Both in person and in her poetry, Morgan Parker believes in putting everything up front. She says this makes her horrible at first dates but great at poems. Her debut collection, Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, was selected by Eileen Myles as the winner of the 2013 Gatewood Prize from Switchback Books and published in April. This past summer, shortly after Parker returned from the Cave Canem retreat for African American poets, the Poetry Foundation spoke with her about the responsibilities of editors, the fine line between exoticism and appreciation, and the pleasures of extremely long titles.
To read the full interview, with images, visit the Poetry Foundation website.