Cynthia Arrieu-King and Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis

photo of Arrieu-King and Kartsonis
Cynthia Arrieu-King and Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis. Cover photograph (center) by Stacy Elaine Dacheux.

Over the next year, Andy Fitch will be asking participants from his Ugly Duckling Presse interview project to pair up and interview each other. By placing parallel interviews alongside his own, Fitch hopes to demonstrate that no one talk is definitive, that there are an infinitude of possible trajectories for such a discussion to take. In this interview, Cynthia Arrieu-King and Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis discuss their collaborative chapbook, By Some Miracle A Year Lousy with Meteors (Dream Horse).

Since 2006, Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis and Cynthia Arrieu-King have been getting their collaborative poems written via e-mail, usually between phone calls about holiday cookie eating tallies. They are not sure if it is the sugar or the holidays that bring into being their third mind extra yogic poetry brain. Upon returning to these poems, it is hard for either of these poets to recall who wrote what unless it has a hyphen in it/sounds like a kenning, in which case it was Sophia or there is a bunch of hard consonants smashed together in which case it was Cindy. On this audio recording, they type out a poem (based on this article) in almost real time, ask each other questions like “What is on our coat of arms?” and dial up the compatibility of their astrological charts.

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The poem:


Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis won the Wick Poetry Prize and subsequently greeted her collection, Intaglio, as it was published in 2006 by Kent State University Press. She is currently at work on a number of projects, as well as teaching amazing people at Columbus College of Art and Design. She lives out in Powell, Ohio where she cares for frogs, foster kittens and writes poems with Cindy King every chance she gets.

Cynthia Arrieu-King is assistant professor of creative writing at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She began interviewing poets and writers from South Jersey and the tri-state area (New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey) both amateur and professional on her program The Last Word which aired in fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012 on 91.7 WLFR FM Pomona, NJ.

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