The first poem I ever had published was in our church newsletter. I dictated it to my patient mother at the age of five.
At age fourteen, I started my daily practice of spiritual exercises (“SEs”), a form of active meditation. In my late twenties, I began writing poetry almost daily as well.
Coming full circle, I recently gave an interview to the church newsletter’s online successor, The New Day Herald, about the intersection of poetry and spiritual practice.
You can read the interview, along with a poem, here.
Paul Stephenson just posted an in-depth interview with me on his website.
We talk about The Knowledge (including at least one secret about the book most people probably don’t know), the current political climate, the place I grew up, and the teachers, places, and poets that have made a great impression on me.
I also mention the new book, due out July 2018.
You can read the full interview on Paul’s website.
Poet and screenwriter Aaron Kent had a wild idea: interview poets using poetry. Not only that — but ask them to respond to the poems-as-questions with poems-as-answers. It could have been weird, but it ended up being really cool.
The first of our exchanges is now up on the Poetic Interviews website. More will be posted over time.
[Update: all six question-poems and answer-poems are now available here.]
I first met Portuguese artist and editor Paulo Brito online.
He kindly published an essay I wrote about magical realism in his journal The Ironic Fantastic, and then re-approached me recently for an interview on his website.
In it, I talk about my influences and mentors, current projects, and writing process. You can read all about it on his website, Porta VIII.
Many thanks to Paulo for this.
Geosi Gyasi is an avid reader and blogger based in Ghana who has interviewed a wide range of authors over several years.
He discovered my work through a poem recently published in Rattle, and asked some interesting questions in our interview — about how formal study has influenced my poems, about how I see technology shaping poetry, and the best thing that has ever happened to me as a poet.
I also talk about why the human element is so important to me in world of word-play, and give a sneak peek at what readers might expect from my forthcoming collection The Knowledge.
You can read the full interview here at Geosi Reads.
Ireland-based The Ranting Beast interviewed me recently about the Transatlantic Poetry on Air reading series. I talk a bit about how the idea came to me, the perfectly imperfect nature of the very first broadcast, and what we are doing to make future broadcasts engaging and memorable. You can read the full interview here.
I am particularly excited about our upcoming broadcast in August, featuring Jane Hirshfield and George Szirtes, two well-known poets who are also translators, scholars, and deeply thoughtful people. It should be a wonderful evening. In case you need one, here is a personal invitation to join us: