Still winter here: fog in the air, snow on the ground, lows in the forecast…but it’s the start of a New year, New season, and New anniversary for Delphi–we are beyond thrilled to be starting our second year as intrepid writers interviewing writers, as we present our first anniversary issue: Volume II, Issue 1, Winter 2014.
We thank all our readers, writers, and interviewers for a tremendous first year, and hope we have your continued participation and interest as we embark on our second. We wish you all a beautiful, peace- and writing-filled new year. We hope too that you will consider doing an interview for Delphi–Is there a writer you’ve read recently whose work you must let the world know about? Is there a writer you know whose work is so brilliant more of us need to be reading him or her? Is there a younger writer/newer writer or book, essay, play, or film you’d like to introduce us to?
Please join us in our quest to shine spotlights on brilliant and deserving poets, writers, essayists, memoirists, ecologists, playwrights, film-makers in need of greater recognition–let us remake this literary world together, one writer at a time.
Our complete 2013 Fall, Summer, Spring, and Premiere issues with their full sets of interviews are archived in their completion and can be accessed via Recent Issues. Drop in anytime to read.
Welcome to 2014! In this luminous New Year promising of much consciousness-raising and awakening all around the world, we are pleased to present an issue filled with kinship, creativity, and new beginnings.
Delphi travels to Washington, DC this winter to interview a poet writing about a California love story in her family in the 1920s, to New York and India to talk about creation and collaboration in a unique international writers’ residency in India, and to San Diego to converse with a poet who works also as publisher. With their range of subjects and diversity of focus, spilling across categories we’ve used before, we are pleased to present these three co-editor interviews as features.
Poet Naomi Thiers talks to Ramola D about how she approached the writing of a series of poems on her grandparents from family stories and memories, augmented by photos and postcards, creating her own nonce forms, using fiction techniques, and exploring personas as she went along. Adam Deutsch, the poet-in-residence at AleSmith Brewing Company and publisher at Cooper Dillon Books, talks to Dan Gutstein about small press publishing, craft beer, and poetry writing, and the occasional interrelationships that develop among the three. Arshia Sattar, classical Indian literateur, translator, and children’s book author, and DW Gibson, writer, film-maker, and Writers Omi at Ledig House director, both founding directors of Sangam House, talk to Shilpa Kameswaran about hosting an international writers’ residency in the Indian sub-continent and what they’re hoping to achieve by doing so.
We hope you enjoy the reading!
Naomi Thiers lives in the Washington, DC area. Her full-length book of poetry, Only The Raw Hands Are Heaven, won the 1992 Washington Writers Publishing House competition and her chapbook In Yolo County was recently published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry and fiction have been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Colorado Review, Pacific Review, Antietam Review, Gargoyle, Town Creek Poetry, Potomac Review, Iris, Sojourners, and many other magazines. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and featured in anthologies. She is an editor with Educational Leadership and lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Adam Deutsch lives in San Diego, teaches college composition and writing, and has work recently or forthcoming in Coconut, Thrush, Spinning Jenny, and Jelly Bucket. He is the publisher at Cooper Dillon Books and Poet-in-Residence at AleSmith Brewing Company.
Arshia Sattar has a Ph.D. in classical Indian literatures from the University of Chicago. Her translations from Sanskrit, Tales from the Kathasaritsagara and The Ramayana of Valmiki have been published by Penguin Books. She has also written two books for children, Kishkindha Tails and Pampa Sutra. Most recently her publications include Lost Loves: Exploring Rama’s Anguish (Penguin, India 2011) and The Best of Quest (ed., Westland Books, 2011). Arshia is the Co-Founder of Sangam House.
DW Gibson is the author of Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy (Penguin, 2012). His work has appeared in several publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Village Voice, and The Caravan. He has been a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and worked on documentaries for the A&E Television Network and MSNBC. His credits include “The Hate Network” and “Inside Alcoholics Anonymous.” His directorial debut, Pants Down, premiered at Anthology Film Archives in New York. He serves as director of Writers Omi at Ledig House in Ghent, New York, which is part of the Omi International Arts Center. DW is the Co-founder of Sangam House.
As writers ourselves, the editors of Delphi Quarterly envision this journal as a diverse and inclusive space for conversations on craft with writers across genres—fiction, poetry, drama, film, ecological and creative non-fiction—and across levels of accomplishment. These conversations will highlight a single published piece of writing, whether a book, poem, essay, play, film, or story.
We invite you to join us on these pages to become part of a global conversation on writing. We are especially interested in including writers who have published a great deal but not yet published a book, authors of texts on nature and the environment, and small-press authors and translators of prose and poetry whose books are lost to time.
Writers Interviewing Writers
Delphi seeks to be a democratic venture and a space for many voices. We encourage writers to help spread the word about Delphi, as well as actively participate by interviewing deserving writers. Please see our Guidelines page for how to query us.
As Delphi steps into 2014, our second year, with this our fifth issue, we invite writers, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers everywhere to join us–interview a fellow/sister writer or filmmaker, offer us insights into your writing residencies, centers, and workshops! Please drop in at our Guidelines page, send us your thoughts. We want to hear from you!