Letter from a Young Poet

Interview with Ron Egatz: Poet, Designer, and Publisher

By The Editors on 2.26.10

On Letter from a Young Poet (the fledgling Poems Out Loud interview series), we now hear from Ron Egatz: poet, designer, and founder of Camber Press. Ron is also currently being filmed for a documentary on the state of contemporary American poetry. Listen to Ron read one of his recent poems, “Post-Eisenhower Nourishment”, and then check out the smart things he has to say about lucid poetry, the effects of his homemade popcorn on women, and so on.

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Interview with Cynthia Cruz, Professor and Poet

By The Editors on 11.23.09

Letter from a Young Poet” is an ongoing series from Poems Out Loud which aims to chronicle the experiences and insights of young poets as they find out what it means to call oneself a writer: from contests and rejections, to themes and obsessions, to what bids each of them to write. Now we bring you the third installment of the series featuring Cynthia Cruz, a professor at Sarah Lawrence College and the Julliard School.

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Interview with Malachi Black, Young Poet and Editor

By The Editors on 10.16.09

Just over two weeks ago we started a new series on Poems Out Loud called “Letter from a Young Poet” which aims to chronicle the experiences and insights of young poets as they find out what it means to call oneself a writer: from contests and rejections, to themes and obsessions, to what bids each of them to write. Now we are happy to bring you the second installment of the series in which we chat with Malachi Black, a recent winner of the 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship.

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Interview with Michael Rutherglen, Young Ambitious Poet

By The Editors on 9.28.09

Rainer Maria Rilke told the young poet “search for the reason that bids you write.” Now more than ever, writers must take this charge upon themselves. Dana Gioia asked, “can poetry matter?” and the hesitant response from those concerned, calling from the last century to this one, was we certainly hope so.

This interview is the first entry in a new topic we are starting on Poems Out Loud that we are calling “Letter from a Young Poet” in which we will chronicle the experiences and insights of young poets as they find out what it means to call oneself a writer: from contests and rejections, to themes and obsessions, to what bids each of them to write.

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