Q&A with James Tate

We are honored to present a brief Q&A with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate who authors three new works in Issue 3. 

1. If you were reviewing your own work, how would you describe its style or point of view?

Like a walk in the woods.

2. Who are some of your favorite contemporary authors?

Dara Wier, John Ashbery, Charles Simic, Charles Wright, and Russell Edson.

3. If you were told you couldn't write anymore, what job would you pursue and why?

Musician. I love music.

4. When you think of Austin, what comes to mind?

Music.

5. Answer the question you wish we had asked.

Two.


About James Tate

James Tate is the author of seventeen books of poetry and several collections of prose, including Eternal Ones of the Dream: Later Selected Poems, The Ghost Soldiers, Return to the City of White Donkeys, Memoir of the Hawk, and The Route as Briefed. A new collection of poems, Dome of the Hidden Temple, is forthcoming. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Tate is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.