Lyric Essentials: Amy Watkins Reads Carl Phillips

Welcome back to Lyric Essentials! In this latest installment, Amy Watkins, author of Wolf Daughter, reads two poems by one of her favorite living poets, Carl Phillips. Amy discusses the act of reading poetry out loud, Phillips’ poetry’s intricate complexity, and Watkins’ new chapbook. Of special note to regular readers: Sundress would like to welcome … Continue reading Lyric Essentials: Amy Watkins Reads Carl Phillips

Lyric Essentials: Amorak Huey Reads Traci Brimhall

Welcome back to Lyric Essentials! This week, we welcome Sundress author, Amorak Huey to read poems by Traci Brimhall and talk about the craft and hidden influences of our favorite poetry. Thank you for reading! Erica Hoffmeister: Why did you choose to read these poems by Traci Brimhall? Amorak Huey: When people ask me my … Continue reading Lyric Essentials: Amorak Huey Reads Traci Brimhall

Interview with Sundress Author H.K. Hummel

As we prepare for the release of her full-length poetry collection, Lessons in Breathing Underwater, author H.K. Hummel speaks with Sundress Publications’ editorial intern, Erica Hoffmeister about the importance of women’s stories. Erica Hoffmeister: Can you describe the meaning of the opening epigraph, lyrics from the song, “Night Has Turned to Day” by The Fantastic … Continue reading Interview with Sundress Author H.K. Hummel

Lyric Essentials: Roya Marsh Reads Eve L. Ewing

Welcome back to Lyric Essentials! This week, we welcome the very talented Roya Marsh, who reads two poems by Eve L. Ewing and discusses poets’ roles as storytellers, activists, and informers. Thank you for reading! Erica Hoffmeister: Eve L. Ewing’s poetry is so powerful – how and why did you choose to read these two … Continue reading Lyric Essentials: Roya Marsh Reads Eve L. Ewing

Lyric Essentials: syan jay Reads Joy Harjo

For this installment of Lyric Essentials, we are joined by Sundress author syan jay. They read poems from poet laureate Joy Harjo, and talk about the role of storytelling in indigenous poetry. Thanks for reading! Erica Hoffmeister: What is your personal connection to Joy Harjo that led you to read her poetry for Lyric Essentials? … Continue reading Lyric Essentials: syan jay Reads Joy Harjo

Lyric Essentials: Amanda Galvan Huynh Reads Sara Borjas

Thank you for joining us this week for Lyric Essentials! Amanda Galvan Huynh joins us to read Sara Borjas and discusses Latinx Heritage Month, Xicanx writer identities, and the power in rewriting our own narratives. Erica Hoffmeister: Why did you choose to read Sara Borjas for Lyric Essentials? Amanda Galvan Huynh: During the last month, … Continue reading Lyric Essentials: Amanda Galvan Huynh Reads Sara Borjas

Lyric Essentials: Nishat Ahmed Reads Ocean Vuong

Welcome back to Lyric Essentials! This week, Nishat Ahmed reads work from Ocean Vuong and discusses immigrant identity, the connection between songwriting and writing poetry, and how it feels to come of age as a poet as part of the mid 00’s Tumblr scene. Erica Hoffmeister: Why did you choose Ocean Vuong’s work to read … Continue reading Lyric Essentials: Nishat Ahmed Reads Ocean Vuong

Lyric Essentials: Lucian Mattison Reads Juan Gelman

Thank you for joining us at Lyric Essentials! This week, poet and translator Lucian Mattison reads for us Juan Gelman as he discusses history within Argentinian poetry and the bridge that connects people through poetry translation. Thanks for reading! Erica Hoffmeister: What is your relationship with Juan Gelman’s work? Has his work influenced your own … Continue reading Lyric Essentials: Lucian Mattison Reads Juan Gelman

Lyric Essentials: Sara Deniz Akant Reads Hala Alyan

Welcome back to Lyric Essentials! This week, we listen to Sara Akant read poems by Hala Alyan and discuss being a poet in New York and collapsing the boundaries of immigrant–specifically Middle Eastern–stories in American writing. Thank you for reading! Erica Hoffmeister: Why did you choose to read Hala Alyan for Lyric Essentials? Sara Akant: … Continue reading Lyric Essentials: Sara Deniz Akant Reads Hala Alyan

Lyric Essentials: Madeleine Barnes Reads Michelle Maher

Welcome back to Lyric Essentials! This week Madeleine Barnes reads poetry from Michelle Maher and discusses maternal lineage, relationships, and inspiration. Thank you for reading! Erica Hoffmeister: You were eager for the opportunity to share Michelle Maher’s poetry with our readers. Can you share why that is? Madeleine Barnes: Michelle Maher is my mother! It’s … Continue reading Lyric Essentials: Madeleine Barnes Reads Michelle Maher