Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of Third Voice (Tupelo Press, 2016), Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, 2014), Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014), domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press, 2013), Dorset Prize winner and the 2014 PEN/Open Book Award, One Girl Babylon (New Issues Press, Green Rose Prize winner, 2003), When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering (New Issues Press, 2002), and Desdemona’s Fire (Lotus Press, Naomi Long Madgett Prize winner, 1999). Her poems appear in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets; Black Nature; From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great; An Anthology for Creative Writers: The Garden of Forking Paths; IOU: New Writing On Money; and New Bones: Contemporary Black Writing in America. She has been awarded fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Yaddo. She is a contributing editor at Poets & Writers Magazine and professor of English at the University of Colorado, where she teaches poetry, poetics, and literature.
The Un/Masked and the Minstrel: A Conversation with Ruth Ellen Kocher About “Third Voice”
Oliver de la Paz and Ruth Ellen Kocher discuss her collection “Third Voice,” poetry, minstrelsy, representation, and a more inclusive avant-garde....