The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders



I have a brief interview included in a new book from the Poetry Foundation and McSweeney’s. In the book I talk about being a Cultural Envoy through the US State Department to perform and teach about poetry in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2010. Here is more about the book. 

The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders is a collection of reflections, roundtables, and practical resources of interest to writers traveling abroad. Contributors, including Kazim Ali, Nick Flynn, Claudia Rankine, and Eliza Griswold, discuss the benefits and hardships that come with traveling and living internationally, their motivations and expectations, and the outcomes of their own experiences, along with providing practical tips for those setting out on their own. As Brian Turner puts it, ‘This book is a celebration of poets who have ventured beyond the visible horizon and brought back verse.’ With so many poets having traveled and taken up residence around the world, The Strangest of Theatres is a necessary compendium of individual struggles and successes for the benefit of today’s travelers and planners, doers and dreamers.”  Edited by Susan Rich, Brian Turner, and Jared Hawkley.  And how cool is this? You can download a PDF of the book for free at the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute. The print version is available for sale at bookstores, through online retailers, or from McSweeney’s.

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