May 5th, 2014
George Singleton tells us about his new collection of short stories, Between Wrecks (Dzanc Books, May 2014) that hits bookshelves tomorrow. He's got all kinds of great things to say about Southern stereotypes, reality TV, hidden bourbon, and more. Read the interview here.
April 30th, 2014
Shelley Puhak is the author of Guinevere in Baltimore, selected by Charles Simic for the 2012 Anthony Hecht Prize. Her first collection, Stalin in Aruba, was awarded the Towson Prize for Literature. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including The Normal School, Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Carolina Quarterly, Kenyon Review Online, Missouri Review, and Ninth Letter. Read her interview with Stacey Balkun here.
April 1st, 2014
Jennifer Dean talks storytelling, horrible first workshops, and love with poet Andrew McFadyen Ketchum. Andrew's poems do more than simply tell stories; they sing them. Learn more about his debut collection Ghost Gear (University of Arkansas Press, 2014) and what he calls lyrical-narratives in this Normal interview.
February 5th, 2014
Robert Wrigley talks with Normal Editorial Intern Jennifer Dean about his new book, The Anatomy of Melancholy (Penguin 2013), and the essential foolishness of writing poetry. "It’s the lunatic difficulty of the art that addicts one to pursuing it. If it were easy, well, why would anyone do it? So, in a sense, writing poems at all is an essential foolishness. The key in that phrase, however, is the modifier. Essential. Once you’re committed to making poems, you will continue to be foolish." Check out the full interview.