20th Apr 2019

Where the Light Gets In: Slam Poetry Artist Zachary Kluckman on single parenthood, depression, and the power of art-making in community

Before I knew it, I was working with undocumented students, and people in recovery, activists, artists, even elected officials. All of this because I started writing poetry.

15th Jan 2019
John Stanazzi

Let Me Tell You About My Father…

I invited some of the special people I know ~ from poets whose work has appeared in Combustus magazine to a dancer friend of mine who immigrated from Hungary ~ to share with us some of the wisdom they’ve received over the years from their fathers as well as what has been passed on to their own children.

24th Jun 2016

Now We Bow Our Heads: Interview with Poet Ralph Pennel

But I believe that we all, at the very least, should have some. Beauty, that is. Maybe even just a little more. That even in a poem about beauty we must be moved to see its two sure hands and how our own fit perfectly inside them.

16th Jun 2016
Jonathan Mechanicus

The Ungraspable Shadow

"If you look at my work, you will notice I hide my models a lot. And because I hide them. I am able to show more.” ~ Photographer Jonathan Mechanicus, Netherlands

22nd Nov 2015

The Natural Tension Between Creativity and Constraints

"Math is inseparable from nature, from us; and, as the search for numbers went on for thousands of years, numbers represent the human search for knowledge. "

19th Apr 2014

Sam Roxas-Chua, Eugene, Oregon: “Poetry is a Raft”

"Poetry is a raft for me. A safe raft that allows me to go into great depth and explore all the scary stuff. To make sense of what happened. Because if I wasn't able to make sense of what happened, I would be mute."

25th Jan 2014

John L. Stanizzi, Poet: “Teaching didn’t do anything for my soul. It gave me a soul.”

"Teaching didn’t do anything for my soul. It gave me a soul."

18th Oct 2013

Penelope Scambly Schott: “It is the human condition to be in love with language”

More women than you might think have turned to prostitution to survive; sometimes it’s called marriage.

11th Oct 2013

The Place for Unhappiness: Interview with Bulgarian poet, Peycho Kanev

I am part of the Balkan tradition. All of these dark memories are part of me, they are inside my blood, inside my mind. They dwell inside me. And, of course, they become part of my poetry, too.

21st Sep 2013

Censorship and the Sins of Omission: The Plight of the Independent Presses

But there is another type of book banning – a banning by omission, rather than commission – that goes unnoticed. Marketplace censorship, the de facto banning of books by independent presses that don’t have advertising budgets, or distribution deals with one of the few book distributors who have a virtual monopoly on distributing to bookstores and libraries.

21st Sep 2013

Postcard From Pakistan: Cross-Cultural Friendships Drown Out the Silencing

Many American friends might be even surprised to know that despite a big public outcry about US drone attacks and high civilian casualties, a large number of Pakistanis don't blame or hate the American people. They understand that Americans are as much victims of this present 'war' as we are. This understanding, this acceptance, is born of the deep spirituality permeating most of our society.

21st Sep 2013

Censorship in the High School: Missing the Point About What We Deem Offensive

This was no student vandal...much worse. This was the work of one of my colleagues.

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