“I’m always taking notes. I pick up pieces from magazine articles, news stories, radio, television, movies, from conversations with strangers, from eavesdropping on the world. Then, in the quiet, I take stock.”
Writers Recommend, Poets & Writers
“Maybe diversity is the chair in the corner of a vast, white room, in which a small number of us are at times invited to sit. Maybe within that word is the presumption that the room is not ours and we’re being let in.”
Equity in Publishing: What Should Editors Be Doing?, Roundtable, PEN America
"Whether or not I choose to use my work to engage with my history, our history, with our present, our exploits, our misdeeds, that decision feels like a political one."
What We Write About When We Write About, Harriet, The Poetry Foundation
"After midnight, the city's striving starts to slow, the traffic ebbs, the buzz and the rush relent."
The Noise, The Night, Harriet, The Poetry Foundation
"Obviously, we're not in it for the money. We all know the work of poetry is worth much more than that."
Do What You Do, Love What You Love, Harriet, The Poetry Foundation
"I’m more comfortable with poetry being a landscape of shifting sand than a cement lot. I love the possibility and the multiplicity in that."
On My Metatextual Uncertainty, Harriet, The Poetry Foundation
"Anyone who promotes censorship understands the power of words."
"I like to remember that we're not all experiencing the world from the same perch—not seeing the same day—and that's one thing poetry can offer: the opportunity to see the world in a new way."
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club
"I don’t write every day. I’m a very slow writer. I try to BE a writer every day, though, and that happens in lot of ways. It’s about how I move through the world, how I observe and listen."
"Poetry can say all the hard things, all the things that you aren’t supposed to say in polite conversation."
"I tell the truth, but I try to be kind about it."
Words without Borders: The City and the Writer
"I have to leave the city to see the sky again."
The 10th Anniversary of the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, reading & conversation with Camille Rankine & Cornelius Eady at The Strand. (video)
Talus, or Scree: The Poetry & Cruelty Hotline featuring Elisa Gabbert, Eric Baus, Andrea Rexilius, Kelly Forsythe, Bill Carty, Hafizah Geter, Catherine Pierce, Camille Rankine, and Arda Collins. (audio)
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