Category: Elsewhere


Hi Volta Blog readers. Here are some things from around the web that we wanted to share with you.

• An interview with The Volta founding editor Joshua Marie Wilkinson, over at Entropy, about running the small press Letter Machine Editions.

• A review of Danny Snelson’s recent work of conceptual poetry, Epic Lyric Poem at Queen Mob’s Teahouse.

• At Table Talk, an interview with Charles Berstein, & some poems, too

• Over at Asympote, an interview with the Ilan Stavans, founder of Restless Books, a press that focuses on works in translation.


some links to things:

some of Diane di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters at The New Inquiry

Meara Sharma interviews Claudia Rankine at Guernica

an open letter to white poets from Danez Smith

Bernadette Mayer on writing traditional forms

the Best Books of 2014 next door at The Volta


new books:


Cold Genius by Aaron Kunin // Fence Books




Kern by Derek Beaulieu // Les Figues Press




Hannibal Barca by Adhemar Ahmad // Ugly Duckling Presse




The Dead Girls Speak in Unison by Daniell Pafunda // Coconut Books




Then Air by Mark Francis Johnson // Gauss PDF


all books, with the exception of Then Air, are also available from Small Press Distribution

ELSEWHERE (sort of): The Volta Book of Poets


The Volta Book of Poets (Sidebrow 2015) is now available from Small Press Distribution

Edited by the generous sovereign of all things Volta, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, The Volta Book of Poets “gathers together the work of 50 talented poets of disparate backgrounds and traditions, providing a constellation of the most exciting, innovative poetry evolving today.”

Buy that shit


there are some cool things happening on the internet:

Rachel Zolf writes on Juliana Spahr’s The Transformation over at Lemon Hound

A great profile on Ammiel Alcalay, written by Cole Heinowitz, is up at the Boston Review

Maria Damon writes on poetic isolation and collective clumsiness at Jacket2

Lucy Ives on disingenuity at the Poetry Foundation blog

Hans Ulrich Obrist’s list of ten things you need to know about now at Vogue


new books out:

Letters & Buildings by Thomas Hummel — Subito Press

Diana’s Tree by Alejandra Pizarnik — Ugly Duckling Presse

Ending in Planes by Ruth Ellen Kocher — Noemi Press

Essay Stanzas by Thomas Meyer — The Song Cave

One is None by Katlin Kaldmaa — A Midsummer Night’s Press


here are a few links to poetry things happening elsewhere online:

THE VOLTA BLOG’s own Caleb Beckwith interviews J. Gordon Faylor, of Gauss PDF, next door at The Conversant

Sueyeun Juliette Lee reviews Dawn Lundy Martin’s Life in a Box is a Pretty Life at Constant Critic

Jake Kennedy reviews Lisa Robertson’s Cinema of the Present at Lemon Hound

Some new poems from Nico Peck are up at Elective Affinities

Tom Trudgeon’s N [Ok] is up at

Lonely Christopher now has an author page at PennSound