Delphi Quarterly presents four insightful and thought-provoking interviews in this issue, with two celebrated and emerging poets, a much-loved fiction writer, and an extraordinary memoirist, who offer candid discussion of their award-winning and intriguing poetry, best-selling fiction, and fascinating memoir, with glimpses into their various other worlds of editing, literary history documenting, publishing, and teaching.
Many thanks to the dedicated writer-interviewers, Shilpa Kameswaran, Lisa Lenard-Cook, Annie Kim who joined editor Ramola D to take time from their own writing to work on these compelling interviews.
Shilpa Kameswaran, poet, journalist, and editor talks with memoirist, social scientist, and academic Norma Riccuccci about her immigrant Italian background, early family tragedies, eye-opening travels in the US, and unabashed feminism as recorded in her memoir A Heart Near Death.
Lisa Lenard-Cook, fiction and non-fiction writer, teacher, and editor, profiled earlier in Delphi, returns to interview Catherine Ryan-Hyde, prolific fiction writer and New York Times bestselling author on issues of craft such as the compelling and believable characters and stories in her latest fiction, which include the books Take Me With You and The Language of Hoofbeats, as well as her take on current scenarios in publishing.
Annie Kim, a poet who received exciting notice this summer of a first-book award for her poetry, interviews poet and teacher Michael Patrick Collins on the intricacies of his language-poetry and views on craft in his first poetry collection Psalmandala.
Ramola D, editor of Delphi, fiction-writer, journalist, and poet interviews celebrated and award-winning poet, editor, and literary historian Kim Roberts on subjects of craft and themes of polar exploration, objects of medical history, museums, and travel in her new and award-winning books Fortune’s Favor and Animal Magnetism, as well as her earlier work, Kimnama.
Delphi offers links at the end of each interview to the profiled book/s online, as well as to other author pages.
Kim Roberts is the author of four books of poems, most recently Fortune’s Favor: Scott in the Antarctic (Poetry Mutual, 2015). She edited the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC (Plan B Press, 2010), and co-edits two online literary journals, Beltway Poetry Quarterly and the Delaware Poetry Review, and one web exhibit, DC Writers’ Homes. Roberts is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has been a writer-in-residence at 14 artist colonies.
Norma M. Riccucci is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University, Newark. A Heart Near Death is Prof. Riccucci’s heart wrenching memoir of immigrant sagas, the Italian diaspora, and a young orphan’s coming of age. Professor Riccucci has published extensively in the areas of diversity management, affirmative action, human resources and public sector labor relations. Some of her academic publications include: Public Administration: Traditions of Inquiry and Philosophies of Knowledge (Georgetown University Press), which received the 2012 Best Book Award from the Research section of the American Society of Public Administration); How Management Matters: Street Level Bureaucrats and Welfare Reform (Georgetown University Press) which received the 2009 Best Book Award from the public administration section of the American Political Science Association); and Managing Diversity in Public Sector Workforces (Westview Press).
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 30 published and forthcoming books. Her novels include Worthy, The Language of Hoofbeats, Take Me With You, Where We Belong, When I Found You, and Walk Me Home. New Kindle editions of her backlist titles Funerals for Horses, Earthquake Weather and Other Stories, Electric God, and Walter’s Purple Heart are now available. Also available is The Long, Steep Path: Everyday Inspiration From the Author of Pay It Forward, her first book-length creative nonfiction. An avid hiker, traveler, and amateur photographer, she has just released her first book of photos, 365 Days of Gratitude: Photos From A Beautiful World. She is co-author, with publishing industry blogger Anne R. Allen, of How to Be A Writer in the E-Age: A Self-Help Guide.
Michael Collins’ poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared
in more than 40 journals and magazines, including Grist, Kenning Journal, Pank, and Smartish Pace. His first chapbook, How to Sing when People Cut off your Head and Leave it Floating in the Water, won the Exact Change Press Chapbook Contest in 2014. A full-length collection, Psalmandala, was published later that year. Another chapbook, Harbor Mandala, is forthcoming in July of 2015.
As Delphi celebrates 2015 with this Summer issue–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. Or, if you run a small press, consider setting up Round-Robin interviews with your best writers, where writers interview each other. Please drop in at our Guidelines page, send us your thoughts. We want to hear from you!