Delphi celebrates the completion of two writer-filled years this issue, the last of the year, with travels between New Mexico, Washington, DC, and Boston to interview two extraordinary, accomplished, and dedicated women writers–fiction writer, memoirist, teacher, and editor Lisa Lenard-Cook of bosque (the magazine), and poet, teacher, and poetry editor Katherine Smith of Potomac Review, and to present a first op-ed from Delphi editor and writer Ramola D. Other notable firsts in this issue: A literary agent–Andy Ross–interviews a writer, and a publisher–Andrew Gifford from the Santa Fe Writers Project (SFWP), whose interview was featured in our last issue, Summer 2014–puts a spin on Delphi’s Interview Connector model by helping to feature a writer from his press. Special thanks to Andrew Gifford and Andy Ross for Lisa Lenard-Cook’s interview, and thanks to Lisa Lenard-Cook for waiting on this issue, as also to Katherine Smith for the quick turn-around on her interview!
Lisa Lenard-Cook talks to her literary agent Andy Ross about the re-issue of her newly reprinted novel, Dissonance, with a small press, touching on the intriguing focus of her novel, the journey of her protagonist, a Los Alamos piano teacher, as she peruses the journals and music of a World War II concentration camp survivor, and the quiet workings of musical leitmotifs through the intricacies of the story.
Katherine Smith talks to Ramola D on the just-released second collection of her poetry, Woman Alone on the Mountain, about the “centripetal force” of motherhood in her life, her deep-image poetic influences, and her passion for the visible, present world that transforms through long engagement with craft into powerful lyric poetry.
Both conversations epitomize Delphi’s interest in depth and candor, they are rich, open, generous, inspiring.
Ramola D looks to Helen Keller and the Rights of Nature movement for inspiration as she muses on combating surveillance, censorship, and undiscussed 21-st century science and technology through speaking out online.
Dive right in, enjoy the issue!
Lisa Lenard-Cook’s PEN-shortlisted novel Dissonance, originally published by UNM Press, has just been re-issued in paperback and e-editions by Santa Fe Writers’ Project. She’s also the author of New Mexico Penwomen Zia Prize-shortlisted novel Coyote Morning (UNM Press), and the writing guides The Mind of Your Story (Writer’s Digest Books) and (with Lynn C. Miller) Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir (University of Wisconsin Press), as well as numerous trade nonfiction books. Her short fiction has appeared in Southwest Review, Rosebud, Puerto del Sol, and other journals. Lisa is a faculty member at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, and was recently a featured writer at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference in Ogden. Lisa is a co-founder of ABQ Writers Co-op (abqwriterscoop.com), bosque (the magazine), and the Bosque Fiction Prize, and holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Katherine Smith’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of journals, among them The Cincinnati Review, Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Mezzo Cammin, Unsplendid, Measure, Gargoyle, The Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Atlanta Review, and Appalachian Heritage. Her first book, Argument by Design (Washington Writers’ Publishing House), appeared in 2003. Her second book of poetry Woman Alone on the Mountain appeared with Iris Press in Fall 2014. She teaches at Montgomery College in Maryland and is the Poetry Editor for Potomac Review.
Ramola D is the author of Invisible Season (WWPH, 1998) (poems), and Temporary Lives: Stories (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009), awarded the 2008 AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction. Recipient of a 2005 NEA Fellowship in poetry, her fiction and poetry have appeared in various journals and anthologies, most recently in All About Skin: Short Fiction from Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), Kweli Journal, Kartika Review, Greensboro Review. Her articles, reviews, and writer-interviews have appeared in various forums including The Writer’s Chronicle, The Short Review, Indian Express, and The Los Angeles Review. Ramola currently lives in the Boston area, teaches art/science/creative writing workshops for kids, and, keen to save the world, most especially the USA, from run-amok corporate/fascist ruin, runs the newly-unveiled concerned-citizen petition and news website, The Everyday Concerned Citizen.
As Delphi marks the Fall of 2014 with this our eighth issue (Delphi is 2!)–we invite writers, poets, memoirists, essayists, playwrights, and filmmakers everywhere to join us–interview a fellow/sister writer or filmmaker, write an op-ed on a current issue of your choice, offer us insights into your writing residencies, centers, and workshops! If you have been interviewed in these pages, we invite you to join the Interview Connector, to follow up with an interview of your own, to introduce a wonderful and deserving writer you know to a larger audience. Please drop in at our Guidelines page, send us your thoughts. We want to hear from you!