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 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!