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Eléna Rivera, Brian Teare & Carol Snow

Photo by Sarah Hill  

Photo by Sarah Hill

 

Eléna Rivera was born in Mexico City, and spent her formative years in Paris. She has also lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, Montréal and Providence, Rhode Island. She now resides in New York City. Her new book Scaffolding is available from the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. Other books are: A Test of Labor (work in progress) Labor Poetic Labor! 2: into the archive (Essay Press, 2015), Atmosphered (Oystercatcher Press, 2014), Overture (Metambesen, 2014), On the Nature of Position and Tone (Fields Press, 2012), The Perforated Map (Shearsman Books, 2011), and Remembrance of Things Plastic (LRL e-editions, 2010). She won the 2010 Robert Fagles prize for her translation of Bernard Noël's The Rest of the Voyage (Graywolf Press, 2011) and is a recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation.

photo by Ryan Collerd, courtesy of the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

photo by Ryan Collerd, courtesy of the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Fund for Poetry, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, and the American Antiquarian Society. He is currently a 2015 Pew Fellow in the Arts. He’s the author of five full-length books, The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda-Award-winning Pleasure, Kingsley Tufts finalist Companion Grasses, and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. He’s also published seven chapbooks, most recently Paradise Was Typeset, Helplessness, [ black sun crown ], and SORE EROS. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, he’s now an Assistant Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Interviewer Carol Snow is the author of five collections of poetry including Position Paper: New and Selected Poems from Counterpath Press (Spring 2016); For (University of California Press 2000); and Artist and Model (National Poetry Series, 1990 Poetry Center Book Award, Hol Art Books e-book 2012). Her writing appears in the The Addison Street Anthology, American Hybrid, Lyric Postmodernisms and Poetry 180. Among other honors, Snow has received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in Literature, a Poetry Fund grant, a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Snow lives, works and arranges words and small, mostly indoor objects in her native San Francisco.