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Low Passions

The Low Passions

by Anders Carlson-Wee

2019 / W.W. Norton 7 Compnay / 112 pp / $15.95

Konstantin Rega: Though you weren't birn here, you have a connection with Virginia that comes through your poetry collection?

Stacy Hackney: Well, I grew up in Minnesota (north bleak landscape, very wind-swept location), but some of my relatives are in Virginia. I’ve also done a lot of cross country travel, and the trip my book is centered on was concluded in Virginia—where a lot of misadventures and shenanigans happened. 

Can you tell us how The Low Passions came about

I had written about 1,500 poem-drafts, trying to capture this trip. 53 of the poems are in the book. I write a lot of attempts and try to find the best ones. Some of the process started on the road while traveling. But others came from other parts of my life. Both my parents are Lutheran pastors. And I did my best to ignore their sermons, a typical rebellious kid. But being around it so much, I couldn’t help but absorb it, I guess.


Full Interview: HERE

Bio:  Anders Calrson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions and Dynamite (Bull City Press, 2015), winner of the Frost Place Chapbook Prize. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Harvard Review, BuzzFeed, Ploughshares, Oxford American, and elsewhere. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, he is the winner of the 2017 Poetry International Prize. Anders holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Los Angeles.


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