From the Center Out:CSU Poetry Center’s New Author Interviewscurated by Caryl Pagelwith Leora Fridman, Lo Kwa Mei-En and Martin Rockand an afterword by Lee Upton
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The Cleveland State University Poetry Center presents book interviews with three of their soon-to-be new authors: Leora Firdman, Lo Kwa Mei-en and Martin Rock, with afterword by Lee Upton.
AN EXCERPT FROM LO KWA MEI-EN
“I like to think a form is a fern. There is no singular sonnet form, but a spiral of them, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Bernadette Mayer and Tory Dent wresting the form and being tested by it. Investigation of a form’s past unearths the power of variation, expansive and explosive, like a mother of spores.”
LEORA SILVERMAN FRIDMAN is the author of the chapbooks Precious Coast (H_ngm_n Books), Obvious Metals (Projective Industries), On the architecture and Essential Nature (The New Megaphone), and the chapbook of translations, Eduardo Milán: Poems (Toad Press). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is founding co-editor of Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer and forms one fourth of the collective The Bureau.
LO KWA MEI-EN is the author of Yearling, winner of the Kundiman Prize, and The Romances, a chapbook forthcoming from The Lettered Streets Press. She is from Singapore and Ohio, where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. She lives and works in Cincinnati.
CARYL PAGEL is the author of Twice Told and Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death. She is the Director of the CSU Poetry Center and an Assistant Professor of English at Cleveland State University.
MARTIN ROCK is the author of the chapbook Dear Mark (Brooklyn Arts Press) and co-author of Fish, You Bird (Pilot). With Kevin Prufer and Martha Collins, he edited the Unsung Masters volume Catherine B. Davis: On the Life and Work of an American Master. He is Managing Editor for Gulf Coast and intermittently publishes the online journal Loaded Bicycle. Martin is working on translations of a number of Japanese poets and is Poet in Residence at Texas Children’s Hospital.
LEE UPTON is the author of five previous books of poetry, including Undid in the Land of Undone, Civilian Histories and Approximate Darling; the story collection The Tao of Humiliation; the essay collection Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition, Boredom, Purity & Secrecy; the novella The Guide to the Flying Island; and several books of critical prose, most recently Defensive Measures: The Poetry of Niedecker, Bishop, Glück, and Carson. She is a professor of English and the writer-in- residence at Lafayette College. Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles, published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center, won the 2014 Open Poetry Book Competition, selected by Erin Belieu.