August 8, 2019KR Podcast

KR Podcast with Ed Skoog

Want to know what the past felt like? Read the poems. Kenyon College visiting assistant professor of English Matt Suazo catches up with Ed Skoog about New Orleans, cooperating with language, and the textures of poetry.

Ed Skoog is the author of three books of poetry: Run the Red Lights, Rough Day, and Mister Skylight, and a fourth, Travelers Leaving for the City, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2020. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review and Harper’s. He has held fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, The Lannan Foundation, Richard Hugo House, and George Washington University. He is a contributing poetry editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading. He lives in Portland, Oregon and is a co-host, with novelist J. Robert Lennon, of the literary podcast Lunch Box, with Ed and John.

Matt Suazo is a member of Kenyon’s English faculty. He specializes in hemispheric American literature, early and nineteenth-century, and his courses at Kenyon speak further to his overlapping interests in authorship, postcolonial studies, the environment and multi-ethnic U.S. literatures. His current book project, Wetland Americas: Literature, Race and the Mississippi River Valley in Translation, 1542-1884, explores the circulation of discourses of race and environment within the U.S. and around the Atlantic World. His academic writing has appeared in boundary 2, and he has a chapter forthcoming in Swamp Souths: Literary and Cultural Ecologies (LSU). He received a PhD in Literature and American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where his awards included a dissertation-year fellowship from the Humanities Institute, and he was honored by selection to the University of California President’s Society of Fellows.