“Shadows in the Story”: An Interview with Eavan Boland

INTRODUCTION

For a number of years I have taught a course in Irish Literature and Culture at my home institution, Reinhardt University, and among the standard author readings I petition of my students are William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, James …

William Walsh is the author of seven books. His new collection of poetry, Fly Fishing in Times Square, recently won the Editor’s Prize at Cervena Barva Press. It will be released in September. He is the director of the undergraduate and graduate writing programs at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. His work has appeared in Rattle, the Kenyon Review, the Valparaiso Poetry Review, Shenandoah, Literary Matters, Five Points, the AWP Chronicle, and elsewhere.

The Name Means Thunder

I am no longer blind, but there was a time many years ago when I lost my vision. Next week I’ll see the eye doctor for my cataracts, and he’ll ask if my eyes were ever damaged. I don’t know …

Morgan Talty was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and grew up on the Penobscot Indian Nation in Maine. He received his B.A. in Native American studies from Dartmouth College and completed an MFA in the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. Talty’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Shenandoah, Narrative, TriQuarterly, LitHub, and elsewhere. He lives in Levant, Maine.

Gracie and Devere

Jack Driscoll’s latest collection, The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot (Wayne State University Press, 2017), received the 2018 Michigan Library Foundation Award for fiction. His forthcoming “New & Selected” will include eleven stories previously published in The Georgia Review and dating back to 1987. He currently teaches in Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program in Oregon.

On the Farm

Anne Wright was born in New York City and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. After graduating from Wheelock College in 1950 she taught for forty-two years, working with students from nursery school up to a program for young adults. She met and married James Wright in 1967 in New York City, which became their home. After James’s death in 1980, she edited the following of his books: This Journey (Vintage, 1982); Collected Prose (University of Michigan Press, 1983); The Secret Field: Selections from the Final Journals of James Wright (Logbridge-Rhodes, 1985); Above the River: The Complete Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1992); and The Delicacy and Strength of Lace: Letters Between Leslie Marmon Silko and James Wright (Graywolf, 2009). The couple collaborated on a book of prose pieces, The Summers of Annie and James Wright: Sketches and Mosaics (Sheep Meadow, 1981); and Anne co-edited with Saundra Rose Maley A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005).

Back Roads and Ditch-Wise: Against Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry

Molly Spencer’s recent poetry and critical writings have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, FIELD, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. Her debut poetry collection, If the House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019), won the Brittingham Prize; a second collection, Relic and the Plum, won the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition and is forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press in fall 2020. Spencer is a poetry editor for The Rumpus and teaches at the University of Michigan.

What the Music Said

Martha Wiseman has been a theater student, a dancer and choreographer, an editor, and a bookseller. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of journals, and her long short story Double Vision (White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 2004) is available as a chapbook. She has published three previous essays in The Georgia Review. She teaches English and directs the writing center at Skidmore College.

The Great Silence

Marianne Boruch’s ten poetry collections include the recent title The Anti-Grief (Copper Canyon Press, 2019). She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia last year at the University of Canberra’s International Poetry Studies Institute, observing the astonishing wildlife to write a book-length sequence, a neo-ancient/medieval bestiary, which is forthcoming from Copper Canyon. The poems in this issue are a part of that collection.

Psyche’s Stolen Pleasure: Women Who Like to Look, Objectification, and Animism of the Inanimate

Genese Grill holds a BFA from Cooper Union in painting, and an MA and PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in Germanic literatures and languages. She is the author of The World as Metaphor in Robert Musil’s “The Man without Qualities”: Possibility as Reality (Camden House, 2012) and the translator of a collection of Musil’s short prose, Thought Flights (2015); his short-story collection Unions (2019); and Theater Symptoms: Robert Musil’s Plays and Writings on Theater (forthcoming)—with these three all from Contra Mundum. Her literary essays, translator introductions, and scholarly writing have appeared in The Georgia Review, Numero Cinq (where she is on the masthead as special correspondent), Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics, the Missouri Review, and elsewhere. Her completed, as-yet-unpublished collection of essays celebrates the relationship between matter and spirit.

The Lonely Ruralist

Reinhabitation was my dream. But in rural America there’s a chasm between what is real and what is myth.

I lived my entire life to arrive on the farm. Ten years ago this quiet, quiet place had everything I wanted. …

Janisse Ray is the author of five books of literary nonfiction as well as a volume of eco-poetry. Her first book, the best-selling Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (Milkweed Editions, 1999), is a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast. It was a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen by the Georgia Center for the Book as a “Book All Georgians Should Read.” Ray holds an MFA from the University of Montana, where later she was the William Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer for 2014. She is a 2015 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, and she won the 2017 Southern Environmental Law Center Award in journalism for her piece on coal ash, published in The Bitter Southerner: “From Ashes Such as These, What Can Rise?” In 2019 Ray was given the Georgia Author of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers Association.