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.
We wish you joy in the reading!
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 Delphi steps further into 2014, our second year, with this our sixth 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!