Poet Interviews

You’ll find here interviews with many of the writers featured in our Woven Tale Press magazine, as well as “visiting” writers.

Interview: Jean Valentine

“I want [my poetry] to take off the diver’s mask.” Nancy Mitchell interviews Jean Valentine on her work, life history, and literary inspirations.

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WTP Writer: George Szirtes

It was the concentration, the distillation, the pressing close of words, the patterns opening in eye and ear, the hope of the sheer complexity of life finding some kind of clarified echo…

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The Double Life of Salena Godden: Performer and Writer

“Sometimes I write like I’m a spirit whispering in your ear in the dark and other times like I’m screaming into a hurricane.”

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WTP Writer: David Hamilton

David Hamilton, professor emeritus at the University of Iowa and former editor of The Iowa Review, is hailed as a master of contemporary pastoral.

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WTP Writer: Robert Peake

One poet and his aspiration for other poets: “crowd sourcing” recommendations to help people find their new favorite poets.

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WTP 2018 Winner: Cynthia Manick

Joyce Peseroff speaks with WTP 2018 contest winner Cynthia Manick on her winning poems, advice for working writers, and finding inspiration.

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WTP Writer: Sophia Blackwell

Performance poet Sophia Blackwell talks about herself as a writer and performer. She says her audience is always smarter than she is.

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WTP 2018 Winner: Cynthia Manick

Joyce Peseroff speaks with WTP 2018 contest winner Cynthia Manick on her winning poems, advice for working writers, and finding inspiration.

WTP Writer: Dina Elenbogen

“Creating the first draft of a poem often involves gathering sparks,” says Dina Elenbogen, and her poems reflect this statement: flashes of illumination and light, beautiful yet with the potential to start a blaze.

WTP Writer: David Hamilton

David Hamilton, professor emeritus at the University of Iowa and former editor of The Iowa Review, is hailed as a master of contemporary pastoral.

WTP Writer: Charlotte Holmes

Charlotte Holmes gives a behind-the-scenes look into her writing process and her short memoir, "Klavern," from her forthcoming book: The Grass Labyrinth.

Interview: Jean Valentine

"I want [my poetry] to take off the diver's mask." Nancy Mitchell interviews Jean Valentine on her work, life history, and literary inspirations.

WTP Writer: Robert Peake

One poet and his aspiration for other poets: “crowd sourcing” recommendations to help people find their new favorite poets.

WTP Writer: Sophia Blackwell

Performance poet Sophia Blackwell talks about herself as a writer and performer. She says her audience is always smarter than she is.