Dunes Review Interview Series: Volume 21.1


For more than 20 years, Dunes Review has showcased the best poetry, fiction & essays from writers here in Northern Michigan and across the country.  We celebrated the launch of the latest issue at the end of April, but if you missed your chance to meet the contributors in person, you can still get a glimpse behind the scenes.  We talked with some of the writers and editors that have shaped Dunes Review, both in its latest edition, and throughout its history.  Check out their stories below!

We're still conducting interviews!  Check back later for more.


Anna Bernstein, Contributor

"Weirdly, probably the worst reaction I've ever gotten from readers was the only time I publicly shared the poem that is in this current issue of Dunes Review with an audience. I think I was trying to read it..."  Read More




Diz Warner, Contributor

"The first poem I remember writing was a limerick in 3rd grade about my friend 'Jan who loved to sleep in a pan, but once on Thanksgiving, was cooked while still living.' But it was in high school that writing became what mattered most..."  Read More




Stephanie Heit, Contributor

"Writing is a physical act: I’m in love with the kinesthetic joy of pen on paper. To feel the curves and song of letters. Revision happens on the computer, usually at my purple desk. I have a wealth of journals whose material marinates until I’m ready to..."  Read More




D. R. James, Contributor

"I wrote from a table or chair looking out over the water through the guest house’s tall windows, listening to the wind and waves and watching the birds and changing seasons.  That lasted about three years and launched me well.  Once I’d moved back into town..."   Read More




Tanya Muzumdar, Senior Editor

"I love that for more than 20 years, we've had a print issue for people to convene over. So many journals are purely online or have switched from print to online. It makes work instantaneously accessible around the world, for sure, but there's something about the tangibility of print..."  Read More



Anna Leahy, Contributor

"I liked the way cursive looked, liked the idea that it made meaning even before I could read it, and, by the time I was about four years old, I was scribbling on yellow legal pads next to my mother’s desk..."  Read More




Joanna White, Contributor

"A few years ago, I performed a Crescent Duo concert with my husband.  We played a piece based on poems of Hughes, called “Portraits of Langston”. We enlisted poet Robert Fanning to read the poems with our performance and I was so inspired..."  Read More




Petra Kuppers, Contributor

"I’ve been a writer all my life, ever since I was a little girl growing up in Germany. I am disabled, and couldn’t run and walk easily, so reading and writing were always part of my fantasy flights, my way of exploring the world..."  Read More




Andrew Szilvasy, Contributor

"There’s a lot of crossing out, but I like the physicality of the mess. The computer is generally open but in those cross-technological writing sessions I only type the lines in after they’ve passed muster on the hand-written page..."  Read More




Ed Hack, Contributor

"There are times when, with the last word, I know it’s done. There is a very particular satisfaction writing sonnets, when the quatrain is exactly right and all comes together that, for me, is unmistakable..."  Read More