Laura Wetherington with Jenny Zhang

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, Laura Wetherington and Jenny Zhang discuss their latest works.WZGrid

Laura Wetherington and Jenny Zhang: Listen to the Conversation [audio:]


Laura Wetherington has poems in the Sonora Review, BathHouse Hypermedia Journal, Fence, Levure Littéraire, Otoliths, Verse, Eleven Eleven, Bombay Gin, Oxford Magazine, and Just Magazine. Poems are forthcoming in the Minnesota Review, Drunken Boat, and in a Nightboat anthology, The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare. A Map Predetermined and Chance, her first book, was published in 2011 by Fence Books and was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series. The Brooklyn Rail called the book “humble, folksy, romantic, tough, inventive, and not over-programmed.” A chapbook, Dick Erasures, is available as an e-book from Red Ceilings Press. She is currently working on a book of fake translations. Wetherington co-founded and currently edits

Jenny Zhang is the author of the poetry collection, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find (Octopus Books, 2012.) She writes for teenage girls at Rookie magazine, and teaches high school students in the Bronx. You can find her at

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