Delphi Quarterly is pleased to feature two thoughtful and intriguing poets this issue, who each delve into their experiences of life and motherhood in tandem with close workings of language and fascinations with form to create poetry of both emotional depth and verbal delicacy.
Interestingly, one of these featured poets is the interviewer of the other poet. Marcene Gandolfo, our doubly celebrated poet this issue, is featured by poet Barbara Crooker, herself featured in Spring 2015, who returns in our Round-Robin Interview series (currently running with WordTech Press poets) to present her own interview with a poet. Marcene also offers her own interview, a conversation with poet Mary-Sherman Willis.
Marcene Gandolfo, poet, writer, editor, and college professor speaks with Mary-Sherman Willis about the themes and stories in her new collection, Graffiti Calculus, touching on issues of conception, theme, and influence, as Mary-Sherman Willis discusses the experience of exploring her teenage son’s world, the subject of her work in this book, along with abiding interests in mathematics and language.
Mary-Sherman Willis’s book of poems, Caveboy, was published by Artist’s Proof Editions as a limited edition art book and an iBook for iPad in 2012. Graffiti Calculus, a book-length poem published in November 2013 by CW Books/WordTech, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in the New Republic, the Hudson Review, the Iowa Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Poetry Review, Poet Lore, The Cortland Review, Archipelago.org among others. They have been featured in Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” and in several anthologies. She has received fellowships and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, where she was a Tennessee Williams Scholar. She serves on the board of the Folger Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series. With an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, she teaches at George Washington University, and splits her time between Washington DC and Rappahannock Co, VA.
Barbara Crooker, highly-awarded poet, whose “Selected Poems” was recently released, speaks with Marcene Gandolfo about issues of theme, structure, and form in the creation of Angles of Departure, as Marcene Gandolfo discusses questions of motherhood, loss, grieving, and the transforming of grief that her poems in this book sought to address.
Marcene Gandolfo’s debut book, Angles of Departure (Cherry Grove Collections, February 2014), is a collection of poems that explore motherhood, grief, compassion and healing. Last year, the book was a finalist for the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and the Patricia Bibby First Book Award and a semi-finalist for the Washington Prize. Her poems have been published widely in literary journals including Poet Lore, Bayou, DMQ Review, The Café Review and Paterson Literary Review. She has taught writing and literature at several northern California colleges and lives in Elk Grove, CA.
As Delphi closes out 2015 with this late Fall 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. We are also keen to have regular interviewers on board. Please drop in at our Guidelines page, send us your thoughts. We want to hear from you!