JoNelle (J.R.) Toriseva is in the studio to talk about her new book of poems Barbed Water. We talk about the influence of landscapes, the spiritual and Whitmanic qualities of her writing, and the process of publishing her first book. We also get to hear some poems straight from the collection.
About JoNelle (J.R.) Toriseva:
JoNelle (J.R) Toriseva was recently awarded the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry from Cutbank. Her work has appeared in, or is forthcoming, from The North American Review, Salt Hill, The Literary Review, The Saranac Review, The Cincinnati Review, Descant, and JACKET, among others, and included in Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sound from City Lights, and Best Canadian Poetry in English. Barbed Water, chosen by Shane McCrae, will be published in 2016 as the winner of Saudade's annual poetry contest.
Serving as the Director of English, Communications and Media Arts, and an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY-GCC, Toriseva has also taught for Mills College, California Poets in the Schools, San Francisco WritersCorps, and Literary Arts of Portland, Oregon.