Spring at last! Blossoms and buds everywhere–and birds birds birds! Here on the US East Coast, we are still dipping in and out of colder temperatures, but we’re warmed by these golden signs which persist. Up in space, the sun has moved into Aries, marking the real New Year in a variety of cultures–Tamil, Vedic, Thai, for instance–and the dawning of tremendous new energies and vitalities, we’re told, all over the world.
In which aura of radiance, we are pleased to present a very special issue filled with energetic new collaborations, brave new ventures documenting the collective present, and powerful new intentions: Volume II, Issue 2, Spring 2014.
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–if you’re a writer, please consider interviewing a writer for us. Let us remake this literary world together, one writer at a time.
Our complete Winter 2014 issue as well as all 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 Spring 2014! Delphi visits Washington, DC this spring to interview a beloved DC poet and fiction writer who has recently begun her own publishing house, and stops in at New York City to converse with an extraordinary visionary and memoirist who founded and runs a unique writing workshop for women of immigrant and minority communities. As it seems we are trending toward, and inspired by the richness of these widely roving, ranging conversations, we present both these co-editor interviews with publishers and workshops as features.
Poet and novelist Rose Solari talks to Ramola D about the excitements and inspirings behind starting and running an independent literary press that forges new ground as it collaborates with other publishing groups. Bisi Ideraabdullah, educator, activist, and author talks to Shilpa Kameswaran about building a writing community for women of color in North America and fostering the Amherst Writers and Artists method of conducting writing workshops.
Rose Solari is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, The Last Girl (forthcoming, November 2014), Orpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather; the one-act play, Looking for Guenevere, and a novel, A Secret Woman. Her awards include the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, and Academy of American Poets’ University Prize, The Columbia Book Award for poetry, and an EMMA award for excellence in journalism. She has lectured and taught writing workshops at many institutions, including the University of Maryland, St. John’s College, Annapolis, the Jung Society of Washington, and The Centre for Creative Writing at Kellogg College, Oxford University, where she currently serves as advisor. Her work as a journalist and editor includes numerous freelance assignments, as well as positions as writer and editor for Common Boundary Magazine and as founding editor and writer for SportsFan Magazine.
Bisi Ideraabdullah is an educator, writer, and activist. A certified Amherst Writers as Artist (AWA) workshop facilitator and an AWA board member, in1999, she founded the Women of Color Writers Workshop (WOC) in response to her own writing needs and to the under-representation of women of color in the literary world. She helped edit their first publication through Face to Face Press, Voices of Brooklyn: Writings from the Women of Color Writers Workshop (2000). Her story “Imani Means Faith” appears in the National Book Foundation’s Collection Sounds of This House. She is currently working on an anthology “Boundaries & Borders,” a collection of writing from women of color across the globe. Her memoir How Many Days Until Tomorrow is expected out in 2015.
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!