On this Lit Show, Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumni Dan Beachy-Quick and Sally Keith discuss their recent collections, their relationship as fellow poets and readers of one another’s work, and their relationship to Iowa City.
Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of several books, spanning the realms of poetry, collaboration, essay, and philosophical inquiry. His most recent book, Works from Memory, is a collaboration with Matthew Goulish that interrogates “the nature of memory, of the book, and of authorship in pages one hesitates to label as merely criticism, memoir, or lyric,” according to Robert Archambeau. Beachy-Quick is also the author of Circle’s Apprentice, This Nest, Swift Passerine, and other poetry collections, and his collections of essays include A Whalers Dictionary, and Wonderful Investigations. He currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado where he teaches at Colorado State University in the Creative Writing Program.
Sally Keith is the author of a delighting handful of poetry collections. These include Design, which was the winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry, Dwelling Song, and most recently The Fact of the Matter (available through Milkweed Editions). Rare is the poet with such grace in twining the world to the body, the corymb to the stained hand. Of The Fact of the Matter, Martin Corless-Smith writes, “These poems are the still moments between actions; time slowed to its instants, then silently reassembled, so that a thousand years ago is yesterday…. Herein is purest magic.” Keith currently resides in the ether between Washington, D.C. and Fairfax, Virginia. She teaches Creative Writing at George Mason University.
Interview by Grant Souders.