Interview with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Interview with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives in Southwest Colorado and she writes and shares a poem every single day with a large flock of followers all over the world. She’s that kind of writer – generous and bold – and has much to share with us about writing from everyday life. Her poetry has appeared in O Magazine, on A Prairie Home Companion, in back alleys and on river rocks.  Interview :: April 28, 2020 Her poetry collections include Naked for Tea and Hush – winner of the Halcyon Prize for poetry of human ecology. Visit her at www.wordwoman.com share this...
Interview with Marie Howe

Interview with Marie Howe

Marie Howe is an exceptional poet and human being who has much to teach us about living, writing and paying attention. She is another true menor of mine, and in this interview she is sitting in her apartment in New York during the pandemic, amidst an eerie quiet of ambulances and birds on the street below. At the end of the interview she reads from her gorgeous poem, Singularity, as well as talks to us about our changing world and how we want to re-enter it. Interview :: May 4, 2020 Marie is the author of numerous books of poetry including, Magdalene, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, and What the Living Do. She was a New York state poet laureate 2012-14, and her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and the Partisan Review, among others. http://www.mariehowe.com share this...
I Forgive You, For Everything

I Forgive You, For Everything

It started with the young man working in the post office who, when I asked him how he was, looked up at me with bright eyes and said, “I”m evolving.” And how I cocked my head and wondered if he were speaking to me directly, like some bodhisattva planted in the post office to jar me, to get me thinking about my life. Or maybe it was random, something he said to everyone, which, as it turns out might be true, because one of my students who lives in town, told me he said the same thing to her. And why not? Our own little Yoda getting a whole town of people to go home and have a little think. I’m evolving, he told me, as he stamped my packages, and sent me out the door. And maybe I am evolving too, since evolving means change. Maybe we’re all evolving, whether we’re ready for it or not. Like that moment last week – I have no idea what prompted it – as I walked through the kitchen, then stopped mid-stride, frozen, my hands flying up to my chest and to my belly, and how the words, “My god, my god,” flew out of my mouth involuntarily. How in that moment, I was instantly aware of 61-years of body trauma, self-consciousness, and shame erupting out of me like some pent up geyser that had nowhere else to go, finally. “My god,” I gasped, as this visceral awareness sprung up inside of me, in the middle of the day, in the middle of my life. Out of nowhere, this whoosh of...
Interview with Lauren Fleshman

Interview with Lauren Fleshman

Some of you know the incredible Lauren Fleshman, a former track and field athlete, who was the U.S. 5000 meters champion in 2006 and 2010. She currently coaches the professional women’s running group, Little Wings Athletics, and is a former Wild Writing trainee who has brought Wild Writing to her running community all over the world. I hope you have fun with this 20-minute interview we did at 7am in the morning, and which is all about running and writing. Interview :: May 4, 2020 Follow Lauren on Instagram @fleshmanflyer and listen to the wonderful podcast she does with her husband, Jesse Thomas – https://pickybars.com/blogs/the-scoop/work-play-love-podcast share this...
Interview with Lynn Ungar

Interview with Lynn Ungar

Lynn Ungar came to my attention through her tremendous poem, Pandemic, which went viral during the pandemic. I talk to her here about the connection between her work as a minister and her work as a poet, and what it’s like to write and share poetry in response to these strange times we live in. Interview :: October 4, 2021 Lynn Ungar’s first book of poetry, Blessing the Bread, earned her fans around the world, and her latest work which includes, Breathe and These Days, can be found on her website. Find out more about her work at https://Lynnungar.com share this...