In this month’s podcast, poet Linda Gregerson talks with KR book review editor Corey Van Landingham about revisiting Ovid, throwing her voice, and poems that remain open to interference.
Linda Gregerson is the author of six collections of poetry and two volumes of criticism. Her second poetry collection, The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize and The Poets Prize; her third, Waterborne, won the 2003 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; her fourth, Magnetic North, was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award; and her most recent, Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015. Gregerson’s essays on lyric poetry and Renaissance literature appear in leading journals and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. Her study of Renaissance literature, The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1995, and Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry appeared from the University of Michigan Press in 2001. Gregerson is also the editor, with Susan Juster, of Empires of God: Religious Encounters in the Early Modern Atlantic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). Gregerson’s many honors include awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Poetry Society of America, the Modern Poetry Association, and the International Spenser Society, and grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. She is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Michigan, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Corey Van Landingham is the author of Antidote, winner of the 2012 The Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. A recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and a former Wallace Stegner Poetry Fellow at Stanford University, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2014, Boston Review, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She was the 2015-2016 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, and will begin a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati this fall.