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BOA Editions Author, Renia White, at Château de Lavigny: A Transformative Residency

Renia White, an accomplished poet and creative non-fiction writer based in Brooklyn, NY, recently experienced a month-long residency at the Château de Lavigny in Switzerland, from May 28 to June 24, 2024. Renia, who has a BA from Howard University and an MFA from Cornell University, is the author of the poetry collection Casual Conversation (BOA Editions Ltd., 2022), which was selected for the Blessing the Boats award. Her work has been featured in notable publications such as NO NIIN, The Recluse, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series. Anticipation and Arrival Renia’s excitement for the residency was palpable...

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We Adore These Bodies Until They Are Gone: An Interview with Joe Baumann

 Joe Baumann’s is the author of three collections of short fiction, Sing With Me at the Edge of Paradise, The Plagues, and Hot Lips.  His fiction and essays have appeared in Third Coast, Passages North, Phantom Drift, and many others.  He possesses a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.  He was a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction. His debut novel, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, is forthcoming from Deep Hearts YA.  He can be reached at  In the following self-interview with Joe Baumann, learn more about the author's thoughts around queerness, inspiration, and new projects! Super Secret Identity Interviewer: If you had to...

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"My trans brothers and sisters, / no one should have to die for this." : An Interview with Subhaga Crystal Bacon

   NOTE: We first accidentally published an outdated version of this interview; it has since been updated with the correct information. Subhaga Crystal Bacon's first poetry collection, Elegy with a Glass of Whiskey (BOA, 2003), was awarded the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications in the United States and Canada, and she has presented essays on Elizabeth Bishop in Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, and Ouro Preto, Brazil.  In addition, she has advised a college literary magazine, developed creative writing curricula, and judged academic and small press contests. Her third collection, Transitory, is...

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"There are worse ways to be a person. / I was speaking for myself.": A Conversation with Willie Lin

 Willie Lin was born in Beijing, China and lives and works in Chicago, IL. Her poems have appeared in Bennington Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Threepenny Review, among other journals. She’s the author of the chapbooks Lesser Bird of Paradise (MIEL) and Instructions for Folding (Northwestern University Press), winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize, and has received fellowship and scholarship support from Kundiman and the Summer Workshop Program at the Fine Arts Work Center. In the following self-interview with Willie Lin, learn more about the author's thoughts around dislocation, the pastoral, and grief! This book speaks to, in part, a sort of lived-through dislocation: from family, from history,...

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"You erase / everything written before you": An Interview Between Scarlett Peterson and Danielle Cadena Deulen

  Danielle Cadena Deulen is a writer, professor, and podcaster. Originally from the Northwest, she now lives in Atlanta where she teaches for the graduate creative writing program at Georgia State University. Her most recent poetry collection, Desire Museum, is out now from BOA Editions. Her previous collections include Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us, winner of the Barrow Street Book Contest and Lovely Asunder, which won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize and the Utah Book Award. Her memoir, The Riots, won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award. She has been the recipient of an Oregon Literary...

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