This Choice: Nicole Rollender

This Choice is Who You Are has been my mantra these past years: a mantra for becoming the person I want to be. I believe that choosing to live with the attention that poetry demands is a good start.

In the podcasts, I look to other artists to learn from their experiences.

I ask poets how their work with poetry influences the choices they make in their daily lives, and how these, in turn, affect their sense of self and their relationships.

How are they using the experience of art to shape The Good Life for themselves?


Courtesy: Rick Urbanowski Photography

Nicole Rollender’s first full-length poetry collection, Louder Than Everything You Love (ELJ Editions), was published in late 2015. She’s the author of the poetry chapbooks Arrangement of Desire (Pudding House Publications), Absence of Stars (dancing girl press & studio), Ghost Tongue (Porkbelly Press), and Bone of   My Bone, a winning manuscript in Blood Pudding Press’s 2015 Chapbook Contest.


Her work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, The Journal, Memorious, Radar Poetry, PANK, Salt Hill Journal, Thrush Poetry Journal, Word Riot and West Branch, among others. She’s the recipient of poetry prizes from CALYX Journal, Princemere Journal and Ruminate Magazine. She earned her MFA in poetry at the Pennsylvania State University. She’s the editor of Wearables and executive director of professional development at the Advertising Specialty Institute. This year, she was named one of FOLIO’s Top Women in Media. Visit her online at 


Poems read or referred to in the podcast:

In the Silence After the Other Driver T-Boned Our Car, I Looked Into the Rear-View Mirror to See if My Children Were Alive” by Nicole Rollender

Eating Honey” by Nicole Rollender

Little Father” from Book of My Nights by Li-Young Lee

Original music and artwork by Karl R. Powell.

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