Lisa Olstein

Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Little Stranger (Copper Canyon Press, 2013) and Late Empire (forthcoming in 2017). Her chapbook, The Resemblance of the Enzymes of Grasses to those of Whales Is a Family Resemblance, was a winner of the 2015 Essay Press Prize and will be released in fall 2016. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Lannan Writing Residency, and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Centrum, she is a member of the poetry faculty for the University of Texas at Austin’s New Writers Project and Michener Center for Writers.


This Is What I Would Say if My Own Experience Had Happened to Me – A Micro-Interview with Sally Ball – curated by Lisa Olstein

Sally Ball is the author of three poetry collections: Hold Sway (Barrow Street, 2019), Wreck Me (Barrow Street Press, 2013), and Annus Mirabilis (Barrow Street Press, 2005). The recipient of fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the James Merrill House, and the Ucross Foundation, among others, […]


The Way a Map Is a Unit of Time: A Micro-interview with Traci Brimall – curated by Lisa Olstein

Traci Brimhall is the author of four collections of poetry: Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon Press, 2020); Saudade (Copper Canyon Press, 2017); Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), selected by Michelle […]


An Extravagant Permission: A Micro-Interview with Chad Bennett – curated by Lisa Olstein

Chad Bennett is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in English from Cornell University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a B.A. in English from Stanford University. He is the author of Word of […]


“Built a Fire, Did a Little Magic”: A Micro-(inter)-view with Timothy Donnelly – curated by Lisa Olstein

Timothy Donnelly is the author of The Problem of the Many (Wave Books, 2019), The Cloud Corporation (Wave Books, 2010), which won the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003). His chapbook Hymn to Life was recently published by Factory Hollow […]


“The Book Made Me As I Made It”: A Micro(inter)view with Allison Cobb & a Folio of New Poems – curated by Lisa Olstein

Allison Cobb is the author of After We All Died (Ahsahta Press); Plastic: an autobiography (Essay Press EP series); Born2 (Chax Press); and Green-Wood, originally published by Factory School with a new edition in 2018 from Nightboat Books. Cobb’s work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, and many other journals. She was a finalist for the […]


Disrupt and Disremember: A Micro(inter)view with B.K. Fischer – curated by Lisa Olstein

BK Fischer is the author of four books of poetry—My Lover’s Discourse (Tinderbox, 2018), Radioapocrypha (Mad Creek, 2018), St. Rage’s Vault (The Word Works, 2013), and Mutiny Gallery (Truman State, 2011)—as well as a critical study, Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry (Routledge, 2006). Her poems and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, […]


“‘An Unimaginable Place’: A Conversation with Cynthia Arrieu-King & a Folio of Poems” – curated by Lisa Olstein

Cynthia Arrieu-King is associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus 2010) and Manifest, selected for the Gatewood Prize by Harryette Mullen (Switchback Books 2013). Her poetry book Futureless Languages (Radiator Press 2018) and Continuity […]


“Each time the light changed”: A Micro(inter)view with Jennifer Chang, curated by Lisa Olstein

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, which was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, and A Public Space, and she […]


Strange Lights: A Micro(inter)view with Matthew Rohrer & a Portfolio of New Poems, curated by Lisa Olstein

Matthew Rohrer’s poetry collections include Surrounded by Friends (Wave Books, 2015), Destroyer and Preserver (Wave Books, 2011), A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Rise Up (Wave Books, 2007), A Green Light (Verse Press, 2004), Satellite (Wave Books, 2001), and A Hummock in the Malookas (W. W. Norton, 1995), which was selected by Mary Oliver for the 1994 National Poetry Series. With Joshua Beckman, he […]


“Most Difficult and Most Necessary”: A Micro(inter)view with Julie Carr & a Portfolio of New Poems – curated by Lisa Olstein

Julie Carr’s first collection of poetry, Mead: An Epithalamion (University of Georgia Press, 2004) was selected by Cole Swensen for the University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Prize. Her other collections include Sarah — of Fragments and Lines (Coffee House Press, 2010), a National Poetry Series winner; 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta Press, 2010), selected by Rae […]