Drunk as a Poet on Payday

Episode 3 is an auspicious meeting of astronomical event and poetry book, as today we feature Lisa Ampleman and her book Mom in Space on the day of the total solar eclipse across much of North America.

Lisa Ampleman is the author of three full-length poetry collections—Mom in Space, Romances, and Full Cry, winner of the Stevens Manuscript Competition sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies—and the chapbookI’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You, winner of the Wick chapbook competition. Her poems have appeared on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and in literary journals, including 32 Poems, Image, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry, Shenandoah, Southern Review, and The Rumpus. Lisa is the recipient of scholarships and prizes from the Sewanee Writers Conference, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes, the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, and the Hermitage Artist Retreat. Most recently, she was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for FY2022. She is the managing editor of The Cincinnati Review and the poetry series editor at Acre Books.

Read more about Lisa on her website.

Pick up a copy of Mom in Space.

And if you’re in the Cincinnati area, find her reading at the Cincinnati Observatory this April.

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Creators & Guests

Jason Gray
Jason Gray is the author of the poetry collections Radiation King and Photographing Eden. His poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, Image, and elsewhere.

What is Drunk as a Poet on Payday?

Good news is sometimes hard to come by for poets, and what’s better news than a new book! Celebrate with us as Jason Gray hosts an interview podcast with poets discussing their new books. Each episode is a smart, fun look into the world of poetry, where the guests read several poems for their new work, and talk about how their books came to be, and how they write the way they do.