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Finding Inspiration & Refusing Cynicism: An Interview with Chen Chen

Chen Chen is the author of Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency, which was published by BOA Editions on September 13, 2022. In his highly anticipated second collection, Chen continues his investigation of family, both blood and chosen, examining what one inherits and what one invents, as a queer Asian American living through an era of Trump, mass shootings, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read on to learn more about Chen and his new poetry collection in this exclusive self-interview!   This is your second book. What makes it different from your first? I think it’s at once more mature and sillier—there’s more grief and rage...

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The Light Beyond Language: An Interview with Renia White

  Renia White is the author of the debut poetry collection Casual Conversation, which was selected by Aracelis Girmay as a Blessing the Boats Selection. The collection was published by BOA Editions on April 19, 2022. Casual Conversation imagines a new way of knowing, a way that encourages us to think through how we structure and stratify ourselves, inviting something strange and other to spill out. White challenges us to question whether there is anything casual about this life, even as she invites us to consider other logics and to think alongside each other. This book gives space to hold what we fear...

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A Spoonful of Nutella and a Caboodle: An Interview with Danni Quintos

Danni Quintos is the author of the debut poetry collection Two Brown Dots, which was selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil as the 20th Poulin Prize winner. This collection was published by BOA Editions on April 12, 2022 and explores what it means to be a racially ambiguous, multiethnic, Asian American woman growing up in Kentucky. Encompassing a whole journey from girlhood to motherhood, Two Brown Dots subverts stereotypes to reclaim agency and pride in the realness and rawness and unprettyness of a brown girl’s body, boldly declaring: We exist, we belong, we are from here, and we will continue to be.  Learn more about the book through this...

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Faces in the Food Lion Parking Lot: An Interview with Erika Meitner

Erika Meitner is the author of Useful Junk, which was published by BOA Editions on April 5, 2022, as well as the BOA collections Holy Moly Carry Me (2018) and Copia (2014). In her newest collection, Meitner takes up the question of desire and intimacy, exploring memory, passion, and the various ways the body sees and is seen. Learn more about Erika and her work through this exclusive self-interview! When did you start writing this book? This book began in the Food Lion parking lot one night in late 2016 when I was sitting in my car, and noticed how many people around me were also sitting in their...

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Interview with Genevieve Hartman, BOA Director of Development & Communications

Have you ever wondered about the staff members that keep BOA running? Well, wonder no more! We’ve created a short interview series so you can get to know the BOA staff. Check out this interview with Genevieve Hartman (She/Her), BOA’s Director of Development & Communications. BOA: Hi Gena! Tell us about your role at BOA! Gena: I’m the Director of Development & Communications. I write grants and manage the social media, handle community outreach and book donations, and organize our yearly fundraiser, Dine & Rhyme. If you send BOA a message on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you'll usually hear back...

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