A poem of mine is up for a National Magazine Award. The poem is called “Talking w/humans is my only way to learn,” & takes its title from Microsoft’s twitter bot, Tay. That phrase was her mantra in the 24 hours she was… Awake? Alive?
The poem was originally published in The Puritan by guest editor Sonnet L’Abbé, in the Irish journal Banshee, & it’s in my chapbook from last fall, Summer. Enormous gratitude to these publishers & editors.
There are so many great poems on this list, & I am happy to call many of these talented poets my friends.
O hai! I have some news. This Magazine just hired me as the new poetry editor. I’ll be trying hard to keep up w/the great work Dani Couture has been doing there for years. The incoming fiction editor is the excellent Andrew Battershill. You might know this already, but This Magazine has been in print since 1966, & has published some of Canada’s most important & progressive writers.
Some words about Ocean Vuong, Scarborough, Sassy magazine, HMV, Sun Ra, Hawaii, etc, etc. Enormous thanks to Jane Hodgkinson (interviewer) & Adèle Barclay (editor), & the rest of the Rusty Toque crew.
“These poems are coded emergency & emergent code: hail, cut glass, cathedrals, systems, skeletons, & scorched earth. Stevie Howell has found a fault line underwriting Reality & turned this fissure, this terrible brokenness, into a lens. She sees the queasy, exact particular & can phase from its contours into metaphysics & back before we can see the ground shifting. An astonishing debut. An astonishing collection, full stop.”
— Ken Babstock, author of Methodist Hatchet
I’ve got a new poem is about my first job—at Arby’s—in an Irish journal called Southword. Also mentioned in the poem: The Smiths, The Exploited, Charlie Chaplin, a book/film by John Irving (The Hotel New Hampshire), & a book/film by Christopher Bram (Gods & Monsters).
Really happy to say that I’ve got a poem in the latest (January/February 2017) issue of Boaat Journal.
I have to thank Shane McCrae & Sean Shearer for including me in their excellent publication.
You can read the whole thing here, online.