Chris Martin with J’Lyn Chapman’s “Mind Moving” Class


JKS is very pleased to announce the debut of a new series of interviews that will be featured on The Conversant! The series is curated by J’Lyn Chapman: 

In this series, my writing students from Naropa University interview professional writers whose work we’ve read in class. Each student composes one or two questions, which I then send to the writer. While neither this pedagogy nor its publication is unique, the immediacy of online publishing as well as the interviews’ course-specific context is. Because students’ questions are anonymous and reflect their individual concerns as writers and scholars, rather than gauge the interests of an audience, these interviews are simultaneously communal and personal. For this reason, I call the series, simply, Questions for Answers.

The first interview is with Chris Martin.

Chris Martin is the author of American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007) and Becoming Weather (Coffee House Press, 2011). He is also the author of several chapbooks, including How to Write a Mistake-ist Poem (Brave Men, 2011), enough (Ugly Duckling, 2012), and the serially released CHAT (Flying Object, 2012). He is an editor at Futurepoem books, where he curates the response blog Futurepost. He lives in Iowa City with his wife, the poet Mary Austin Speaker, with whom he co-wrote the play, I AM YOU THIS MORNING AND YOU ARE ME TONIGHT.