Welcome to Summer! Delphi’s summer issue travels far afield this season to Bangladesh, New York, Boston, and Washington, DC to converse with writers variously working to transmute issues of immigration, displacement, and rapidly evolving urban landscapes into fiction, to create characters true to life rather than true to fiction, to pursue imaginative and experimental projects in poetry and prose, and to publish the daring, the innovative, the experimental in hybrid genres, themselves emblematic of risk.
Sharbari Ahmed and Farah Ghuznavi talk about being writers from/in Bangladesh, writing one’s politics, and a diversity of art forms including theater . Steve Himmer discusses his ethos in fiction and his new novel The Bee-Loud Glade with fiction writer and teacher Linda Legters. Maureen Thorson offers us glimpses into her many-faceted world of poetry, prose, and craft of various kinds with writer, poet, and teacher Dan Gutstein. And this time we explore the avant-garde in publishing with Joe Ponepinto as he talks with writer and publisher Kathleen Rooney of Rose Metal Press.
All our interviews this issue feel like feature interviews–rich, thoughtful, insightful, and inspiring–we hope you enjoy the reading!
Sharbari Ahmed received an MA in creative writing from New York University. Her fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Caravan Magazine, Catamaran, and the Asian Pacific American Journal, among other magazines, and in anthologies. Her screenplay, Raisins Not Virgins was selected for the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival All Access Program, also presented as a stage play and produced in New York, Boston, Dhaka, and Los Angeles. She is a regular columnist for the Daily Star Weekend Magazine–the largest English language daily in Bangladesh, and teaches English 101 at Norwalk Community College.
Farah Ghuznavi’s work has been published in the UK, US, Canada, Singapore, India, Nepal, and her native Bangladesh. Her story Judgment Day was highly Commended in the Commonwealth Competition 2010, and Getting There placed second in the Oxford GEF Competition. She is finalizing a manuscript of her short stories, and has most recently edited and contributed to Lifelines, an anthology of new Bangladeshi writing for Zubaan Books, India. She is currently Writer in Residence at the Commonwealth Writers website.
Steve Himmer’s fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Millions, The Collagist, Post Road, and Ploughshares Online. He lives near Boston, where he teaches at Emerson College, and edits the webjournal Necessary Fiction.
Maureen Thorson, a poet, publisher, and book designer living in Washington, D.C, is the author of Applies to Oranges, as well as several chapbooks, including Mayport (PSA 2006), which won the Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems can be found in many anthologies and journals, including Exquisite Corpse, Hotel Amerika, LIT, The Hat, and 6×6. She is the founder of NaPoWriMo, an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.
Kathleen Rooney, co-founder with Abigail Beckel of Rose Metal Press, is the author of the novel-in-poems Robinson Alone and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. She is also the author of books in various genres, an essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs, the memoir Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object, as well as Reading with Oprah: The Book Club That Changed America. Her poetry collection, Oneiromance (an epithalamion), won the 2007 Gatewood Prize from the feminist publisher Switchback Books, and her collaborative collection with Elisa Gabbert, That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness, was published by Otoliths in 2008. Her debut novel, O Democracy!, is forthcoming in Spring 2014.
As Delphi steps further into 2013 with this our third issue, and we expand our rubric to include documentary filmmakers, we invite writers, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers everywhere to join us–interview a fellow/sister writer or filmmaker, offer us insights into your writing workshops! Please drop in at our Guidelines page, send us your thoughts. We want to hear from you!