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Summer & Fall 2014: The Social Media Issue

July 3, 2014 – 10:18 am |

Dear Readers, Good news! The  Summer-Fall issue* is now available, and we’re excited to see it debut. We call this one The Social Media Issue. Yes, we’ve decided to devote an entire issue to exploring the ways and means …

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Interview // Bob Hicok

December 21, 2014 – 8:05 am |

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | Contributing Writer

Bob Hicok was born in 1960 in Michigan and worked for many years in the automotive die industry. A published poet long before he earned his MFA, Hicok is the author of several collections of poems, including The Legend of Light, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry in 1995 and named a 1997 ALA Booklist Notable Book of the Year; Plus Shipping (1998); Animal Soul (2001), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Insomnia Diary (2004); This Clumsy Living (2007), which received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress; Words for Empty, Words for Full (2010); and Elegy Owed (2013), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has been selected numerous times for the Best American Poetry series. Hicok has won Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has taught creative writing at Western Michigan University and Virginia Tech.

 

Read Hicok’s “Isn’t physics fun?” on the Poetry Northwest website and find more of his work in the Summer & Fall 2014 print issue and online here

When did you first start writing poems?

I was 20. My girlfriend broke up with me. (A moment of sadness, please.) I stopped at a drug store and bought a pad. Though what I scribbled was more of a song than a poem. More of a thrash than a song.

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Afterwords // Patricia Lockwood: The Hour of Bewilderment

November 6, 2014 – 11:33 am |

By Elizabeth Cooperman and Matthew Kelsey
On July 10, 2014, Patricia Lockwood read at Seattle’s Elliot Bay Book Company from her most recent book of poems, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals. The room–a book-lined basement annex with a …

The Subvocal Zoo: Episode 5 – Robert Hass

November 1, 2014 – 8:00 am |

Poetry Northwest‘s monthly podcast series, The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets during the 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle. Each episode will feature lively …

Afterwords // Kay Ryan: All Your Flamingos

October 16, 2014 – 8:11 am | One Comment

By Jack Chelgren | Special Projects Intern
 
When Tree Swenson, the executive director of Hugo House, introduced Kay Ryan for a lecture on rhyme last week, she noted the delightful sense of “hidden treasure” lurking in …

In Memory of Carolyn Kizer

October 11, 2014 – 8:45 pm | One Comment

We learn this weekend the sad news that Carolyn Kizer, a founding editor of Poetry Northwest, has passed away.
She touched many lives as a poet, mentor and friend, and we’d like to share with you …

Scott Condon: Notes on Rae Armantrout’s Poem “Thrown”

September 30, 2014 – 8:00 am |

By Scott Condon | Contributing Writer

The title of Rae Armantrout’s poem “Thrown” immediately brings to mind philosopher Martin Heidegger’s notion that human life is thrown into the world. This concept plays a key role in …

Interview // Joanna Klink

September 28, 2014 – 11:57 pm |

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | Contributing Writer
 

Joanna Klink earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from The Johns Hopkins University. Her collections of poetry include They Are Sleeping (2000), Circadian (2007), and Raptus (2010). Her new book, Excerpts from a …

Seattle’s Favorite Poems – Thursday, 9/18, 7:30 pm

September 5, 2014 – 1:50 pm |

Seattle’s Favorite Poems with Robert Pinsky – Free Event!
THU, SEP 18, 2014, 7:30 PM Town Hall Seattle
Celebrate beloved poems with other local poetry lovers in this special event, which is free and open to the …

Margin Call – printer’s error in current issue

August 19, 2014 – 12:21 pm |

A Note to Readers & Subscribers:
We recently discovered, after mailing and distribution of the current issue (Volume 9, Number 1 – aka The Social Media Issue) that an uncertain number of copies contain a substantial printer’s …

The Triggering Town Review

August 19, 2014 – 9:14 am |

Please join us with Ed Skoog and friends for a certain-to-be-memorable two-evening run of poetry, music and performance!
Where, Now? The Hugo House Theater in Seattle.
When, You Ask? This weekend only. Friday August 22 and Saturday …

Interview // Cathy Park Hong

June 17, 2014 – 11:15 am |

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | Contributing Writer
Cathy Park Hong‘s first book, Translating Mo’um was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in …