Dunes Review Interview Series: Volume 22.1

For more than 20 years, Dunes Review has showcased the best poetry, fiction & essays from writers here in Northern Michigan and across the country.  The latest edition arrives on April 22nd, and we'll celebrate with a launch party and reading here at Brilliant Books.  Of course, there's a lot more to a journal than simply what appears on the page.  We went behind the scenes to meet some of the contributors and editors of the journal, both in its latest edition, and throughout its history.  Check out their stories below!



Edzordzi Agbozo, Contributor

"I am definitely proud of my first poem. It was titled ‘Mia Denyigba’ (Our Motherland). First, because it is in my language and everyone in my family can directly access it. Secondly, because it made me feel that I could write, and I have not stopped writing since ..." Read More





Sue William Silverman, Contributor

"I need to feel a sense of urgency about something I must understand or explore. The only way I understand anything is through writing—whether I’m writing about myself, in memoir, or about, say, this anonymous “girl” in the poem in Dunes Review. That sense of urgency nags at me, won’t let go, until I explore what it means..." Read More





Olivia Kingery, Contributor

"If I write two or three stanzas and don’t feel like my work matches where I was when I was first inspired, I just stop, there is no use in forcing a poem, the poem will tell the reader it is fake. A good pen is nice, but sometimes all I have is a half dying Bic from my purse. The only thing I cannot handle are notebooks with lines..." Read More



Danny Calegari, Contributor

"I love to get feedback when the reader loves the piece and has no criticism to make; I hate it when they point out obvious weaknesses and ways in which the story can be made better. But the first kind of feedback is useless, and the second kind is essential, so what can you do?..."  Read More



Michael Mark, Contributor

"I couldn't hear well as a kid and made up stories to fill in the gap. That habit stuck around. I think I liked what I told myself more than what others did. And in college I was put with a roommate who wrote.  I was too shy to meet girls on my own so I wrote, too."  Read More



Delphine Hirsh, Contributor

"Are writers writers without readers? That’s like the sound of one hand clapping. So I feel good about sharing my writing with readers. I especially appreciate my first readers because they check my blindspots. I don’t necessarily take all their notes but I certainly think about them..."  Read More



 Raffi Boyadjian, Contributor 

"In my senior year of high school, after reading my creative writing assignment, my English teacher offered to waive all of my assignments and homework for the year if I wrote her a novelette. I think she saw something I didn’t, and I was a fool for not taking her up on the offer..."  Read More



  Nancy Squires, Contributor

"I try to write at least a few pages first thing every morning. Sometimes all I can get done are some warm-ups and maybe just an idea, the start of something. But I like that state when I’m just coming out of sleep and not yet wrapped up in the business of the day—it seems a unique time, I feel very open...Read More


Phillip Sterling, Contributor 

"There have been times in my life where I had a favorite place to work, or a schedule, or a particular kind of paper and pen. But mostly I found myself using the absence of such as an excuse for not getting things done..."  Read More


  John Linstrom, Contributor

"Oh, yes.  It’s so important for me to get perspective on my writing; otherwise I run the risk of narcissism.  Sometimes I send it to my parents or my girlfriend—people who don’t call themselves “writers” in a professional capacity (even if they are; my dad's a pastor, so he has a weekly practice)..."  Read More





Cover Art by Kirsten Furlong
Promise and Purpose, the Ancestors' Dream
Collection of the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR