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Issue Five

Featuring:

Heather Christle
Khaled Mattawa
René Steinke
Peter Orner
Edward Gauvin
María Sonia Cristoff
& many others

 

web features

VIDEO INTERVIEW with Alison Hawthorne Deming

Issue Four contributor Alison Hawthorne Deming sits down with The Arkansas International at AWP 2018 in Tampa, FL.

VIDEO INTERVIEW with Kai Carlson-Wee

Issue Four contributor Kai Carlson-Wee sits down with The Arkansas International at AWP 2018 in Tampa, FL.

VIDEO INTERVIEW with Rachel Galvin

Issue Three contributor Rachel Galvin sits down with The Arkansas International at AWP 2018 in Tampa, FL.

   DESTINATION: Aaliya's Books in Beirut    "Then William and I drank a lot of whisky (while celebrating the Scottish poet Robbie Burns) and found ourselves talking about Rabih Alameddine’s  An Unnecessary Woman  and its main character, Aaliya, who ran a bookshop in Beirut. Several days later we met for lunch and William said: “Let’s not just talk about opening a bookshop, let’s actually do it.”

DESTINATION: Aaliya's Books in Beirut

"Then William and I drank a lot of whisky (while celebrating the Scottish poet Robbie Burns) and found ourselves talking about Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman and its main character, Aaliya, who ran a bookshop in Beirut. Several days later we met for lunch and William said: “Let’s not just talk about opening a bookshop, let’s actually do it.”

   INTERVIEW with Melissa Range    "For me there’s no distinction: when I’m writing poems I am interested in what they do both visually and aurally. They are ‘page pieces’ in that I think you need to see them on the page to see everything they’re doing with respect to line breaks and form. But yes, they are spoken pieces, too, and I do speak them aloud as I’m drafting and revising. My hope is that my poems can be chewy and interesting on both levels."

INTERVIEW with Melissa Range

"For me there’s no distinction: when I’m writing poems I am interested in what they do both visually and aurally. They are ‘page pieces’ in that I think you need to see them on the page to see everything they’re doing with respect to line breaks and form. But yes, they are spoken pieces, too, and I do speak them aloud as I’m drafting and revising. My hope is that my poems can be chewy and interesting on both levels."

   INTERVIEW with Farah Ali    “[S}ometimes the location and the plot are completely linked, and in other stories there is a moment that occurs in a specific place. In the former case, I begin with the setting. The rooms or the roads propel the people toward doing what they do. The places are like enablers. In the latter case, the narrative zooms in on something which lets me see what a character is capable of doing next. This sometimes surprises me.”

INTERVIEW with Farah Ali

“[S}ometimes the location and the plot are completely linked, and in other stories there is a moment that occurs in a specific place. In the former case, I begin with the setting. The rooms or the roads propel the people toward doing what they do. The places are like enablers. In the latter case, the narrative zooms in on something which lets me see what a character is capable of doing next. This sometimes surprises me.”

Book Reviews