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Cutter Streeby interviews Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang interview with Cutter Streeby on her new book from Copper Canyon Press, Obit.

Boris Johnson
March 1, 2021

1. Background on Obit, Chang's new book from Copper Canyon

2. How the book came into existence

3. Outside influences on the final version

4. Background on the evolution of Victoria Chang's writing style across her works.

5. "What comes first, form or content?"

6. Victoria Chang's advice to new writers.

7. What she is working on now.

8. Her advice on literary citizenship and community access.

9. And how to build a better literary community.

Victoria Chang interview with Cutter Streeby on her new book from Copper Canyon Press, Obit.

Her bio and a little background about Obit from Copper Canyon: "After her mother died, poet Victoria Chang refused to write elegies. Rather, she distilled her grief during a feverish two weeks by writing scores of poetic obituaries for all she lost in the world. In Obit, longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award in Poetry, Chang writes of “the way memory gets up after someone has died and starts walking.” These poems reinvent the form of newspaper obituary to both name what has died (“civility,” “language,” “the future,” “Mother’s blue dress”) and the cultural impact of death on the living."


“Isolated from my friends due to the global pandemic, I’m ravenous for good conversations. Tension : Rupture arrived just on time.

The conversation between Michael Haight and Cutter Streeby is enthralling, bright with human excess and intimacies.

Streeby’s poems trouble into speech the tender and volatile flesh in Haight’s art and the color in Haight’s art is lyrical, transcendent.

Each painting, each poem filled ‘my living room with burning stars.’”
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