Rick Barot: Going to the Workshop was like being in a nerd convention for writers for two years. Those two years validated the seriousness, but also showed me how ridiculous it could be. The students at Iowa—not to mention the faculty—could be such assholes to each other. And I knew that by extension I was that way, too.
Victoria Chang: I think subject matter is relevant in poetry, but should ultimately be irrelevent, if that makes sense.
Adrienne Su: I’ve begun to imagine the book itself as a large form, perhaps comparable to a long poem in which the individual poems are operating as lines or stanzas.