The Fogged Clarity podcast is becoming increasingly popular, and this month we are pleased to add thirteen new interviews and readings to our library, including an intimate discussion with poet Robert Wrigley, and an exclusive acoustic studio session from matt pond PA.

Also in our November offering, you will find new poems by Robert Wrigley and Neil McCarthy, the short fiction of author John McCaffrey, wonderful mixed media illustration from Sara Blake, a provocative essay on the shifting place of poetry by Professor Jascha Kessler, and much more. We hope you enjoy our 22nd issue.

Benjamin Evans
Executive Editor, Fogged Clarity


Table of Contents

Fiction

  • John McCaffreyJohn McCaffrey received his MFA from the City College of New York. His stories, essays and reviews have appeared regularly in literary journals and anthologies, including Flash Fiction Forward. A former New York Times fellow, he lives and teaches short story writing in New Jersey. Books That Did Not Help Me Pick Up Women
  • Extractions

Poetry

  • Robert WrigleyRobert Wrigley has published six collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Beautiful Country (Penguin, 2010). His poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, The Atlantic, Barrow Street, and The New Yorker, and were included in the 2003 and 2006 editions of Best American Poetry. Wrigley’s honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Idaho State Commission on the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry magazine, the Wagner Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Theodore Roethke Award from Poetry Northwest, and six Pushcart Prizes. From 1987 until 1988 he served as the state of Idaho’s writer-in-residence. Catechism
  • Bare Tree
  • Blackjack Imaginings
  • Neil McCarthyNeil McCarthy is an Irish poet based in California. His work has appeared in The New York Quarterly, Grim Magazine and The Dalhousie Review, as well as in other journals in Australia, Ireland, Germany, the UK and Hungary. We Can Breathe With Ease
  • Tara DealTara Deal is a writer and editor living in New York City. Her poetry has appeared in failbetter, Flyway, nthposition and West Branch, among others. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, Wander Luster (Finishing Line Press), and her novella, Palms Are Not Trees After All, won the 2007 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize from Texas Review Press. Stream of Consciousness
  • Summer Afternoon
  • Back to School
  • Peter Jay ShippyPeter Jay Shippy is the author of Thieves’ Latin (University of Iowa Press, 2003), Alphaville (BlazeVOX BOOKS, 2006) and How to Build the Ghost in Your Attic (Rose Metal Press, 2007). He has published widely, including The American Poetry Review, The Boston Globe, Iowa Review and Ploughshares. Shippy teaches literature and writing at Emerson College in Boston. The Palm of the Paw
  • Erika OstergaardErika Ostergaard teaches English to K-12 students in rural Moldova. Her poetry has been published in small papers and magazines in West Virginia, where she graduated from Shepherd University with an English Literature degree. Under the Thick Light
  • Howie GoodHowie Good is the author of a full-length poetry collection, Lovesick, as well as 21 print and digital poetry chapbooks, including most recently, Hello, Darkness, available from Deadly Chaps. Recessional

Essays & Nonfiction

  • Jascha KesslerJascha Kessler has published seven books of poetry and fiction, as well as six volumes of translations of poetry and fiction from Hungarian, Persian, Serbian and Bulgarian, several of which have been awarded major prizes. Poetry: A Once & Future Thing

Visual

  • Sara Blake (ZSO)Sara Blake, also known as ZSO, is an artist, designer, and art director living and loving in New York City. She graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Graphic Art and Post Modern Studies and works with clients such as Yen Magazine, The KDU, Hurley, SGCNY, and Koko & Me. Her first solo gallery show took place in September 2010 at Friends of Leon Gallery in Sydney, Australia. Illustration
  • Daniel O’Toole (ears)Daniel O’Toole, also known as ‘ears,’ splits his creative time between the studio and the street. He lives and works in Sydney where he attended National Art School. War Paint

Aural

  • matt pond PAmatt pond PA is a band formed in Philadelphia in 1998. They have released eight acclaimed full length albums and several Eps, and have performed with Liz Phair, Guster, and Neko Case, among others. The Dark Leaves
  • The Fogged Clarity Session

Interviews

  • Robert WrigleyRobert Wrigley has published six collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Beautiful Country (Penguin, 2010). His poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, The Atlantic, Barrow Street, and The New Yorker, and were included in the 2003 and 2006 editions of Best American Poetry. Wrigley’s honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Idaho State Commission on the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry magazine, the Wagner Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Theodore Roethke Award from Poetry Northwest, and six Pushcart Prizes. From 1987 until 1988 he served as the state of Idaho’s writer-in-residence. reads and discusses his poetry
  • Matt PondMatt Pond is the founder and chief singer/songwriter of the band matt pond PA. Since 1998, Pond has released eight acclaimed full-length albums and several EPs. He lives and plays music in New York. discusses the growth of his music

Reviews

  • Scott HightowerScott Hightower is a poet living with one foot in New York City, one in Texas, and one in Madrid. His third collection, Part of the Bargain, received the 2004 Hayden Carruth Award. His translations from Spanish have garnered him a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. He teaches at NYU, and has taught poetry, non-fiction, and translation at Drew, F.I.T., Fordham, and Poets House. reviews Robert Wrigley’s “Beautiful Country”

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