“There isn’t a revelation”: An Interview with Ryan Teitman

by Jacob Sunderlin, co-editor of poetry Listen up:  Ryan Teitman is writing the kind of poems you sometimes hear about but rarely see, poems in which the usual becomes unusual.  He’s going places, and was kind enough to correspond with me via email about his exciting new poem “Viola, Bound" from the forthcoming issue of Sycamore … Continue reading “There isn’t a revelation”: An Interview with Ryan Teitman

“the unattainable…rising on the tips of forks:” Mary Ruefle’s Selected Poems

By Matthew Kilbane Mary Ruefle writes delectable poems. In celebration of her Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), grab a clean plate and stroll this buffet of poetic nourishment. Because you may not know it yet, but you’re most certainly hungry. Item #1: Rhetoric Ruefle has a rhetorical streak. Her speakers love the utterance, and her … Continue reading “the unattainable…rising on the tips of forks:” Mary Ruefle’s Selected Poems

“Put some blood in the letter”: An Interview with Weston Cutter

by Jacob Sunderlin, Co-Editor of Poetry Like every beer drinker with a couple folders of poems, I just got back from AWP.  Happy to report that I am operational, minus brain cells.  Among the learnable things at such a venue as AWP: how many people there are running around writing poetry and fiction.  Weston Cutter … Continue reading “Put some blood in the letter”: An Interview with Weston Cutter

“the past, the color pink”: An Interview with David Trinidad

by Jacob Sunderlin, Co-Editor of Poetry When I was seventeen, I ganked the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry from the public library and found three poems by David Trinidad anthologized between Bob Kaufman and Woody Guthrie.  This was—to my mind—pretty much the coolest thing ever.  In his newly-published and completely-addictive Dear Prudence: New and Selected … Continue reading “the past, the color pink”: An Interview with David Trinidad

Total Absorption and Abandon in LAMB: An interview with debut novelist Bonnie Nadzam

by Conor Broughan, Fiction Editor Bonnie Nadzam was born in Cleveland, went to high school in suburban Chicago, and has moved continually westward since then. She studied English literature and environmental studies at Carleton College, and earned an MA and PhD from the University of Southern California. Her fiction and poetry have been published in … Continue reading Total Absorption and Abandon in LAMB: An interview with debut novelist Bonnie Nadzam

“What fun we’ll have, amid such pidgeons!”: Rimbaud in Translation

by Jacob Sunderlin, Co-Editor of Poetry One hundred and fifty-seven years ago today, a  provocateur was born in France.  Arthur Rimbaud—published by fifteen, retired by twenty, dead by forty—wrote famously in 1871: “I’m now making myself as scummy as I can. Why? I want to be a poet, and I’m working at turning myself into … Continue reading “What fun we’ll have, amid such pidgeons!”: Rimbaud in Translation

Joe B. Sills: A Minefield of Concussive but Potentially Enlightening Moments

Conor Broughan, Fiction Editor The editors at Sycamore Review were thrilled when judge Antonya Nelson chose Joe B. Sills story “The Duck” as the 2011 Wabash Fiction prize winner. Nelson said of the story, “This story stands out for being both entirely original, and entirely paying homage to the father of short story writers, Anton Chekhov. … Continue reading Joe B. Sills: A Minefield of Concussive but Potentially Enlightening Moments

The Audio Files: An Interview with Julia Story and Jessica Anthony

Novelist Jessica Anthony, author of The Convalescent, and poet Julia Story, author of Post Moxie, are two up-and-coming writers who have both recently published their first books. They sat down with Purdue University’s Visiting Writers Series Coordinator Kristin Griffin and Assistant Director of Creative Writing Jessica Farquhar before a live audience in October to discuss … Continue reading The Audio Files: An Interview with Julia Story and Jessica Anthony