An interview with former poet laureate Billy Collins

Interview With Poet Laureate Billy Collins I had the pleasure of interviewing former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins via telephone. Mr. Collins served two terms as Poet Laureate, from 2001 – 2003. He was also selected as New York State Poet for 2004. Billy Collins has published several collections of poetry (bibliography below, from wikipedia.com), and… Read More An interview with former poet laureate Billy Collins

Baileys Longlist 2016: Geraldine Brooks’ ‘The Secret Chord’

  The addition of Geraldine Brooks to this year’s Baileys Prize longlist gives Australia yet more reason to cheer. And well it should. Its prodigious literary talent has never been in doubt, but it’s wonderful seeing it recognized so enthusiastically.   I was a news reporter for 16 years, seven of them a foreign correspondent in… Read More Baileys Longlist 2016: Geraldine Brooks’ ‘The Secret Chord’

an evening with irvine welsh and jessa crispin, the bookslut

I’m a bit miffed the moniker “bookslut” belongs to another. Jessa Crispin got to it first, growing from blogger to literary phenomenon by virtue of honest labor. It describes me so aptly, but it’s very much engaged. Always a bridesmaid. I could be more involved in the Chicago literary scene. There are opportunities. Remind me… Read More an evening with irvine welsh and jessa crispin, the bookslut

interview with edwidge danticat, author of ‘Untwine’

. . Age Range: 12 and up Grade Level: 7 and up Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 29, 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 0545423031 ISBN-13: 978-054542303 . .  Edwidge Danticat’s latest novel Untwined explores the relationship between teenage twins Giselle and Isabelle Boyer, daughters of divorcing parents. When the family is involved in a… Read More interview with edwidge danticat, author of ‘Untwine’