“Revisionist History” by Tiana Nobile (poetry, ’17)

A poem by Tiana Nobile (poetry, ’17) appears in Apogee:

Revisionist History

The weather in Seoul in October is bright and balmy.
All the hospital beds are full, and women with thick arms
and bent knees, feet in the stirrups, scream in an echoing

symphony. A woman with small ankles can’t see
beyond her bloated stomach. She keeps her eyes shut

[…continue reading here.]

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Gabrielle Calvocoressi

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Gabrielle Calvocoressi:

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Gabrielle Calvocoressi about her new collection Rocket Fantasticthe fluid nature of gender, and the reader as collaborator with the text . . . This Rumpus Book Club interview was edited by Brian Spears.


Brian S: Talk to me about this choice to use a symbol to represent the Bandleader. You write about it in your introduction, but I’m curious about how the idea evolved over time and affected the book.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi: Well, you know this book took me almost a decade to write. I’d started some of the poems before Apocalyptic Swing came out. When I first started working on it I had a whole sort of story in mind, personae, an arc… basically the recipe for a disaster.

Eve Linn: Could you comment on how you conceived of this as a narrative?

Gabrielle Calvocoressi: And then in 2012 I had the tremendous fortune of getting to go to Marfa, TX for a Lannan Fellowship where I got to sit in this house that just looked out at this giant sky.

Sarah Fowler: Building off of the Bandleader question—I am wondering when the use/manipulation of breath came in to play? Was it always a part of the equation with that character?

Gabrielle Calvocoressi: I was in Marfa and what I realized was the book was so locked down and not at all what I had wanted or hoped for. I realized I’d started to use this strategy of persona to notwork into the deeper issues of power and voice and the vessel of the body that I’d been working with and struggling with in my own life.

. . . continue reading here.

Community Digest


Extended Famlies: A Memoir of India by Ven Begamudre (fiction, ’99) is available now for through Cocteau Books.


A collection of short stories, The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt (fiction ’99) is available from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.


Lesley Valdes (poetry, ’15) has a poem, “At the corner store–” in The Boiler. 




Two poems by Dilruba Ahmed (poetry, 09) appear in Alaska Quarterly Review:



57 Octaves Below Middle C by Kevin McIlvoy is available now from Four Way Books.




The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing by Margot Livesey is available now from Tin House Books.

New Digital Downloads + Tom Lux Tribute Reading

New Digital Downloads + Tom Lux Tribute Reading

The digital downloads from the 2017 WWC/MFA summer residency are now available.  Included in the bounty is this summer’s Tom Lux Tribute reading.  Download it for free with any purchase, or listen below!

Download Summer 2017 Lectures Here.

A Thomas Lux Tribute

Recorded at the July 2017 residency of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

In honor of former faculty member Thomas Lux (1946-2017), who taught in the MFA Program for Writers from 1979 until 2006, Stephen Dobyns, Brooks Haxton, Heather McHugh, and Alan Shapiro read from Lux’s poetry and offer remembrances of their friend and colleague.

Here’s the playlist:

Stephen Dobyns: “The Swimming Pool”
Brooks Haxton: “An Horatian Notion”
Heather McHugh: “The Milkman and His Son”
Alan Shapiro:  “I Love You Sweatheart”
Thomas Lux: “Snake Lake”
Here’s the link to “Snake Lake” originally published in the Atlantic.
“After the Earthquake: Oral Histories on Life, Death & Survival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti” by Peter Orner

“After the Earthquake: Oral Histories on Life, Death & Survival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti” by Peter Orner

An essay by Peter Orner (fiction) appears in Guernica:

After the Earthquake: Oral Histories on Life, Death & Survival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

by Peter Orner

Five years ago Dr. Evan Lyon, a physician who has worked in Haiti since 1996, and I began to conduct interviews with residents of the city of Port-au-Prince. We set out with considerable help from Laura Scott, Jean Pierre Marseille, Katie Kane, Doug Ford, and Edward Loiseau. The project started with a simple notion: What’s life like on the streets of Haiti’s largest city since the cataclysmic earthquake of January 12, 2010? There are number of good books about Haiti, but too many of them, it seemed to us, interpreted life in “the poorest country in the western hemisphere” through the lens of an outsider. We wanted to create a book that, so much as possible, might give a reader an unmitigated view of the struggle to survive–and endure–in, yes, one of the poorest but also, one of the most vibrant cities in our hemisphere.