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Poetry Interview with Melissa McKinstry by Jane Newkirk

Melissa McKinstry holds an MFA in poetry from Pacific University. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net, a Pushcart Prize, and Orison’s Best Spiritual Literature, and appear in Rattle, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rust & Moth, December, Tahoma Literary Review, SWWIM, Nimrod International, and Beloit Poetry Journal. Find her at her website:

Jane Newkirk is the poetry editor at Medmic. Her poems have appeared in Empty House Press, The Shore, Naugatuck River Review, The Night Heron Barks, Intima, and others. In 2019, her creative nonfiction was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is an occupational therapist in Jackson, Mississippi.

Poetry Interview by Jane Newkirk: Featuring Poet Cate Lycurgus

Cate Lycurgus’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She has also received scholarships from Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences and 2nd place in Narrative’s Annual Poetry Contest for 2022. Cate lives in San Jose, California, where she interviews for 32 Poems and teaches professional writing.

Ms. Newkirk has worked as a cook, bread baker, stained glass artist, and art gallery owner. Her poems have appeared in Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, The Night Heron Barks, The Shore, and are forthcoming in Empty House Press and Naugatuck River Review. Her creative nonfiction was a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is an occupational therapist in Jackson, Mississippi.

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