Award-Giving (2)

Earlier this week at Ploughshares, Rebecca Makkai posted a gleeful, stinging send-up of the social media habits of “Todd Manly-Krauss, the world’s most irritating writer.” Todd humblebrags his way through Facebook posts like “I am exhausted but exhilarated from this…

Award-Giving (1)

Like many writers, I feel ambivalent about promoting my own work. I’d rather be reading somebody else’s—or writing new writing, becoming another somebody else, myself. And though I’m typically beyond thrilled to hear about my friends’ successes (“I’m beyond thrilled to…

Rogue Shop

The other day the poet Michael Loughran took me to a secret location—well, we had a little trouble finding it—to talk about my latest book, Century Swept Brutal, with a group known as the Rogue Workshop. The Rogues started after…

MFA vs. Banana

Would you like to attend a parade in honor of chapbooks this weekend? If you are near Amherst, MA, you can do so as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the…

The Project of Response

Last April, I wrote a series of poetry reviews for KR’s blog. The first focused on Jena Osman’s Public Figures (Wesleyan, 2012), an exploration of citizenship, surveillance, and “public invisibility” in the age of drones. Osman’s book extends from a novel…

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