Essayist and Poet Hanif Abdurraqib

Columbus native Hanif Abdurraqib talks about the themes running through his latest book, a collection of essays called “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us.” Speaking with Word Carver host Cynthia Rosi, the two compare themes emerging in the essays with Abdurraquib’s previous volume of poetry “The Crown Ain’t Worth Much.” Additional reporting by…

Lulled by Sycamores: An interview with poet Kathy Fagan

Deeply rooted in place, Sycamore Poems follows two conversations as filigree-fine as cloisonne beads: one with the long-lived sycamores of Ohio, and the other about the loss of love. Kathy Fagan, Director of the Creative Writing MFA at Ohio State University, speaks of place, art, and the construction of her poems with Word Carver host…

Good Bones — New Poetry Volume from Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith’s lasting and resonant poems live up to the wide popularity of the eponymous “Good Bones.” Internationally-renowned Smith discusses living in Columbus, the place where she grew up, and the influence of crankies — traditional storytelling with shadow puppets which pre-dated movies — on one of the narrative themes, plus handling emotionally hot material,…

Pat Snyder Hurley Poetry Volume, and Peripatetic Poets

Columnist Pat Snyder Hurley talks with show host Cynthia Rosi about her forthcoming book of poetry from Night Ballet Press entitled Hard to Swallow, co-written with her husband Bill Hurley. The pair embarked on the poetic journey when Bill was diagnosed with cancer, and it formed a central part of their mindfulness work during that…

Paging Columbus

Paging Columbus founder Hannah Stephenson speaks with Word Carver reporter Amy Dalrymple at the OSU Urban Art Space. Paging Columbus moves to the new Two Dollar Radio location on Parson’s Avenue in November. Slam poet champ Barbara Fant reads from her stunning work. Amy explores the whimsy and wonder of words at amydalrymple.net Listen to…

Coates, Rushdie and Calvino: Beyond Illusion

How many of you feel this alienation and discomfort almost as soon as you open the screen in your cellphone, dip into social media, answer email, or listen to the news? The sages from India called illusion maya and they pray: “from delusion lead me to truth.“ Literature helps us to deal with a society…

Poet Brings Plenty, and Native Perspective

Minnecojou Lakota poet Trevino Brings Plenty discusses two poems from his volume Ghost River, as well as Native culture, writing, and the protests at Standing Rock. You can buy Wakpa Wanagi, Ghost River, on Amazon or order it through your local bookstore. Music by Rise and Shine (2015), Seastock from Jamendo.com. Artwork from a mural…