In this month’s podcast, poet Stanley Plumly talks with contributing editor Maggie Smith about differences in writing poetry or prose, process and the importance of revision, and writing about Keats. Plumly also reads the poem “Dutch Elm” from his new book.
Stanley Plumly’s most recent book of poems is Orphan Hours (W.W. Norton, 2012). His collection, Old Heart, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography was runner-up for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Distinguished Biography. In 2015, his book of prose The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb won the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism, administered by the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. Plumly is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. In 2010 he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Maggie Smith is the author of Weep Up (Tupelo Press, forthcoming 2018); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press 2015), winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press 2005), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award; and three chapbooks, most recently Disasterology (Dream Horse Press 2016). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Smith is a freelance writer and editor, and she serves as a contributing editor to the Kenyon Review.