Jan 22, 2009

Poet Andrea Hollander Budy Interview

I've been working on a interview project with Deborah at 32 Poems magazine, and she kindly allowed me to interview past contributors to the magazine. We will be posting the interviews throughout the coming months, and our first interview posted on Deborah's Poetry Blog of 32 Poems on Jan. 21.

I'm going to provide you with a snippet from the interview, but if you want to read the entire interview, I'll provide you a link for that as well.

For now, let me introduce to you 32 Poems contributor, Andrea Hollander Budy:

1. Not only are you a contributor to 32 Poems, but you also are a teacher and attend quite a number of conferences. What “hat” would you consider the most challenging to wear and why?

Yes, not only do I write, but guide others both as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College and, during the summers, at a variety of writers’ conferences. I also work one-on-one as a long-distance writing tutor (via the mail and telephone). But at all times I wear the same “hat,” because even when I teach others, I do so as a colleague who has enough experience with the craft of creating poems that I can provide insight into the process and help my students or tutees grow stronger as writers and revisers of their own work. Creating one’s own poems is indeed a continual challenge. But whether I am teaching others about this challenge or facing my own blank page, the important point is to enable myself and others to do the best work through continual devotion to doing the work in the first place.

2. Do you have any obsessions that you would like to share?

It’s the writing itself that reveals my deeper obsessions to me. If I am obsessed with anything, it’s with the process of writing itself, with the joy of making discoveries through writing, and with the pleasures of learning through reading the work of others, as well.

3. I noticed that much of your poetry has been categorized as conversational in tone. Do you believe that to be an accurate depiction. Why or why not? Has this always been the style you’ve used?

I have always tried to write as clearly as possible in language that is free of decoration. A poem is already by its nature a dense enterprise — relatively few words attempt to engage readers and provide a compelling experience — and while I don’t wish to write simplistic poems, I do want readers to easily enter a poem and to discover there something valuable not only the first time they read or hear it, but for them to want to enter the poem again and again and to be ushered more deeply into it each time.

About the Poet:

Born in Berlin, Germany, of American parents, raised in Colorado, Texas, New York, and New Jersey, and educated at Boston University and the University of Colorado, Andrea Hollander Budy is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Woman in the Painting, The Other Life, and House Without a Dreamer, which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Other honors include the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize for prose memoir, the Runes Poetry Award, two poetry fellowships the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Arkansas Arts Council. Most recently Budy received the 2008 Subiaco Award for Literary Merit for Excellence in the Writing and Teaching of Poetry.

Want to find out what Andrea's writing space looks like? What music she listens to while she writes? How she stays fit? and much more? Check out the rest of my interview with Andrea here.

8 comments:

Gottawrite Girl said...

Ah me, I WISH I were only obsessed with the process of writing!!

: )

Great interview, Serena, and thank you, Deborah!

Serena said...

GottawriteGirl: I completely agree. I have the same problem...too many obsessions and too little time.

naida said...

great interview serena :)
her poetry collections sounds very good.
http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

Iliana said...

Great interview Serena and thank you for the link to 32 Poems. I hadn't visited before but love finding new poetry sources.

I'll have to read some of Andrea's poetry - I like the way it was described and it sounds like the kind of poetry I like to read.

Serena said...

Iliana: I love how her poems are described. I may have to read her work as well.

Anna said...

I commented on the full review post, but I'll say it here, too. I love your interview questions, especially the one about writing spaces! I'm looking forward to the rest of the interviews.


--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

Anna: Feel free to comment on the full interviews at 32 poems as well.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Your interview has been added to About the Author - An Author Interview Index! ~ Wendi

Again- sorry it has taken me so long to update!!