Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Jamie Crepeau: I work full time as a machinist and I have been writing poetry seriously for the past five years. I have had poems published in the literary magazines Freshwater, Helix, and Fresh Ink. I like to write about many different topics and make people think.
I wanted to write a poem that describes good poetry in a creative and unusual way. I like to use imagery, sound, and similes and metaphors to create strong poems.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Grant Clauser is the author of Necessary Myths (Broadkill River Press 2013) and The Trouble with Rivers (Foothills Publishing 2012). Poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Good Men Project, Painted Bride Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review and others. He writes about electronics, teaches poetry at random places and chases trout with a stick. www.uniambic.com
“Snipe Hunter” comes from an experience as a Boy Scout when I was a kid. It’s one of those tricks older kids play on younger kids, is slightly cruel and also foreshadows knowledge we come around to as adults.
Friday, May 6, 2016
Steven Carrelli is a visual artist and writer living in Chicago. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited widely in the United States in solo and group exhibitions, and they have appeared in regional and national publications. He teaches at DePaul University in the Department of Art, Media and Design.
A few words about the poem:
“Among the Living” was inspired by the memory of the sudden illness and death of a great and very dear friend, Marshall Patner (1931-2000). Written 15 years after his death, it is a testament to the vitality of his presence, which continues to be startlingly great. I count him among the living.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Stacey Balkun is the author of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak and Lost City Museum. Her work has appeared or will appear in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bodega, and others. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in- Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. She writes for www.tcjww.org.
A few words about the work:
My current project explores the work and lives of female surrealists who have been overlooked by history. “1955” is inspired by the biography of American painter Kay Sage and is specifically about the year her husband died unexpectedly. Because painters like Sage have been left out of the history books and exhibits, my hope is that this project will allow readers learn about and connect with these artists in a new way.
Image from Wikipedia:Le Passage, Kay Sage