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Photos by Eian Kantor Writer Joanna C. Valente’s work beholds the body, crafting lines like music to produce surreal, cerebral work. The founding editor-in-chief of Yes, Poetry, the managing editor of Luna Luna Mag, and a Brooklyn Poets instructor, Joanna is as much an author as a teacher. We sat down at Postmark Cafe in Park Slope to chat about Joanna’s intimate poetry, love for metal, and the undeniable wonder of Coney Island. “Poetry really speaks...
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Brooklyn resident Gregory Pardlo is currently at work on a memoir-in-essays, he is a faculty member of the Rutgers University-Camden MFA program and associate editor of Callaloo. His prize-winning collection of poems, Digest, emerged after the birth of his second child: a book about fatherhood, it’s also about history, about scholarship, and pretentious, funny, sad, tender spaces in between. One poem, a review of a fictional how-to book, asks: “How...
Olivia Thirlby is “nowhere near a vegan.” But we’re sitting at a vegan restaurant in the East Village because she loves their shitake mushroom burger (when the waitress tries to take away her plate, she tells her, “I’m actually still eating this, there are pickles”). She also gets a kale, spinach, chard, broccoli and carrot juice for her mother, who texts her during the meal, requesting that she bring one home when she’s finished....

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