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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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An Interview with Poe Ballantine

By Bart Schaneman

There’s a little town on the Pine Ridge of western Nebraska called Chadron. Not too many have heard of it. If anyone would care to listen, you might be able to explain to them that this unknown area of America has its own particular landscape. It’s not quite plains, nor is it simply forest or mountains. It’s all of these things and none of them at once. There’s a little state college there, but it’s mostly a cow town.

The essayist and novelist Poe Ballantine ended up there the first time in 1994 much the same way

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An Interview with Daryl Scroggins by Cooper Renner

Daryl Scroggins and his wife—the artist Cindy Scroggins—recently moved to Marfa, Texas. His latest book, This Is Not the Way We Came In, a collection of flash fictions and a flash novel, is available from Ravenna Press.

COOPER RENNER: Daryl, you and I have known each other a long time, and we’ve both shared favorite writers and disagreed about writers. One we both admire, one who still doesn’t get enough attention, is Lorine Niedecker. Tell me what you like about her work.

DARYL SCROGGINS: I admire Lorine Niedecker’s utter lack of pretension–a trait that informed her life and her aesthetic

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An Interview With Anne Champion by Kristina Marie Darling

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KMD: Reluctant Mistress is a formally diverse collection. Lyric fragments appear alongside couplets, tercets, and quatrains. Do you see your work as paying homage to established literary forms, subverting them, or both?

AC: For the most part, I’m paying homage. I’d like to blaze my own trail too, but I have tried to understand the history and tradition of poetry and appropriate it. This comes with obstacles, as the tradition has not always been welcoming to women, but there are so many women writing now who I deeply admire that are both honoring the tradition and subverting it.

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An Interview with Noah Cicero by Caleb Hildenbrandt

Noah Cicero’s The Collected Works of Noah Cicero Vol. I was recently issued by Lazy Fascist Press, and it’s a knockout of a book. In a scant two hundred pages, Noah Cicero manages to fuse existential bleakness with firm morality, and then situate the result in a piercingly accurate regionalism, reminding me of everything from Becket to medieval mystery plays to Edith Wharton to Flannery O’Connor, with a compassion reminiscent of Stephen Crane and a dash of Ginsburg’s lyric anger thrown in for good measure. Of course, once these snippets are added up, Collected Works as a whole doesn’t resemble

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