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?


AmyMacAmy MacLennan’s work has been published in Cimarron ReviewConnotation PressFolioHayden’s Ferry ReviewLinebreakPoet’s MarketRiver StyxSouth Dakota ReviewSpillwayThe Pedestal Magazine, and Wisconsin Review. She sits on the board of Chautauqua Poets & Writers in Ashland, OR. Amy is the Editor of Cascadia Review, the Managing Editor of The Cortland Review, and a poetry editor for Bone Bouquet. She has published two chapbooks: Weathering (Uttered Chaos Press, 2012), and The Fragile Day (Spire Press, 2011). She was featured in July, 2016, on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor and in September, 2016, on Verse Daily. Her full-length collection, The Body, A Tree, was published by MoonPath Press in April, 2016.

Upcoming readings:

Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Inland Poetry Prowl, Ellensburg, WA

Friday, April 28, 2017, 1pm.
KSKQ radio interview, Ashland, OR
Sunday, July 9, 2017, 7pm.
Studio Series, Stonehenge Studios, Portland, OR
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 7pm .
First Draft Writers’ Series, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR

Original music and artwork by Karl R. Powell.

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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?


IMG_2308-2.jpgMarion Deutsche Cohen is the author is 27 books, poetry and prose. Her latest three were published in 2016: What I’m Wearing Today (dancing girl press), Closer to Dying (WordTech Editions), and Truth and Beauty (WordTech Editions. The latter is about the interaction among students and teacher in her course Mathematics in Literature, which she developed and teaches at Arcadia University in Glenside PA.

Among her other books include Crossing the Equal Sign, and two memoirs of spousal chronic illness.

Other interests are classical piano, singing, Scrabble, thrift-shopping. She has four grown children, and two grandchildren.

Please see Marion’s website for more of her writing.

Poems read in the podcast are from her newest collection Truth and Beauty, which is available from WordTech Editions.

(My apologies for the quality of this recording. I do not know why the Skype recording quality is lower than previous interviews.)


Original music and artwork by Karl R. Powell.

Please subscribe through Soundcloud,  iTunes or your podcast app. Consider liking the Facebook page, to help spread the word. And, lastly, if you want to suggest a writer I should interview, please Get In Touch.