Poetry Favorites: Stacey Balkun

Who is your favorite living poet?

Beth Ann Fennelly. Beth Ann’s work and teaching are both electric.

Who is your favorite dead poet?

Adrienne Rich

What is favorite poem of all time?

I’m not sure I can answer this faithfully, but the poem I’ve returned to the longest (probably because it was one of the first poems I’d ever read) is “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Current book of poetry you can’t get out of your mind?

Jamaal May’s Hum. Every poem is so strong, and, as a collection, it’s just stunning.

Best live, or audio, poetry reading you can remember.

Muzzle/Vinyl Poetry reading at AWP Seattle in 2014. Each reader was phenomenal, and everyone in the room seemed to recognize that we were all a part of something special.

Stacey Balkun received her MFA from Fresno State and her work has appeared or will appear in Muzzle, THRUSH, Bodega, and others. She is a contributing writer for The California Journal of Women Writers. In 2013, she served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sometimes, she posts things at stacey-balkun.tumblr.com.

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