Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews is a collection of discussions with contemporary poets, ranging from established elders like W.S. Merwin and Maxine Kumin to dazzling newcomers like Aracelis Girmay and the Dickman brothers, Matthew and Michael. In conversation with Christian McEwen, they describe their habitual writing practice, influences, and development, as well as their sense of the American poetry scene, and whatever else comes up in the course of a long, thoughtful, richly meandering exchange. The sixteen interviewed poets are: Annie Boutelle Matthew Dickman Michael Dickman Patrick Donnelly Rita Dove Nikky Finney Aracelis Girmay Edward Hirsch Jane Hirshfield Yusef Komunyakaa Maxine Kumin Gwyneth Lewis W.S. Merwin Patricia Smith Chase Twichell Jean Valentine.
About the Author
CHRISTIAN MCEWEN was born in London and grew up in the Borders of Scotland. Her most recent book, also with Bauhan Publishing, is The Tortoise Diaries: Daily Meditations on Creativity and Slowing Down. McEwen's poems and essays have been widely published, and she has taught poetry, environmental literature, and creative writing at a number of different venues, including The Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, Williams College, Smith College, and Lesley University. She has been a Fellow several times at the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies, and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.