Pins & Needles No. 52: Joel Hans

Magic mirrors have nothing on smartphones, after all.

Pins & Needles No. 51: Jon Riccio

We’re always open to poems that excel in the chemistry of meaning and language, those that push past straight-up retellings

Pins & Needles No. 50: Caleb Washburn

The movement always reminded me more of ballet; a gorgeous balance between synchronicity and chaos.

Pins & Needles No. 49: Kellie Wells

I exit the bed each morning with the fond, if futile, hope that perhaps today…

Pins & Needles No. 48: Mary Lavallee

No. 48: Mary Lavallee Q. The characters in “Victor Vale” are rather well-traveled—Prague, Paris, a beach, a forest. Are there any fairy-tale-esque places you’d like to visit? Absolutely! While much of Victor Vale takes place in Europe – or an imagined Europe – I’m extremely interested in America’s mythic landscape and its potential for strange tales. … Continued

Pins & Needles No. 47: Lenny DellaRocca

No. 47: Lenny DellaRocca Q. You’ve been writing since 1968; how would you describe your evolution through the decades? I was 14 in 1968, now I’m 61! My first attempts at poetry were writing psychedelic-Beatles/Bob Dylan-influenced poems. But before I learned the alphabet, I used to scribble on blank paper pretending to write. Once I … Continued

Pins & Needles No. 46: Elizabeth Frankie Rollins

No. 46: Elizabeth Frankie Rollins Q. What made you decide to submit this particular section from “Seeking Rubilio” to Fairy Tale Review, and not another one? The short: The first 20 pages were the most polished, as the fairy tale is still in progress. The long: This story started with me writing about irritations in disguise … Continued

Pins & Needles No. 45: Alicia Rebecca Myers

No. 45: Alicia Rebecca Myers Q. In your final line, “Dear Lord  Dear Liege  Dear Legs,” you use brilliant wordplay to liken legs to a ruler. Earlier they are a rosary as well, a holy object, both worthy of worship. What sparked this wonderful play on words? When I’m writing, I don’t have a map of … Continued

Pins & Needles No. 43: Elizabeth Gross

No. 43: Elizabeth Gross Q. What drew you to include a fragment by Sappho, the famous Greek poet, who is known for writing about love and eroticism? This particular fragment (“with what eyes?”)  has been central to how I think about writing since I first encountered it in Anne Carson’s translations. I was in college, and … Continued

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