Friday, July 02, 2010

Is the print book dead?

Anis Shivani has an interesting article in the Huffington Post that argues for the future of the book in print, and literature in general, as lying with the fearless small presses. It's a series and he invites comment from readers as part of what he plans to address in future articles.

What do you think? Which presses should or should not be mentioned as among the top 25? Is the print book dead with the advent of Kindles, iPads, etc.? I love stashing a small book in my purse to take to a field or park and read. Poetry, of course, or small books about it, like Richard Hugo's delightful Triggering Town. But I know devotees of the Kindle et al delight in having thousands of books tucked in pockets and purses. That does sound like fun, but then I'd have to choose. Sometimes the best part is having only that one little book with you, and no computer.

Monday, June 28, 2010

New Interview at Fringe with Poet Eliot Khalil Wilson

My interview with the author of The Saint of Letting Small Fish Go and This Island of Dogs is up at Fringe, in the new summer issue. I had the chance to ask him about how he became interested in poetry, what it’s like writing as a Southerner and an Arab-American, and how MFA programs have improved poetry.

It was a lot of fun to ask him a variety of questions, simple things like "What is poetry's purpose?" He's a witty, knowledgeable, and wonderful poet. Read him. Buy the books, look him up online. He's going to be a big deal. No kidding.