Listen and Speak: An AJB Interview with Alessandra Lynch

AJB: What do you believe is the most valuable quality of the speaker in Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment? AL: Her most valuable quality is that she speaks at all.  She allows herself to depict, reflect, agonize and wonder over, lament, sing through, and question the traumatic experience.  She is fortified by memory, time, and […]

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Taking Flight: An AJB Interview with Kristin Robertson

AJB: In this collection, there’s a meshing, a mutation even, of two natural beings: humans and birds, hospitals and habitats. To what end can we no longer argue what constitutes as “natural”? KR: Medicine can feel pretty unnatural. We try to survive in the natural world with techniques and technology. Patients are cut open and put […]

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Into the Swamp: An AJB Interview with Elizabeth Lyons

AJB: American painter and writer Walter Anderson is at the heart of your collection, The Blessing of Dark Water. How did you first discover Walter and his wife, Agnes? What fascinates you most about their stories? EL: In a sense, I grew up with Walter and Agnes. The Anderson family moved to Ocean Springs, MS—my […]

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Reaper: An AJB Interview with Jill McDonough

  AJB: In this collection, man and machine are often juxtaposed but also at times morphing together. Would you say that machines and technology are a part of nature—that they are still derived from alloys and materials from the earth? Why or why not? JM: Sure, they’re part of nature, but less because they are […]

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The 2017 Alice James Award Winner: Announced!

February 28, 2017 We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Alice James Award is Mia Malhotra of San Mateo, California, for her manuscript, When I See You Again, It Will Be with a Different Face. She will receive $2,000 and her collection will be published in ­­­April 2019, as well as an […]

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Introduction to the Madwoman: An Interview with Shara McCallum

AJB: In Madwoman, you write about the different stages of womanhood—from a young child in the beginning of the collection to a middle aged woman at the end. When does the Madwoman begin and is this madness an inevitable trait we gain as we grow? SM: I suspect some forms of ‘madness’ are an inevitable […]

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One on One with Matthew Olzmann

AJB: Death is a recurring theme throughout your collection and is also a part of the cycle of life. That in itself could be considered a contradiction. Can you describe the tension between life and death? MO: Describe the tension life and death! You’re giving me way too much credit if you think I can […]

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One on One with Matthew Nienow: An Interview with AJB

AJB: You speak of your tools with a kind of reverence, like you have a deep, personal connection to them. The many “Odes” to particular tools really demonstrates this. Is there a specific tool that you feel particularly connected to? Why? MN: One of my first tools was a guitar. At 13, I picked up a […]

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AJB Exclusive Interview with Jane Mead

AJB: This collection most broadly follows a singular event, the passing of your mother, but what prompted the decision to have this book formatted into a single poem? JM: Well, it wasn’t really a decision—it was more a development, as is so often the case: poems go their own ways, often surprising ways. In this […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Alice James iOS App

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE:                           April 14, 2016 CONTACT:                  Alyssa Neptune / 207-778-7071 / ajb@alicejamesbooks.org   POETRY PRESS ALICE JAMES BOOKS LAUNCHES BOLD iOS APP Alice James Books receives donation from Follium Partners to create ground-breaking app that provides free access to […]

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