The Breakwater Review has just published an interview conducted by Peter Picetti with Hanging Loose editors Dick Louri and Mark Pawlak (me), in which we discuss the long, twined history of Hanging Loose magazine and UMass Boston. Along the way we have a lot to say about contemporary American poetry.
I am a poet, editor, and educator. I was born and raised in Buffalo and have lived in the Boston area for most of the past 40 years.I am the author of seven poetry collections, most recently, "Go to the Pine" (2012). My work has been translated into German, Polish, and Spanish. My poetry and prose has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2006 (Billy Collins, ed.), New American Writing, Exquisite Corpse, Mother Jones, The Saint Ann’s Review, Terra Incognito and The World, among other places. In addition, I have edited of six anthologies, most recently, Present/Tense: Poets in the World, an anthology of contemporary American political poetry. I've also also co-edited four anthologies of poems and stories by high school-age writers, all drawn from the celebrated high school section of Hanging Loose magazine, where I've been an editor since 1980. I live in Cambridge with my wife, writer Mary Bonina. I support my poetry habit by teaching mathematics and directing Academic Support Programs at UMass Boston.