The Subvocal Zoo

The Subvocal Zoo: Adrienne Raphel & Margaret Ross – Shapes That Happen

Poetry Northwest‘s podcast series, The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets. Each episode features lively conversation between writers in a different location.

Episode 12 finds Adrienne Raphel and Margaret Ross in conversation, recorded in Los Angeles during the 2016 AWP Conference. Topics of discussion include: cross-hatching and quatrains; form as a question of realism; perfect pitch and poems; structuring a poem and a book; sound and sense.


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Adrienne Raphel is the author of What Was It For (2017, Rescue Press), winner of the Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize, and But What Will We Do (Seattle Review, 2016), winner of the Seattle Review Chapbook Contest. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker online, the Poetry Foundation, The Paris Review Daily, and Lana Turner Journal, among other publications. Raphel earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she is currently a PhD candidate in English at Harvard.

Margaret Ross’s first book, A Timeshare, was selected by Timothy Donnelly for the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize. She holds degrees from Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, the International Writing Program and Yale.

Thirsty for more? Read Adrienne Raphel’s “Confession” and Margaret Ross’ “Godwits Migrating.”

The next episode of The Subvocal Zoo will feature Cody Walker in conversation with Kevin Craft.

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