Author Interviews

Author Interviews are administered, recorded for accuracy and transcribed by interns. Before publishing they may be edited by the Managing Editor for length, grammar and accuracy. Interviewees do not get the opportunity to edit or approve their own interviews before publishing. They may feel free to request interview questions ahead of time however in order to prepare. If you know someone whose story you’d like to see here please send a nomination to info@nywriterscompendium.com

 
 
220px-Mark_nepo.jpg

Mark nepo: spiritual advisor or brilliant author?

By Ana Williams

Mark Nepo is a poet who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 30 years. Nepo is best known for his New York Times #1 bestseller, “The Book of Awakening”. He has published 12 books and recorded six audio projects. He is also an Alumni at the University at Albany whom has taught at the University previously. 

 
-cyZ_oKM_400x400.jpg

ben nadler -an Author and co-editor of Barzakh

By Allie Catalano

Ben Nadler is the author of The Sea Beach Line, Ph.D. student at University at Albany , and co-editor of Barzakh - a literary magazine based at UAlbany.  I sat down with him and discussed his views on being a writer, pursuing a career in lit, and some of the rewards that come from it. 

 
Screen Shot 2019-01-29 at 2.43.51 PM.png

PAUL GRONDAHL: LEAVING A LITERARY LEGACY

By Karlie Flood

Paul Grondahl, an award-winning journalist, biographer, and now director of the University at Albany’s New York State Writers Institute (NYSWI), and I had a conversation about how he got involved with the NYSWI, his own favorite stories, how he wrote a presidential biography, and why he loves Albany, NY. 

 
Screen Shot 2018-12-26 at 7.14.15 PM.png

NANCY KLEPSCH: “SHAMAN, MUSICIAN, PASSIONATE WARRIOR”

By Karlie Flood

Nancy Klepsch is a published poet, an alum of the University at Albany and Saint Rose, co-host of 2nd Sunday @ 2 open mic, a literary figure that understands the importance community and lives in Troy, NY. Just one hour before her monthly open mic at the Arts Center of the Capital Region Klepsch openly admires her home city that has so much to offer to writers. 

 
Screen Shot 2018-11-17 at 8.35.12 AM.png

MEET MARY PANZA... POET AND VICE PRESIDENT OF ALBANY POETS!

By Karlie Flood

On November 13th, I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing a central figure in Albany’s poetry scene, Mary Panza, the Vice President of Albany Poets and an Editor of Up the River Magazine. Albany Poets seeks to“increase awareness and activity of the art of poetry and spoken word in the Albany, NY area.” Panza has worked tirelessly to ensure all poets and writers have a place in Albany. She has been attending open mics here since 1988 and hosts an open mic on the last Monday of each month at McGeary’s in downtown Albany. Her blog, Housewife Tuesday, is published by Albany Poets when she has something to say (can range from bi-weekly to monthly).  

 
Screen Shot 2018-12-07 at 7.26.29 PM.png

FROM MYSTERIOUS FIGURE TO MYSTERIOUS AUTHOR

By Jeff Doherty

When I saw a hooded ghoul commanding the microphone on Halloween night at an event hosted by The Troy Poetry Mission I had no idea who he was. Now I know that ghoul was James H Duncan, a long-time writer of fiction and Managing Editor of Hobo Camp Review. I recently spoke to him about his craft and learned about the man himself. Here are some excerpts from our conversation:

 
Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 5.18.54 PM.png

A PEEK INSIDE THE MIND OF A TRAVELLER

By Octavia Findley

Octavia Findley: Can you describe your craft for me?

John Teevan III: “Well, I love to write. I’ve always been a writer, since I’ve been old enough to hold a pen. I do creative writing, fiction, and dabble in spy fiction, travel writing, romance, historical fiction. Mostly I write short stories, and I’ve published a couple collections of short stories. I’ve self-published A Serious Evening in ViennaThe Love Letter with a Bullet Hole,and The Traveler’s Sketchbook. The last one dips into another creative outlet that I have which is drawing.

 
Screen+Shot+2019-02-28+at+5.34.11+PM.jpg

"FRIDAY BLACK": AN INTERVIEW WITH NANA KWAME ADJEI-BRENYAH

By Jeff Doherty

Ed Schwarzchild: I want to start by thanking the NYS Writers Institute for making this event possible. What an incredible semester they’ve put together so far. Thanks to Paul Grondahl and his incredible team. They give a gift to— anyone who finds inspiration in the essential acts of reading and writing. So, thank you to the Institute for bringing Nana back to campus. It’s just an incredible pleasure to have him back here. As most of you know, Nana is a UAlbany alum. He was an English major here; he wrote his honors thesis here.

 
Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 5.39.42 PM.png

WHAT IS THE CHAOS MOVEMENT OF LITERARY COMPOSITION? WE KNOW WHO TO ASK!

By Octavia Findley

 Martin Nakell is both a scholar and a creative writer. He currently teaches at Chapman University in CA and has received his Doctorate of Arts from the University at Albany in 1980. He also, attended Columbia where he served as Assistant Editor on Unmuzzled Ox. 

 
Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 5.44.46 PM.png

WRITER OF HIS OWN CREATIVE LIFE...

by Octavia Findley

On Monday, November 19, I met with Ed Schwarzschild for an interview.  Schwarzschild is the Director of Creative Writing and an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University at Albany. He’s also a Fellow at the New York State Writers Institute. He specializes in Fiction Writing and Contemporary Literature.  He received his Ph.D. in American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and his MA in Creative Writing from Boston University.  He was also a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Stanford University’s Creative Writing Program.

 
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 8.31.37 PM.png

THE ONE AND ONLY… LAURIN DECHAE!!!

By Octavia Findley

Laurin DeChae is a poet that has been published in Rigorous, Rust + Moth, Really System, and Lines + Stars. She is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the English Department at the University at Albany in New York. 

 
Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 5.06.50 PM.png

INTERVIEW WITH A LOCAL AUTHOR!!

By Jeff Doherty

I first met Dennis Mahoney at the Albany Book Festival where he presented with a display of pictures akin to encounters of the third kind. I didn’t know much about the ethereal man, and I wanted to learn more. I got to talk to Mahoney about his work, and learn more about the man behind the otherworldly poster board. He graciously answered my questions that ranged from his professional to personal life, as well as, shared about the storytelling group he is a part of, the Equinox Society.

 
Screen Shot 2019-04-03 at 7.57.34 PM.png

JASON DALABA MORE POETICALLY KNOW HEX'M JAI!

By Jeff Doherty

The first time I met Jason Dalaba was when he read aloud poems of conjuration and esoteric musings at the Quoth the Raven event on Halloween. I got to talk to him after the event, and learn about the man who stood behind the mask of Hex’m Jai that mysterious night. Here are some excerpts from our conversation:

 
Screen Shot 2019-04-03 at 8.01.57 PM.png

WHEN NO INTRODUCTIONS ARE NEEDED... R.M. ENGELHARDT!!!

By Jeffery Ernest Doherty

“I’ve been writing since I was probably fifteen years old… roughly thirty-five years,” R.m. Engelhardt said. He has walked the streets of the Capital Region poetry scene for decades, participating in the literary community in many ways: starting organizations, funds, events, and providing a solid example for new writers by continuously contributing his own work. He co-founded Albany Poets, started the The Troy Poetry Mission, and he has been published innumerable times. I got the chance to speak with him, learn about the lifestyle of a long-time poet, and how poetry has changed over years – on the page and in front of the mic.

 
Screen Shot 2019-04-03 at 8.11.45 PM.png

FIRST TIME CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR... JOHN GRAY!

By Octavia Findley

If the clouded sky did not bring an air of remembrance to the Book House, then the people did, holding thinly bound, sunset toned books in hand, milling around the store, waiting for the author of God Needed a Puppy. I somehow expected a much thicker volume but it was a heartwarming tale of a child that just lost his dog. In short order, I was taken aback by a room of adults and children, telling stories of pets passing suddenly, being put to sleep, and being hit by cars. The fond memories were more telling of their love for their fur babies than their accounts of their deaths.

 
Screen Shot 2019-04-03 at 8.25.18 PM.png

INTRODUCING RICHARD HARTSHORN!

By Karlie Flood

Richard Hartshorn teaches English 101 and 102, as well as a public speaking class at Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) in Troy, New York. He is the recipient of the 2011 Bausch Short Story Prize, and advisor of the theater club. 

On October 11th, the fifth installment of “An Evening with Local Writers” series took place in the Bulmer Telecommunications auditorium at HVCC. I was given the opportunity to interview Hartshorn, the initiator of this event. 

 
Screen Shot 2018-04-02 at 2.42.45 PM.png

MARK KOPLIK - NYSWI ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

by Jesse Seidel

This Thursday, I had the honor of interviewing prestigious Writers Institute’s Assistant Director Mark Koplik, below is the interview in its entirety for ones reading pleasure.

 
Screen Shot 2018-04-02 at 2.50.40 PM.png

INTRODUCING D. COLIN!

By Jesse Siedel

Friday, March 23, I had the privilege of meeting Spoken Word Artist D. Colin and even managed to sit her down for a short interview. The interview in its entirety is transcripted below for ones reading pleasure.

 
Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 12.33.40 PM.png

INTRODUCING DAN WILCOX!

By Jesse Seidel

This week I had the privilege to interview a prominent local literary figure, Dan Wilcox. Over a cup of coffee he graciously answered a few of my questions. Enjoy getting to know more about him and be sure to check out the Open Mic he hosts every third Thursday of the Month at the Social Justice Building in Albany!