Interview with Robin Reiss

In addition to an interview with the wonderful Ms. Reiss, this is your official five day warning for submissions. Polish ’em up, follow the guidelines, and get them in already.

So, yes, onto Robin.


Describe your work in 25 words or less.
Autobiographical to a fault, trying to channel Plath and Cummings simultaneously. A professor categorized the bulk of my work as “Dead Mom Sad Dad Poems.”

Tell us about your poem “Cutting Board.”
I can’t cook to save my life, so I volunteered to bring a fruit salad to a work potluck. It was taking me forever to cut the strawberries and I was thinking about how awkward a task it was for me, while other people have learned kitchen-sense from a young age or have some cooking gene I lack. This happens every time I’m recruited to help prepare dinner anywhere… I just have no idea what I’m doing. I end up cutting things into dumb shapes and spending five minutes on one tomato or holding the knife a wrong way and having all the mothers (or fathers!) in the room suck in their breath. So that’s how the poem began, and it developed into a Dead Mom Poem from there.

Who or what inspires you to write?
A variety of other poets, of course, and novelists, too. I’ve been plowing through the Game of Thrones books, and even those have lines and images that strike me as very poetic. My boyfriend inspires me to write, too; he encourages me, supports me, and geeks out over great poems with me all the time.

What are your thoughts on print vs. online publications?
I used to have it in my head that print journals seemed more prestigious or more intimate – and there’s still something super satisfying about holding your words in print – but lately I’ve been appreciating how online publications lend themselves to sharing with one’s community and reaching a wider audience.

What are you working on right now?

Getting back into a season of writing, now that the inaugural Duotrope subscription my boyfriend got me for Valentine’s Day has expired and the urge to submit like a fiend is passing.

Do you have a website/blog for your work?

I think you’re mistaking me for someone who knows what she’s doing.

Where can we read you next?

Catch & Release, Winter Tangerine Review, The Lake, Sandy River Review, Melancholy Hyperbole, and Futures Trading!

Any advice for your fellow writers?

I think you’re mistaking me for someone who knows what she’s doing.

Finally, anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks so much for including my poem in Bop Dead City! I tried to find your personal profile on Facebook so I could give you a creepy, ultra-specific personal compliment, but, luckily for you, your privacy settings must be killer.

About bopdeadcity

Bop Dead City is an independent, quarterly literary magazine. We are seeking new writers who have a great story to tell. Sound craftsmanship couldn't hurt either. All of our issues are available for purchase here on the site through Paypal. If you’d like to know more about what type of work we publish, reading a back issue would be the best way to do it. View all posts by bopdeadcity

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