions, workshops, and readings – all quite worthy, I’m sure.  I’m scheduled to participate in a discussion . . . → Read More: AWP Conference in Washington, DC

Return to Paradise Valley


Poetry from Paradise Valley. Edited by Edward Byrne. San Antonio: Pecan Grove Press, 2009. 134 pp. $15. ISBN 978-1-931247-86-3. 

No, this Paradise Valley is not an old Gary Cooper movie, nor is it a retirement village in Arizona. Instead, it’s a handsome new print anthology of contemporary poetry – work selected from among poems . . . → Read More: Return to Paradise Valley

A Mississinewa Novel?


“The total effect of Carter’s narratives and lyrics is the sense . . . that underlying these two books is a kind of ‘Mississinewa novel,’ a long and continuous story to which the scraps of narrative contribute and give historical depth.”  

This possibility was introduced in Timothy J. Deines’s thesis, “The Gleaning: Regionalism, Form, . . . → Read More: A Mississinewa Novel?

On the Poets of Pittsburgh

Jack Gilbert

If you’re concerned about the Steelers facing the Ravens in the playoffs this year, here’s a little non sequitur to take your mind off the perils ahead. Who is the greatest poet ever to come out of Pittsburgh?

We already know the Ravens owe a tip of the helmet to Edgar Allan Poe for . . . → Read More: On the Poets of Pittsburgh

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