FDU MFA Alum Eric Paul Interviews MFA Faculty Renee Ashley at Hypertext.
Poet, musician, and FDU MFA alum Eric Paul interviews MFA poetry faculty Renee Ashley at Hypertext. Renee writes:
“Because you’re a lyricist and vocalist, you undoubtedly associate (consciously or unconsciously) the writing with performance and the public. That’s enough to get anyone’s blood to boil. I, on the other hand, associate writing with alone time, introspection, and some sort of alpha-ish associative mindset (at least for first drafts) and dogs lying on my feet. Writing for me is preternaturally private.”
This is a fantastic interview about music, poetry, and friendship. Read more at Hypertext.
Renée Ashley is the author of five volumes of poetry: Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea (Subito Book Prize); Basic Heart (winner of the 2008 X.J.Kennedy Poetry Prize); The Revisionist’s Dream; The Various Reasons of Light; and Salt (Brittingham Prize in Poetry, University of Wisconsin Press), as well as a novel, Someplace Like This, and two chapbooks, The Museum of Lost Wings and The Verbs of Desiring. She has received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in both poetry and prose and a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She served as Assistant Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and, for seven years, as Poetry Editor of The Literary Review. Her new collection, The View from the Body, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2016. Ashley teaches poetry in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Eric Paul is a writer and musician from Providence, Rhode Island. He has been the lyricist and vocalist for the bands Arab On Radar and The Chinese Stars as well as his current band, Doomsday Student. Eric has released two full-length volumes of poetry and lyrics: I Offered Myself As The Sea and A Popular Place To Explode. Both releases offered by Wesley Eisold’s Heartworm Press. In addition, Eric has released two chapbooks: Love In The Monkey Cage and My Parents Were Insects, and two spoken word releases: I Sleep With Their Bones (Bathetic Records) + The Man Who Can’t Say No (Heartworm Press). Eric holds a BFA in Philosophy from Rhode Island College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. His work has also appeared in such places as: New York Observer, Impose Magazine, Ninth Letter, The Volta, Word Riot, Lunch Ticket, Spork, Booth and The Literary Review.
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