To kick off our Show us Where you Show up series: meet Wesley Rothman, a Boston poet and “Baldwin disciple” originally from back west. You can find his work pretty much everywhere fine poems are printed, including the walls of Boston City hall later this month. Wes, take it away… 

1. Who are you, where can we find you and your work?

I’m a poet and critic. I’m a regular reviewer for American Microreviews and Interviews. Other critical work has appeared in Rain Taxi Review of BooksPrairie SchoonerSoutheast ReviewThe RumpusPloughshares, among other venues. Some interviews and essays are featured in Tupelo QuarterlyFour Way ReviewThe Missouri Review, and Connotation Press: An Online Artifact
2. What’s you’re creativity hack of choice?

If a poem or essay isn’t already churning in my mind, my go-to practice for generating work is reading. There’s always a new book of poetry or essays to read, and revisiting older favorites not only pulls me into the space of crafting, but often throws phrases, words, or reactions at me which spin out into new drafts, explorations of a new poem. I also love what visual art does for making a poem draft.

3. What are you working on?

I’m in the late stages of shaping my first collection of poems, SUBWOOFER–an exploration and interrogation of white privilege in America, a ‘prayer’ book to language and sound and voice and listening, an attempt to enter the ongoing process of redemption.

Wesley has work forthcoming in Narrative, Crab Orchard Review, Post Road, Waxwing, Mississippi Review,Poet Lore, and an anthology published by Math Paper Press, edited by Peter LaBerge and Talin Tahajian, called Poets on Growth.Facebook: wesley.rothman & poetwesleyrothman. Twitter: @wesleyrothman.

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Written by Charlie