MINDS ON FIRE: Conduit poets read their Conduit poems. Our field recording team finds the writers in their natural habitats, e.g., beside waterfalls and on dark rainy sidewalks. Sometimes the poets record themselves alone in their rooms.
Elisa Gabbert and Kathleen Rooney present a formidible tag team. Gabbert is a poet and essayist and the author of three collections: L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems, The Self Unstable, and The French Exit. She lives in Denver. Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author of eight books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including the novel O, Democracy! and the novel in poems Robinson Alone. She lives near Lake Michigan. Their collaborations gave Supply & Demand a one-two punch.
Ms. Gregorian is the author of Flying Bark, Navigational Clouds, and Flags for Adjectives. "The Boats They Carried" first appeared in Wonder. (Follow the link to read the poem.) Recently, she made a gif for each letter of the Armenian alphabet. This is her name in Armenian: Ալինա. Alina lives in Brooklyn, around the corner from one of the city's twelve thousand bodegas.
You may have noticed our affection for Dean Young's poetry. We love his language, his wild imagination, his authentic compassion, and his boundless daring. And, in keeping with his free-swinging spirit, Dean reads a new poem.
Elizabeth Onusko is the author of Portrait of the Future with Trapdoor, which received the Bryant-Lisembee Book Prize and was published by Red Paint Hill in spring 2016. She is a founding editor of Guernica. She lives in New York with a toddler and a family of very loud air-conditioners. "Soft Target" first appeared in the Digging Lazarus.
Although he hails from the Buckeye State, Noah Falck now resides near Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. Science tells us that the lake's eastern shore is higher than its western because of the prevailing westerlies, but we suspect it is because of Mr. Falck and his poetry. "Poem Excluding Politics" first appeared in the Wonder issue.
Jeanne Marie Beaumont
The divine Ms. Beaumont co-edited the anthology The Poets' Grimm: Twentieth Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales. She is the author of three scintillating collections of poetry and a denizen of Gotham. "Dear Breathing" and "If" are alive and well in our current issue, Digging Lazarus. "Exit Corpse" first appeared in Extinction.
From high up in the stacks in a library atop the Rockies, Sommer Browning is concocting ways to rearrange the cells in our gray matter. Librarian, poet, artist, and trickster, Ms. Browning is obviously an undercover superhero, which explains her curious crosbow skills. Sommer's poems appear in our notorious and essential money issue.
From her forward operating base in Northeast Minneapolis, longtime friend and ally, Pauls Cisewski batttles the forces of complacency and comformity. Her poem “The Word String Can’t Blister Your Hands” first appeared in Big Bang way back in the twentieth century. Thankfully she returned to our pages in Failing Famously.
Josh Lefkowitz lives and laughs in the hamlet of Brooklyn. If his voice sounds familiar, you may well have heard him on All Things Considered. Really. His poem "I Saw James Tate" first appeared in Last Laugh.
Ms. Bock is the author of Cloisters, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award. "Belief Is a Default Setting" appears in our current issue, Wonder. She lives in Montague, Massachusetts, which some believe to be a suburb of Greenfield.
Joshua Marie Wilkinson
Born and raised in Seattle, Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of seven books of poetry and the editor of Volta. His "Cincinnati Poem" first appeared in Deep Water. He lives in Tucson, which is a long way from both Seattle and Cincinnati.
Matt lives, works, and triumphs in Cincinnati. Mr. Hart is the author of five books of poetry. He is also the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio and a mad muscian. His poem "Radiant Reflection" first appeared in Wonder.
Josefine is a Danish-born writer living in Copenhagen. She is the author of four novels. Her short stories "Fall" and "Grandmother" first appeared in Night Light. She worked with Alexander Weinstein to translate them. Listen to them in both Danish and English.
Ms. Brown is a poet and fiction writer living majestically in the City of the Lakes. She is the author of Year of Morphines, a National Poetry Series winner. Her poem "Lac qui Parle" first appeared in Night Light.
Before hitting paydirt by landing a gig at Conduit, William Stobb was merely a human...and a husband...and a soccer father and a professor and a MC and a riverboat captain, a sex symbol and a poet. Mr. Stobb is the author several books of poetry including Absentia. These two poems first appeared in Out the Door. He lives in La Crosse, down by the river.
Doula, diviner, and poetic aeronaut, Sarah Fox has conjured forth two breathtaking books, most recently, First Flag. She operates the Center for Visionary Poetics from a secret location in the North. "Thanatopsis" can be found in Drunk Genius.
Ms. Ford lives triumphantly wherever she goes. Ford is the author of two amazing books of poetry and the curator of one phenomenal shoe collection. She reads "Mister Hymen, which won the Patricia C. Astor Prize in Poetry and appeared in Drunk Genius,. Terri won the contest so convincingly we retired the prize.
Mr. Gibson resides along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of three books of poetry. Gibson possesses a scooter and an alias. Readings include "Depth Charged" and "For an Object to Float, It Must Displace Matter Equal to Its Weight" from Last Laugh.
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz reads "Hysterical," which first appeared in Bodies in Motion,.
Dieter M. Gräf
Dieter M. Gräf was born in 1960 in Ludwigshafen, Germany and lives in Cologne. He has published three books of poetry, Rauchstudie: Vater + Son, Triebender Kopf, and Westrand. Andrew Shields is a translator and poet living in Switzerland. Hear the poems that appear both in Westrand and our very own Gray Matters read in German and English by Gräf and Shields respectively.
Jorie Graham calls Tomaž Šalamun "one of Europe's great philosophical wonders." Hear Salamun read four poems in Slovenian and English. Hey, you can read along with him in both languages, but you won't top his beautiful renditions. These poems first appeared in Pedestrian.