Josh Medsker on “Medskerpedia”

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Poet Josh Medsker is developing “Medskerpedia,” an accumulation of poems for each entry of the “Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.” Medsker began this endeavor in July 2015, after a poet and friend, Eryk Wenziak, encouraged him, and as of March 1, he has completed 153 poems….

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The Penmen Profile: “Snow Island” Author Katherine Towler

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Katherine Towler is the author of the “Snow Island” trilogy, including “Snow Island,” “Evening Ferry” and “Island Light.” She co-edited “A God in the House: Poets Talk About Faith,” alongside Ilya Kaminsky. This March, her first memoir, “The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Memoir of Place, Solitude,…

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Sheila Bender: A Writer’s Life

by Carol Smallwood Sheila Bender is the author of “Creative Writing DeMystified,” “A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief,” a memoir, and “Behind Us the Way Grows Wider,” a poetry collection. She teaches online at WritingItReal.com, StoryCircleNetwork.org and WOW! Women On Writing. Tell us about your…

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A Conversation with Poet Jessica Purdy

by Pamme Boutselis Jessica Purdy teaches creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University. In 2014, she was nominated for Best New Poets and Best of the Net. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and now lives in Exeter, NH. Read one of Purdy’s poems, “At the…

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Helena Lancaster: Writing Her Way Out of Darkness

by Amber E. Box Helena Lancaster began writing as a young child, winning her first award at the age of seven. It wasn’t until she experienced the darkest time in her life, however, that she was inspired to pursue writing as a career. In her first book of poetry, “Behind…

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The Penmen Profile: Award-winning Author, Editor, Playwright and Poet Eckhard Gerdes

Eckhard Gerdes is the editor of The Journal of Experimental Fiction, dedicated to the furthering of forefront fiction. He has published criticism in The Review of Contemporary Fiction and American Review of Books, and has a chapter in SUNY Press’s recent “Federman’s Fictions.” His fiction has appeared in Fiction International, Notre Dame Review, Hayden’s…

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The Trouble with Billy Collins

by Cynthia Brackett-Vincent In early October 2013, a bright fall day, I drove five hours west—with the sun in my eyes and the autumn trees seemingly on fire all the way—across the three northernmost New England states to hear Billy Collins speak at the University of Vermont. That’s five hours…

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The Penmen Profile: Poet and Author Judson Hamilton

By Pamme Boutselis Judson Hamilton lives in Wroclaw, Poland. He is the author of three chapbooks: “Celebrity Slumbers” (Cervena Barva Press) and two out from Greying Ghost Press, “No Rainbow” and “Black Box.” Most recently, he has published a novella, “The Sugar Numbers,” with Black Scat Books. Have you always…

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Spotlight on Allen Ginsberg

Poet and activist Allen Ginsberg talks about the resurgence of the 50s Beat Generation of artists and poets—and how Bob Dyland was influenced by Kerouac. He talks also about censorship of his work and others.

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Real Talk with Poet John Sweet

by Pamme Boutselis John Sweet is currently living in the upstate wastelands (just to the north of that river with the Native American name that runs about 10 miles north of the border). He is firmly opposed to dogma, rhetoric and zealotry in all forms, as well as all political parties, organized religions, officially labeled philosophies and schools of…

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