Michael David Blanchard interviews Mary Gilliland  

This is an excerpt of an interview conducted by Michael David Blanchard, editor of Slant, a journal of poetry produced by the University of Central Arkansas. This excerpt appears here with the specific permission of Blanchard, also a poet and an adjunct professor at UCA. Mary Gilliland’s newest book of poetry is The Devil’s Fools, […]

Claire Hamner Matturro Interviews Michael David Blanchard

CHM:  Mike, do you perceive a difference between being a poet and being a person who writes poetry? If so, into which camp would you put yourself—poet or person who writes poetry? MDB:  A person who writes poetry. That phrase better connotes someone for whom the creation of literary art is but one of many […]

“Naming the Silence: New & Selected Poems,” by Michael David Blanchard

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro When by his own admission Michael David Blanchard was a sensitive, introspective teenager, he began writing poetry as a student at Baton Rouge High in Louisiana. He continued composing in college and twice won the University (of Virginia) Union Fine Arts Award for Poetry. In his professional days after earning […]