S272. The Art of the Interview

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


This panel will explore the various manifestations, roles, connections, complications, and utilities of the interview within current literary communities. Panelists have conducted interviews in a variety of formats, including written, live, and online. They will share some of the ethical, logistical and personal challenges they have encountered—and each of us encounters—when trying to guide meaningful conversations around the personal, the political, and the poetic.



Rebecca Hoogs is the author of Self-Storage and a chapbook, Grenade. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, Crazyhorse, FIELD, and others. She is the Associate Director for Seattle Arts & Lectures, and a Co-Director of the Creative Writing in Rome program for the University of Washington.

Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books including MOTHERs and The Pedestrians. She received an NEA fellowship and her book Museum of Accidents was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at New York University, and she is the host of the podcast Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People).

Franny Choi is the author of two collections of poetry and several chapbooks. She has received fellowships from the University of Michigan and the Rhode island State Council on the Arts. She is a Kundiman fellow, editor at HYPHEN, member of the Dark Noise collective, and cohost of the podcast VS.

Danez Smith is the author of two collections, most recently Don't Call Us Dead, a finalist for the National Book Award. They are the cohost of the podcast VS with poet Franny Choi. Their third collection, Homie, is forthcoming.

Kaveh Akbar is founding editor of DIVEDAPPER. His poems appear in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, Kaveh's first book is Calling a Wolf a Wolf.


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Kansas City Convention Center