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Rebecca Foust Part II

April’s conversation with Poet Rebecca Foust continues. Today’s installment looks at what the writer reads.

VAH: Rebecca, Do you have a favorite literary character?

RF: Boo Radley

VAH: Harper Lee’s characters are often mentioned in response to that question. First time for Boo Radley though.

Any favorite authors?

RF: No, I love so many.

VAH: You’re stranded in a snowstorm, stuck on a deserted island. What books would you hope to have with you or find?

RF: Shakespeare and the bible.

VAH: The gamut of emotion there. Love, pain, joy, anger, revenge, hope, redemption, drama, comedy… and would last a while.

What is the most memorable book, story or poem you’ve read?

RF: Well, I just wrote a piece for Poetry Daily on Yeats’s “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death,” and that is the only poem I have ever truly memorized, so let’s say that one.

VAH: I find hope that you’ve only memorized one poem, since I can’t memorize anything.

Do you have a favorite book, poem, or story?

RF: I love the poems of George Herbert, Gerard Manley Hopkins and John Donne. My favorite book of poems is probably Ariel by Sylvia Plath, The House on the Marshland by Louise Gluck or Winter Stars by Larry Levis.

VAH: What author or books keep you up at night because you can’t put them down?

RF:  I recently loved The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes and Donna Tart’s The Goldfinch and The Secret History. I really loved The Old American by Ernest Hebert. Anything by Tobias Wolff is great. I love reading short stories too. Poems take more attention and work and it is hard for me to read them at night with the focus they require.

VAH: Reading poetry at night before bed would probably keep my mind awake, churning the images around. Which reader are you – always finish what you started or put it down and move on if you don’t like it?

RF: Always finish because I am stubborn and not a quitter.

More with Poet Rebecca Foust posting here on days that end in three (or occasionally begin with 3).

In the meantime, enjoy a sampling of her work:

 

Dynamic Response of Multi-Layered Soil Media in the Frequency Domain,” featured on Poetry Daily, 2/1/15

“Biography,” “But What Can Wake You,” and “Eulogy,” published in OmniVerse, Fall 2014

Dream of the Rood” featured on Poetry Daily, 10/2/14

Prodigal,” Valparaiso Poetry Review, Volume XIV, Number 2 (Spring 2013)

Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry.  Molly Peacock calls it “jagged” and “fresh” and Thomas Lux says “There is great music in these poems, and sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not si

beck 2nce Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona.”

Foust’s poems are widely published and appear in current or next issues of the Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, North American Review, Southern Indiana Review, and other journals. Her book reviews and essays have published in American Book Review, Calyx, Chautauqua, Prairie Schooner, and Rumpus, and her essay, “Venn Diagram” won the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Award and appears in the current issue of Malahat Review.

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Rebecca Foust Part I

Three by Five welcomes Poet Rebecca Foust. This installment focuses on writer beginnings.

VAH: Welcome Rebecca Foust to Three by Five! The first question is always – why do you write?

RF: I am impelled to by a pressure from within.

VAH: Why writing and what led you to identify as a writer?

RF: I’ve always been a writer but did not know it till the year I turned 50 and published my first poem and book.

VAH: That certainly gives the many older, emerging writers hope. Any influences with your development as a writer?

RF: So many—women writers like Sharon Olds, Molly Peacock Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, Louise Gluck, and Gwendolyn were all important because in college we studied only Dead White Men and I needed role models to convince me that I could write, too. James Cummins’s book of hilarious and smart linked sestinas based on the Perry Mason TV series was a big source of inspiration for Paradise Drive.

VAH: I think that question is one of my favorites because it so often gives some back story to what the author is doing. For any difficult profession – seeing someone that looks like you that is successful makes such a huge contribution towards successful individual effort. Role models give hope.

What do you remember about your first story or poem?

RF: Don’t recall my first poem but “Mom’s Canoe,” my most widely anthologized poem was the first poem I published, in 2007 the year I turned 50.

VAH: I love the rhythm and music in that poem. Fifty is a milestone and Mom’s Canoe seems to have gotten you off to a fine beginning.

Do you have a favorite piece you’ve written to date?

RF: A very short poem called “Only” written for my son who has Aspergers.

VAH: That poem must be particularly close to your heart.

More with Poet Rebecca Foust posting here on days that end in three.

In the meantime, enjoy a sampling of her work:

Dream of the Rood” featured on Poetry Daily, 10/2/14

Prodigal,” Valparaiso Poetry Review, Volume XIV, Number 2 (Spring 2013)

Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry.  Molly Peacock calls it “jagged” and “fresh” and Thomas Lux says “There is great music in these poems, and sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not si

beck 2nce Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona.”

Foust’s poems are widely published and appear in current or next issues of the Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, North American Review, Southern Indiana Review, and other journals. Her book reviews and essays have published in American Book Review, Calyx, Chautauqua, Prairie Schooner, and Rumpus, and her essay, “Venn Diagram” won the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Award and appears in the current issue of Malahat Review.

Find Rebecca Foust on the web and social media:

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Three by Five Schedule Update

Three by Five has really taken off this year. The author interview series that highlights a different author or indie publishing professional with five questions (usually) over three – five days during a month has filled up 2015! During this year, you’ll find the following authors highlighted here:

Currently in March is Laurie Kolp. Coming in April is poet Rebecca Foust. In May, Poet and Novelist Mariah E. Wilson. In June, Canadian Poet Carol Stephen. In July, Novel and Memoir author Matthew Pallamary. In August, Poet and Non-fiction author Bernadette Geyer. In September, Hiatus. In October, Fiction and Non-fiction writer Sam Slaughter. In November, Novelist and cinematographer Chase J. Jackson. In December, Memoir author Kelly Kittel. Then, welcoming in 2016, January’s Three by Five will host the 2015 Runner-up and Honorable Mention for this year’s Emerging Writer Prize, Caroline Zarlengo Sposto. The February, 2016 Three by Five featured author will be the 2016 Winner of the Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Prize.  In March, Poet Ronnie K. Stephens will lead the rest of 2016. In April 2016, Science Fiction & Fantasy author Edward McKeown.

Don’t let the schedule deter you if interested in being highlighted in the Three by Five interview series. Additionally, occasionally the schedule is open to change in order to highlight an author with a book publishing during a specific month.

Three by Five interviews publish on days that end in three every month. Find out what why an author writes, what inspires them, who they read, and what their writing life is like. Discover their work and maybe find a whole new author to follow and enjoy.

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Three by Five Welcomes Poet Rebecca Foust in April

Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry.  Molly Peacock calls it “jagged” and “fresh” and Thomas Lux says “There is great music in these poems, and sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not sibeck 2nce Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona.”

Foust’s poems are widely published and appear in current or next issues of the Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, North American Review, Southern Indiana Review, and other journals. Her book reviews and essays have published in American Book Review, Calyx, Chautauqua, Prairie Schooner, and Rumpus, and her essay, “Venn Diagram” won the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Award and appears in the current issue of Malahat Review.

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Three by Five Presents Laurie Kolp Part IV Bonus

Welcome back to Three by Five’s conversation with Poet Laurie Kolp. March closes out with some bonus questions about the writing community and a little randomness.

 

VAH: What choices have you made regards to traditional or independent publishing?

LK: Up to this point I have chosen traditional publishing (my first poetry book, Upon the Blue Couch, was published by Winter Goose Publishing). I am a perfectionist and I worry that I’ll mess something up if I try to do it myself.

VAH: What part does social media play in your writing career?

LK: I think it’s very important in getting your name out there and building an online presence is crucial in this day and age.

VAH: Do you belong to writing or author organizations and what benefit have you found in doing so?

LK:  Yes. I’m President of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and am actively involved in the Poetry Society of Texas. I think it’s important for support, critique and fellowship.

VAH: Do you have any favorite online sites or blogs that you find useful or interesting? I love Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides, The Found Poetry Review blog, and Diane Lockward’s monthly newsletters.

 

VAH: Let’s have a little fun. If you had a super power, what would it be and why?

LK: I wish I had the power to spread love throughout the world because then we could all live in peace.

VAH: What is a little known fact about you that will amaze and/or amuse?

LK: One time in junior high I was on my way to a slumber party. My parents stopped at a 7-11 so I could run in and buy candy while they waited for me in the car. When I came out of the store, they watched me get into the wrong car. I must have been in la-la land!

VAH: Three random, non-writing facts about you?

LK: I received a nursing scholarship to the nursing program at the college in my hometown, but wanted so badly to attend Texas A&M University, which didn’t have nursing at the time, that I ditched it after a year and transferred. That first year at A&M, I thought I should choose a degree that would make a lot of money (as if degrees were menu items) so declared business only to nearly fail Economics and Accounting. So I went into teaching. I did this because my sister was a teacher. My mom and grandmother were piano teachers. I knew it wasn’t what I was meant to do though. It wasn’t until I began writing seriously in 2006 that I knew my purpose.

VAH: Favorite quote and why?

LK:  I am nobody, who are you? Emily Dickinson… I just love this quote because I can relate to it on many levels.

 

Thank you Laurie Kolp for participating with Three by Five, the author (and other interesting people) interview series. New interviews publish on days that end in 3 (and sometimes that start with three!)

Enjoy a sampling of her work:

Poems published at Verse Virtual.

What Sunday School Taught Him at Deep Water Literary Journal

Mother, In the Raw at Amarillo Bay

Whirls of Brokenness at Black Heart Magazine

Time Warp at City Lit Rag .

Forbidden Fruit at the Blue Fifth Review.

Social media –
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Upon the Blue Couch is a compelling collection of diverse poems certain to intrigue the reader with its courageous look into one woman’s turbulent journey through adulthood. With a comfortable blue couch as the common thread throughout the years, we are shown all the highs and lows of life while some things remain a constant source of peace. This blue couch, if only it could talk, may just reveal the secrets to happiness based on the experiences it has unwittingly been a part of.FINAL BlueCouch_FlatForeBooks[1]

 

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Three by Five Presents Laurie Kolp Part III

Part III with Laurie Kolp

VAH: Is writing vocation, occupation, or profession?

LK: Hmm… I seem to think it’s a little of all three. It takes dedication, time and determination to get through all the hills and valleys.

VAH: Like the valley of writers block? When the page is blank what gets you writing?

LK: I’ll write a found poem, or use word lists to get me started. I once painted a picture when I was in a drought and it did wonders with my creativity. Sometimes I must fool my muse.

 VAH: The imagery of drought for when the writing isn’t flowing is rich. How do you approach a working on a new piece of writing – what’s your process?

LK: I’ll write the rough draft and begin working on a second the same day. The next few days I work on it until I think it might be ready (because no poem of mine ever seems finished). Then I don’t look at it for a week, maybe two or three. That’s when the real editing begins.

 VAH: I’ve noticed that the more experienced writers that take part in Three by Five all comment on the importance of revision, often similar to as you have. The real work starts after the initial drafts.

What does your typical writing day include?

 LK: My schedule varies. I write best in the morning, so I’ll sit at my computer for several hours. Then I take a break… go to the gym, run errands, etc. After lunch I’m back at it until it’s time to go get the kids from school. I’ll start back up in the evening. Of course, within those times, I’ll check Facebook, Twitter, etc. I’ll read poems and research venues for publication.

 VAH: You’ve been at this a while. So what words of wisdom do you have for the emerging writer?

LK: Find a critique group for support. Don’t get discouraged by rejections because we all get them. Keep on keeping on and your hard work will eventually pay off.

 

There you have it! More with Poet Laurie Kolp at the end of the month when we have some bonus questions.

Enjoy a sampling of her work:

Poems published at Verse Virtual.

What Sunday School Taught Him at Deep Water Literary Journal

Mother, In the Raw at Amarillo Bay

Whirls of Brokenness at Black Heart Magazine

Time Warp at City Lit Rag .

Forbidden Fruit at the Blue Fifth Review.

Social media –
Website
Twitter
Facebook

Upon the Blue Couch is a compelling collection of diverse poems certain to intrigue the reader with its courageous look into one woman’s turbulent journey through adulthood. With a comfortable blue couch as the common thread throughout the years, we are shown all the highs and lows of life while some things remain a constant source of peace. This blue couch, if only it could talk, may just reveal the secrets to happiness based on the experiences it has unwittingly been a part of.FINAL BlueCouch_FlatForeBooks[1]

 

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Three by Five Presents Laurie Kolp Part II

 Back for with Laurie Kolp with the second installment of this month’s Three by Five, which focuses on what the writer reads.

L. Kolp on Blue Couch

VAH: Laurie, do you have a favorite literary character?

LK: Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

VAH: What would you say is the most memorable book you’ve read?

LK:  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It touched me on many levels and has a universal message that should never be forgotten. Things aren’t ever as they seem.

VAH: That is so true.

VAH: And a favorite author?

LK: Roald Dahl

VAH: Ooooo, Dahl is one of my all-time favorites also!

LK: I fell in love with him when I taught second grade. I love his imagination and quirky characters.

VAH: Dahl is a great author for kids. My mom read him to us every year. But he has some dark stuff for adults too.

Do you have another favorite book, poem, or story?

LK: Praise Song for Today, Praise Song for Struggle by Elizabeth Alexander.

VAH: That was read at President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.

LK: I love this poem because I think the mightiest word should be love, too.

For more with Laurie Kolp, return on days that end in three during the month of March.

Enjoy a sampling of her work:

Mother, In the Raw at Amarillo Bay

Whirls of Brokenness at Black Heart Magazine

Time Warp at City Lit Rag .

Forbidden Fruit at the Blue Fifth Review.

Social media –
Website
Twitter
Facebook

Upon the Blue Couch is a compelling collection of diverse poems certain to intrigue the reader with its courageous look into one woman’s turbulent journey through adulthood. With a comfortable blue couch as the common thread throughout the years, we are shown all the highs and lows of life while some things remain a constant source of peace. This blue couch, if only it could talk, may just reveal the secrets to happiness based on the experiences it has unwittingly been a part of.FINAL BlueCouch_FlatForeBooks[1]

 

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After SFWC – Kristen Falso Capaldi

Last month, Kristen Falso Capaldi, the recipient of the Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Prize 2015, spent a weekend in San Francisco at the San Francisco Writers Conference. Read about her adventure at the conference. On her blog, she writers:

“Many writers will attest to this: It’s hard to say “I’m a writer” without feeling like some kind of fraud. It’s so much easier to say I’m a teacher, a baker, candle-stick maker (well, maybe not the last one). And while none of us should be in it for the rewards, rewards certainly don’t hurt.

So when I received the exciting news that I won the Victoria Hudson Emerging Writer Prize, I was just a bit more than ecstatic. Winning this scholarship to attend the 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference meant a great deal to me. “Yippee!” I shouted to no one in particular. “I am a writer-albeit in a mostly unpaid-wallpapering-my-house-with-rejections kind of way- but I’m a writer.” After four days jam-packed with eye-opening and inspiring sessions, where I met cool, interesting people who are toiling away at a plethora of amazing projects, I declare that nobody should be afraid to admit to being a writer. In fact, get a t-shirt or a tattoo. Get both.”

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Three by Five Presents Laurie Kolp Part I

DSC04737VAH: Welcome Laurie Kolp! Glad to have you participating with Three by Five. The first question and what I think in many ways is one of the most interesting is why do you write?

LK: I write because it’s like breathing to me. It’s not only like breathing, it’s talking. I’ve always been quiet and never felt comfortable voicing my thoughts/feelings when growing up. Writing enabled me to do that and still does. It’s a cleansing process for me; letting out all that’s floating around in my head gives me a sense of freedom. I always feel better after getting things down on paper. Don’t we all share a need to express ourselves in one way or the other? For me, it’s poetry.

VAH: The fabric of your being. Let’s discuss why did you became a writer?

LK: I started writing before the age of 10 as a way to escape and express my thoughts… also, to appease my overactive imagination. I don’t think I felt like an “official” writer until I was published. The first place I ever shared my poetry online was at Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides. There I met some wonderful poet friends and thirteen of us formed a group we called the Baker’s Dozen where we wrote daily to prompts and encouraged one another.

VAH: I’ve had a similar internal conversation – I’m not writing, am I still a writer? Haven’t published in a while, am I still a writer? That sentiment seems to be part of the development process. Any influences on your development as a writer?

LK: There have many along the way, but two very special ladies- Diane and Mary- are the ones who really pushed me to write my story and supported me the whole way through.

VAH: So – your first written creation – what was it?

LK: When I was a kid, I kept a journal chapter book. It was about two best friends who lived in a beach town and all their little adventures.

VAH: That might be an interesting read. Reminds me of my own first story about a gigantic chicken wanting to take over the world. What is the favorite piece you’ve written to date?

LK: The Tryst, which published in the 2015 Poet’s Market.

VAH: I so enjoyed reading that!

 

For more with Laurie Kolp, return on days that end in three during the month of March.

Enjoy a sampling of her work:

Time Warp at City Lit Rag .

Forbidden Fruit at the Blue Fifth Review.

Social media –
Website
Twitter
Facebook

Upon the Blue Couch is a compelling collection of diverse poems certain to intrigue the reader with its courageous look into one woman’s turbulent journey through adulthood. With a comfortable blue couch as the common thread throughout the years, we are shown all the highs and lows of life while some things remain a constant source of peace. This blue couch, if only it could talk, may just reveal the secrets to happiness based on the experiences it has unwittingly been a part of.FINAL BlueCouch_FlatForeBooks[1]

 

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Three by Five Welcomes Back Trish Hopkinson with Three by Five Part IV

 Today wraps up the conversation with Poet Trish Hopkinson.

TH1VAH: What words of wisdom do you have for the emerging writer?

TH: The same I’ve been told by so many writers and professors—read more, write more. Beyond that, I like to share any other writing tips I come across and typically post them on my poetry blog.

VAH: What part does social media play in your writing career?

TH: It plays a much larger part than I originally expected. I follow the blogs and Facebook pages of lit mags and journals I like most, stay in touch with literary organizations, learn about opportunities from other poets and writers, post my publication successes, share poetry and other writing tips, promote fellow poets, and otherwise use my blog to support poetry and writing.

VAH: Do you belong to writing or author organizations and what benefit have you found in doing so?

TH: I am a member of the League of Utah Writers. So far, I’ve had too many conflicts to attend their meetings and gatherings, but I plan to attend their conference later this year and they have been supportive of work.

VAH: Do you have any favorite online sites or blogs that you find useful or interesting?

TH: Many! My favorite for inspiration and learning about new things is Brainpickings. They are constantly putting out new articles on a wide variety of topics. I also have several listed on my blog under Writing Resources, but my favorites are probably ErikaDreifus.com, The Review Review, and Winning Writers.

VAH: What was your writing education (formal or informal, structured or self-developed, etc.) and what were the pros and cons of your experiences?

TH: I was a nontraditional college student and spent several years taking one class at a time to gradually work toward my Bachelor of Science degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis. Once my children got older I was able to take up to three classes at a time and finally graduated in December 2013. I’m now just staying active in continuing that education by writing, reading, and learning whenever I can—I call it a personal MFA. I may, at some point, discover I need a more formal community to continue progressing as a writer, but for now, I take an occasional workshop class online with Rooster Moans, go to a weekly open mic, and stay in touch with as many poets and writers as I can to build my writing community. Getting my undergrad really gave me all the tools I needed to continue learning and developing as a writer on my own. I don’t think I would have been able to learn all my education provided nearly as quickly on my own and I met some incredible writers and friends along the way.

VAH: Writing conferences, retreats, seminars – any favorites and why?

TH: I’d like to attend a writing conference at least once a year, but since this was my first year out of school, I haven’t had a chance to do so. I will likely check out everything I can locally before travelling to go to others.

Thanks so very much Trish for participating with Three by Five. For more of her published work, visit her publication list.

Bonus question: Three random, non-writing facts about you?

TH: I am a beer connoisseur, I have run two half marathons, and I volunteer at the Sundance Film Festival, 2015 will be my second year.

Provo, Utah poet Trish Hopkinson contributes to the writing community with her blog where she shares interesting writing tips, articles, calls for submissions (no fee only), and other info to help promote writing and poetry in general. She has always loved words—in fact, her mother tells everyone she was born with a pen in her hand. She has two chapbooks Emissions and Pieced Into Treetops and has been published in several anthologies and journals, including The Found Poetry ReviewChagrin River Review, and Reconnaissance Magazine. She is a project manager by profession and resides in Utah with her handsome husband and their two outstanding children. You can follow her poetry adventures online at her website, or Facebook or visit her on Linkedin.

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