Farewell to “The Poppy - An Interview Series”

“THE POPPY - An Interview Series” has come to a close. Hothouse Magazine is ending its time online. Not to worry, though. All of the interviews have been archived here.

I've loved the procession of writers, artists, filmmakers, and dancers who've talked so openly about their work, how the world inspires and distracts, what they are caught up in and look forward to. And so, many thanks to all of them!

Yolanda Franklin, Andrew Lam, Jennifer Genest, Jamel Brinkley, Marlene Robbins, David Covey, Eliza T. Williamson, Matthew Draughter, Sharon Millar, Amy Wright, A.W. Sprague II, JoeAnn Hart, Emilie Staat, Brad Richard, Tim Watson, Brian R. Hauser and Christina Xydias, Claudia Zuluaga, Augusta Thomson, Bich Minh Nguyen, Susanna J. Mishler, Annie Bleecker, Kelly Magee and Carol Guess, and CJ Hauser.

I'll continue working on interviews with writers and artists at Newfound Journal, one or two in each issue - Autumn, Winter, and Spring. On October 1st Newfound's Autumn 2014 issue will be live with an interview with Luke B. Goebel about his novel, Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours. The book is astounding, and the interview is wild, just like Luke. And in the Winter issue John Carr Walker will talk about the stories of Repairable Men, a beautiful collection that closes in on characters and their newly realized desires.

Back when I was a baby girl, just out of college, the chief editor of a magazine in New Orleans told me to go out into the world, talk to some folks, write up the words, and just maybe they'd publish them. I was far too shy and didn't follow her advice. And now, after all this time, look what's happened. I just can't stop talking to folks. Took me a while to find the way, and I'm so glad I did.

The Poppy Becomes a Hothouse Flower

THE POPPY: AN INTERVIEW SERIES is moving to a big, bright venue. I've been invited to write a regular interview series at NEWFOUND JOURNAL's Arts section of their blog, HOTHOUSE. After a few AWP posts for HOTHOUSE, written during the adrenalin days of the conference, I'm looking forward to the more relaxed momentum of the interviews. The series will continue on a regular schedule, and I'll repost here at Thunder on a Thursday.

The first interview at HOTHOUSE  for "The Poppy" will be with Yolanda J. Franklin.  Poet, teacher, PhD candidate, and third generation, north Florida native. And in early April, I will post an interview with the Vietnamese-American journalist/essayist/short story writer, Andrew Lam.

As NEWFOUND's mission states, the journal is interested in place, from many perspectives. I'm looking forward to this new adventure, one in which "The Poppy" will transition into a "Hothouse flower."

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Newfound Journal is a literary and visual arts publication that features fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual art, reviews, and more. Our work explores how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding.

At Newfound, our mission is to foster greater awareness of our environment through the arts, events, and cultural inquiry. We believe that a richer experience of place—human-made, natural, conceptual, or otherwise—is essential in understanding ourselves and our world. Newfound is passionate about positively transforming how we relate to our habitats and bringing about better stewardship of our homes, neighborhoods, communities, cities, nations, and the globalized world at large.

Hothouse Magazine is a views and opinions magazine. Our mission is to foster greater awareness of the spaces we occupy, informed by culture, science, gender, the arts, and more. We contribute to public discussion of hot topics and newsworthy stories (current, contemporary, and cultural). We also publish content that provides resources to improve our reading community’s relationship within their environments.