The Subvocal Zoo

The Subvocal Zoo: Daniel Khalastchi and Justin Boening in the Landscape of Poetry

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


In episode 14, editor emeritus Justin Boening talks with Daniel Khalastchi in Los Angeles during the 2016 AWP Conference. Topics of discussion include teaching, mentoring and writing, publishing, humor and discomfort, how we make change.

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Daniel Khalastchi is the author of Tradition and Manoleria, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Prize. His poems have appeared in publications such as Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Iowa Review, jubilat, 1913: A Journal of Forms, and Best American Experimental Writing 2014. A former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Khalastchi is currently the associate director of the University of Iowa’s Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. He lives in Iowa City and is the co-founder and managing editor of Rescue Press.

Justin Boening is the winner of the National Poetry Series for his debut collection, Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last. He is also a recipient of a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, a Bucknell University Stadler Fellowship, and a Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship for his chapbook, Self-Portrait as Missing Person. Boening’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, Copper Nickel, Kenyon Review Online, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, and Narrative Magazine, among others. He’s a co-founding editor of Horsethief Books.

The next episode of The Subvocal Zoo will feature Alan Lau in conversation with J.W. Marshall.

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