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An Interview With Christine Redman-Waldeyer by Carol Smallwood

Christine Redman-Waldeyer is a poet and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Passaic County Community College in New Jersey. She has published three poetry collections, “Frame by Frame”, “Gravel”, and “Eve Asks” (all with Muse-Pie Press) and has appeared in Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Texas Review, Verse Wisconsin, and others. Her latest credit includes Writing After Retirement: Tips from Successful Retired Writers (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) which she co-edited. Redman-Waldeyer founded Adanna, a literary journal that focuses on women’s topics. http://adannajournal.blogspot.com

Please describe your website and your duties as editor/writer.

In 2008 my youngest son was born. I

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Poetry & Baking: A Conversation with Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. She is the author of several books of poetry and nonfiction including, the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010), a novel-in-poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012), based on the life and work of Weldon Kees. Her most recent book is the novel O, Democracy! (Fifth Star Press, 2014).

I met Rooney as a grad student at DePaul University—where she

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An Interview With John Thomas Allen by Cooper Renner

Poet John Thomas Allen is the editor of the newly released anthology, Nouveau’s Midnight Sun: Transcriptions from Golgonooza and Beyond (Ravenna Press, 2014).

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An Interview With Adam Berlin by Sara Whitestone

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Adam Berlin is the author of the novels The Number of Missing (Spuyten Duyvil), the boxing novel Both Members of the Club (Texas Review Press/winner of the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize), Belmondo Style (St. Martin’s Press/winner of The Publishing Triangle’s Ferro-Grumley Award) andHeadlock (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill). His stories and poetry have appeared in numerous journals. He teaches writing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and co-edits J Journal: New Writing on Justice. For more, please visit adamberlin.com

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An Interview with Noah Cicero by Caleb Hildenbrandt

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Lazy Fascist Press has recently published the second and final volume of Noah Cicero’s Collected Works, so I took the opportunity to ask him some questions about it.

Caleb Hildenbrandt: Your work is intensely autobiographical, and The Collected Works Vol. II, particularly the main novella in it, The Insurgent, seems to be no exception–the protagonist lives in Youngstown, like you have, and even works as a dishwasher, like you have, and expounds on the deadening influence of American culture, like you have. But his name is Vasily and he’s a Russian immigrant who got shot in the leg climbing over

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An Interview with Mike Joyce and Scott Waldyn by Melissa Huedem

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Mike Joyce is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Literary Orphans Journal, a digital writing and art rag with a punk rock aesthetic. The journal has published over 400 contributors within 2 hard and fast years. The writers featured in the binary pages come from pedigrees like The New Yorker and The Paris Review, to writers that have never had an audience besides their mothers. Mike keeps the journal’s mission to examine the liminal space between analog and digital close to his heart in his own writing, which has been featured in JMWW, Connotation Press, DOGZPLOT, Right Hand Pointing, Menacing Hedge,

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An Interview With Ben Moeller-Gaa by Kristina Marie Darling

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Q: What first drew you to haiku?

It was the clarity of them. While buried in the Cantos and The Wasteland as an undergrad in the Creative Writing Program at Knox College, they were a huge breath of fresh air. I was also in the midst of an intense Advanced Poetry Workshop where every word, line break, and image was questioned, poked and prodded which was giving me a bit of a fit. I was getting lost in my own verse. Looking at haiku, specifically the book The Essential Haiku, which is a collection of Basho, Buson, and Issa,

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Niceties: Aural Ardor, Pardon Me by Elizabeth Mikesch

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Elizabeth Mikesch is the author of Niceties: Aural Ardor, Pardon Me (Calamari Press) and has or will soon appear in BOMB, Tagvverk, Sleepingfish, Unsaid, and Similar Peaks.

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An Interview With Tsipi Keller by Cooper Renner

Tsipi Keller was born in Prague, raised in Israel, and has been living in the U.S. since 1974. The author of nine books, she is the recipient of several literary awards, including National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships, New York Foundation for the Arts grants, and an Armand G. Erpf award from Columbia University. Her most recent translation collections are: Poets on the Edge: An Anthology of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry (SUNY Press); and The Hymns of Job & Other Poems, a Lannan Translation Selection (BOA Editions). Her novels include: The Prophet of Tenth Street (2012), Retelling (2006) and Jackpot

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In Conversation: Derek White and Cooper Renner

Derek White runs Calamari Press & blogs at 5cense.com.

COOPER: You’re widely noted both as author/illustrator and as book designer/publisher, but for a moment at least, let’s talk about reading. Your interests clearly range far beyond the minute explorations of daily life in 21st century America. What foreign author is the latest addition to your list of favorites? What draws you in to his/her work?

DEREK: I’m not sure I’m that widely known for anything & don’t mind being somewhat off the radar. And I don’t pride myself with being much of a reader either, especially in regards to what’s

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