Author: Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

POWER OF POETRY #81: LAUREN BRAZEAL

POWER OF POETRY #80: LAUREN BRAZEAL

Her words pressed onto my consciousness with the immediacy of a blade to the throat, “It is not your right to feel powerless. Better people than you were powerless.”

#TPQ5: JANNA GRACE

#TPQ5: JANNA GRACE
What will Janna Grace, editor of Lamplit Underground, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: DEIRDRE FAGAN

What will Deirdre Fagan, a reviewer for Orange Blossom Review, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: STEVEN ALVAREZ

What will Steven Alvarez, author of The Codex Mojaodicus, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

REVIEW: BEAUTIFUL & FULL OF MONSTERS – COURTNEY LeBLANC (VEGETARIAN ALCOHOLIC PRESS)

It’s who we are when least expected. It’s the big feelings we can’t explain. It’s the reason we cower in the dark. It’s the reason we raise our voices to those we are said to love. It’s the reason some loves end or begin or don’t.

#TPQ5: DONNA VORREYER

#TPQ5: DONNA VORREYER

What will Donna Vorreyer, author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JAKE WILD HALL

#TPQ5: JAKE WILD HALL

What will Jake Wild Hall, one half of Bad Betty Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

THE POWER OF POETRY #80: STEPHEN FURLONG

THE POWER OF POETRY #80: STEPHEN FURLONG

He only stopped when he recognized his shoe was untied. He held such reverence for the laces and he asked us how we tied our shoes.

REVIEW: LITTLE ENVELOPE OF EARTH CONDITIONS – CORI A. WINROCK (ALICE JAMES BOOKS)

Most of all, it’s about when body meets the inside of the body because the outside just doesn’t make sense anymore. It’s when space feels like a metaphor for a much larger universe, and you wish for a black hole within which to hide.

#TPQ5: CHRISTOPHER MILES

#TPQ5: CHRISTOPHER MILES

What will Christopher Miles, whose first book of poems, Armor & Ornament, was published this fall, include in today’s #TPQ? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CHLOE VICTORIA GORMAN

#TPQ5: CHLOE VICTORIA GORMAN

What will Chloe Gorman, copywriter, poet & aspiring author, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: KRISTOPHER BIERNATSKY

#TPQ5: KRISTOPHER BIERNATSKY
What will Kristopher Biernatsky, founder of Dink Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CLARE E. POTTER

#TPQ5: CLARE E. POTTER
What will clare e. potter, a poet who is lucky to collaborate with other inspiring artists, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: HEATHER SWEENEY

#TPQ5: HEATHER SWEENEY
What will Heather Sweeney, poet and visual artist, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CAROL LYNN STEVENSON GRELLAS

#TPQ5: CAROL LYNN STEVENSON GRELLAS

Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, ten-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a seven-time Best of the Net nominee, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #79: VENUS DAVIS

POWER OF POETRY #79: VENUS DAVIS

I knew that writing wasn’t about being the best – it’s about expressing yourself and being happy with what you’ve written. It’s not a chance for validation.

#TPQ5: ERIK-JOHN FUHRER

#TPQ5: ERIK-JOHN FUHRER
What will Erik Fuhrer, author of every time you die (Alien Buddha Press), include in today’s#TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: GALE MARIE THOMPSON

#TPQ5: GALE MARIE THOMPSON

What will Gale Marie Thompson, author of Helen or My Hunger (YesYes Books, 2020), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #78: G.E. SCHWARTZ

POWER OF POETRY #77: G.E. SCHWARTZ

And with that light poetry has the power to usher us into a brave new world, filling our senses with the energy of creation where every bird, tree, branch, and blossom vibrates as if by immance.

#TPQ5: DAVID MARTIN

#TPQ5: DAVID MARTIN
What will David Martin, organizer for the Single Onion Poetry Series, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside

#TPQ5: LAURA WAINWRIGHT

#TPQ5: LAURA WAINWRIGHT
What will Laura Wainwright, author of a book of literary criticism, New Territories in Modernism: Anglophone Welsh Writing 1930-1949, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: SUE WILLIAM SILVERMAN

#TPQ5: SUE WILLIAM SILVERMAN
What will Sue William Silverman, who teaches in the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #77: CHRISTINA CIUFO

POWER OF POETRY #77: CHRISTINA CIUFO

Each poetic word, each lyrical line, each tone evoked and each enchanting rhyme within a poem ignites the orange-golden flames within the recesses of our minds and flickers its’ illuminating light behind our eyes.

#TPQ5: LAUREN LICONA

#TPQ5: LAUREN LICONA
What will Lauren Licona, Latinx poet based in Boston, MA, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JULIO ENRIQUEZ-ORNELAS

#TPQ5: JULIO ENRIQUEZ-ORNELAS
What will Julio Enriquez-Ornelas, Assistant Professor at Millikin University, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: DAVE HOUSLEY

#TPQ5: DAVE HOUSLEY

What will Dave Housley, author of This Darkness Got to Give, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: TINA MOZELLE BRAZIEL

#TPQ5: TINA MOZELLE BRAZIEL

What will Tina Mozelle Braziel, awarded the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CHARLENE ELSBY

#TPQ5: CHARLENE ELSBY
What will Charlene Elsby, Philosophy Program Director and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University Fort Wayne, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: KATIE RIEGEL

#TPQ5: KATIE RIEGEL
What will Katherine Riegel, author of Love Songs from the End of the World (Main Street Rag 2019), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: TAYLOR BANKS

#TPQ5: TAYLOR BANKS
What will Taylor Banks, MFA candidate at Stetson University, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #76: TAMARA BURROSS GRISANTI

POWER OF POETRY #76: TAMARA BURROSS GRISANTI

Entering that space of creation is the only type of churchgoing that has ever spoken to me. It is paying tribute to what I know of the sacred, it is the only way I know how to be prayerful.

POWER OF POETRY: EDITOR’S EDITION – CHRIS MARGOLIN

Paying for it again felt dirty. I didn’t want to. Didn’t mean to. Tried so hard to just move along, but my fingers edged in that direction, teased at where they wanted to be. And I gave in. Closed my eyes, relaxed. Took out my debit card, and gave into the demons.

#TPQ5: ADAM J. GELLINGS

#TPQ5: ADAM J. GELLINGS
What will Adam J. Gellings, poet and instructor from Columbus, Ohio, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MALCOLM TARIQ

#TPQ5: MALCOLM TARIQ
What will Malcolm Tariq, author of Heed the Hollow (Graywolf Press, 2019), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CHRISTOPHER SOTO

#TPQ5: CHRISTOPHER SOTO
What will Christopher Soto, a Los Angeles poet, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #74: URNA BOSE

POWER OF POETRY #74: URNA BOSE

One can’t quite put a firm, decisive finger on when, where and how poetry collides, mingles, smudges and spills over into our lives

REVIEW: THE WHIMSY OF DANK JU-JU – SASCHA AURORA AKHTAR

REVIEW: THE WHIMSY OF DANK JU-JU – SASCHA AURORA AKHTAR

Magic is broken unless we understand the trick or allow ourselves to suspend our disbelief and just know that everything is taken care of, and that we are okay.

REVIEW: EMPIRE OF DIRT – THOMAS STEWART (RED SQUIRREL PRESS)

This is not a guide toward love, light, and inspiration. This is not a tribute to finding God through death. This is looking at Death, and letting them know that while it might be a minute, you’ll leave a light on.

#TPQ5: REBECCA IRENE

#TPQ5: REBECCA IRENE
What will Rebecca Irene, Poetry Editor for The Maine Review, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JEFF PEARSON

#TPQ5: JEFF PEARSON

What will Jeff Pearson, an advocate for people with mental illness, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #73: JOSEPH RATHGEBER

POWER OF POETRY #73: JOSEPH RATHGEBER

Poets excise words, omit and elide them. They break lines. Might as well break pane-glass windows.

#TPQ5: ERIC LOCHRIDGE

#TPQ5: ERIC LOCHRIDGE
What will Eric Lochridge, author of three poetry chapbooks, include in tiara #TPQ5? Find our inside!

#TPQ5: RAZIELLE AIGEN

#TPQ5: RAZIELLE AIGEN
What will Razielle Aigen, author of, Light Waves The Leaves (above/ground press 2020), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: BETH LONGMAN

#TPQ5: BETH LONGMAN
What will Beth Longman, founder and co-editor of Re-Side magazine, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: DAN KNAUSS

#TPQ5: DAN KNAUSS
What will Dan Knauss, who writes, edits, and tries to perform acts of humane, open-source webcraft, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MICHAEL McGILL

#TPQ5: MICHAEL McGILL
What will Michael McGill, a UK poet from Edinburgh, Scotland, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: BEE WALSH

#TPQ5: BEE WALSH
What will Bee Walsh, author of Manning Up (West 44 Books), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CHRISTINA CIUFO

#TPQ5: CHRISTINA CIUFO
What will Christina Ciufo, a passionate writer, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: WILL SCHMIT

#TPQ5: WILL SCHMIT
What will Will Schmit, author of Head Lines A Sixty Day Guide to Personal Psalmistry, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: WARREN CZAPA

#TPQ5: WARREN CZAPA
What will Warren Czapa, longlisted for the Troubadour International Poetry Prize, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: ALVARO BEDOYA

#TPQ5: ALVARO BEDOYA
What will Alvaro Bedoya, who runs a think tank and legal clinic that protects the privacy rights of immigrants, poor people, and people of color, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: SONIA DI PLACIDO

#TPQ5: SONIA DI PLACIDO
What will Sonia Di Placido, poet, writer, and editor, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: KAYLEIGH CAMPBELL

What will Kayleigh Campbell, winner of the Gloucestershire Poetry Competition 2019, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JIM MEIROSE

#TPQ5: JIM MEIROSE
What will Jim Meirose, author of ‘Le Overgivers au Club de la Résurrection’ (Mannequin Haus), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JOHN PHIPPS

What will John Phipps, a writer, critic and editor, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: TAYLOR MALI

#TPQ5: TAYLOR MALI
What will Taylor Mali, 4-time National Slam Poetry Champion and former voice of all Burger King commercials, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JANE ROSENBERG LaFORGE

#TPQ5: JANE ROSENBERG LaFORGE
What will Jane Rosenberg LaForge, author of six volumes of poetry, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #72: MATT NAGIN

POWER OF POETRY #72: MATT NAGIN

Poetry cuts through the bullshit. It declutters spiritually. It is an opportunity to dance, to experiment, to hone new answers to complex problems.

#TPQ5: INK

#TPQ5: INK
What will Ink, who disrupts his neighbors’ dreams by taking recycling out at odd times, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CATHERINE MARENGHI

#TPQ5: CATHERINE MARENGHI
What will Catherine Marenghi, an award-winning poet and memoirist, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: C.M. KATE FAULKNER

#TPQ5: C.M. KATE FAULKNER
What will C.M. Kate Faulkner, nonfiction piece “Autopsy” is out now In Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside?

#TPQ5: MICHAEL HALL

#TPQ5: MICHAEL HALL
What will Michael Hall, an up and coming, yet seasoned, poet, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

REVIEW: FORGIVE YOURSELF THESE TINY ACTS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION – JARED SINGER (BUTTON POETRY)

FORGIVE YOURSELF THESE TINY ACTS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION – JARED SINGER @buttonpoetry
“…a manual for the last kid in the kickball line. It’s a must-read for those who can’t remember why they need to remember. It’s for those who sometimes forget they matter.”

REVIEW: MILES OF SKY ABOVE US, MILES OF EARTH BELOW – STEVE DENEHAN (CAJUN MUTT PRESS)

Denehan is sort of like Bukowski, if Bukowski wrote while drinking rather than drunk. It’s proof that poetry doesn’t need to be complicated to tell a damn good story.

#TPQ5: CHRISTOPHER FLAKUS

#TPQ5: CHRISTOPHER FLAKUS
What will Christopher Flakus, co-editor-in-chief of Defunkt Magazine, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: DECEMBER LACE

#TPQ5: DECEMBER LACE
What will December Lace, former professional wrestler, pinup model, & Best of the Net nominee, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: RY DOWNEY

#TPQ5: RY DOWNEY
What will Ry Downey, editor in chief of the new poetry magazine, BEATIFIC, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MARY PEELEN

#TPQ5: MARY PEELEN
What will Mary Peelen, winner of the Kithara Book Prize, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: ELLEN CHANG-RICHARDSON

#TPQ5: ELLEN CHANG-RICHARDSON
What will Ellen Chang-Richardson, an emerging poet and the founder of Little Birds Poetry, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: VENUS DAVIS

#TPQ5: VENUS DAVIS
What will Venus Davis, contributor for Marias at Sampaguitas, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: PRIYA DOLMA TAMANG

#TPQ5: PRIYA DOLMA TAMANG
What will Priya Dolma Tamang, writer from the Himalayan state of Sikkim in northeastern India, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: LARISSA SHMAILO

#TPQ5: LARISSA SHMAILO
What will Larissa Shmailo, a poet, novelist, translator, editor, curator, and critic, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

REVIEW: REBOUND, RESTART, RENEW, REBUILD, REJOICE – TIMOTHY OTTE (LITHIC PRESS)

This is the past seen as scenes with edits. This is how family works and doesn’t and how people are more than just reflections of what came before.

#TPQ5: QUINTIN COLLINS

#TPQ5: QUINTIN COLLINS
What will Quintin Collins, a writer, editor, and Solstice MFA Program Assistant Director, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #72: NOAH C. LEKAS

POWER OF POETRY #72: NOAH C. LEKAS

I wanted unrestrained access to the divine and I wanted to never have to ask permission or apologize for my ambition.

#TPQ5: ERIC ANDREW NEWMAN

#TPQ5: ERIC ANDREW NEWMAN
What will Eric Andrew Newman, Fiction Editor of Okay Donkey, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JANET M ROGERS

#TPQ5: JANET M ROGERS
What will Janet M Rogers, a Mohawk/Tuscarora, lives on the Six Nations Reserve, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: LAUREN E BRAZEAL

What will Lauren Brazeal, author of Gutter (YesYes Books), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ: MELISSA SMITH

What will Melissa Alter Smith, creator of the #TeachLivingPoets hashtag, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JUDE MARR

What will Jude Marr, Director of the Reading-Writing Center and Digital Studio at Florida State University, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: TOM HARDING

What will Tom Harding, Editor of the Northampton Poetry Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CAROLINE SHEA

#TPQ5: CAROLINE SHEA
What will Caroline Shea, author of Lambflesh (Kelsay Books, 2019), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CASSIE DONISH

#TPQ5: CASSIE DONISH
What will Cassie Donish, a queer Jewish poet and writer, author of The Year of the Femme, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

REVIEW: THE BOOK OF DANIEL – AARON SMITH (UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH PRESS)

It’s a headfirst take on being simply yourself in a sardonic world that wants to throw cancer and queer and God’s erect penis at you like they are insults.

#TPQ5: D.A. GRAY

#TPQ5: D.A. GRAY
What will D.A. Gray, author, Retired soldier and veteran, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: TJ NEER

#TPQ5: TJ NEER
What will TJ Neer, a bookseller at The Book Loft in Columbus, OH, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JUSTENE DION-GLOWA

#TPQ5: JUSTENE DION-GLOWA
What will Justene Dion-Glowa, a bi Métis poet from BC, Canada, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JOHN GUZLOWSKI

What will John Guzlowski, winner of the Benjamin Franklin Poetry Award and the Eric Hoffer/Montaigne Award, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: KEVIN LATIMER

#TPQ5: KEVIN LATIMER
What will Kevin Latimer, a poet & playwright from Cleveland, Ohio, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: TIGE ASHTON DeCOSTER

#TPQ5: TIGE ASHTON DeCOSTER
What will Tige DeCoster, a poet, professional bassist, music teacher, and recording artist, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: COURTNEY LeBLANC

#TPQ5: COURTNEY LeBLANC
What will Courtney LeBlanc, author of Beautiful & Full of Monsters (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: STEVE HENN

#TPQ5: STEVE HENN
What will Steve Henn, author of Indiana Noble Sad Man of the Year, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: KOLLEEN CARNEY HOEPFNER

#TPQ5: KOLLEEN CARNEY HOEPFNER
What will Kolleen Carney Hoepfner, whose main goal in life is to have Alec Baldwin smile at her, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MARTIN OTT

#TPQ5: MARTIN OTT
What will Martin Ott, author of nine books of poetry and fiction, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: AMORAK HUEY

#TPQ5: AMORAK HUEY
What will Amorak Huey, author of three books of poetry, most recently Boom Box (Sundress, 2019), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: KATIE DARBY MULLINS

#TPQ5: KATIE DARBY MULLINS
What will Katie Darby Mullins, nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: SAMANTHA MERZ

#TPQ5: SAMANTHA MERZ
What will Samantha Merz, published by Fevers of the Mind Poetry Digest, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MEGAN CRAYNE

#TPQ5: MEGAN CRAYNE
What will Megan Crayne, a writer and graduate student in Book Publishing in Portland, OR, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JOSEPH EDWIN HAEGER

#TPQ5: JOSEPH EDWIN HAEGER
What will Joseph Edwin Haeger, author of When I Am a Famous Person (Optography Press), & Learn to Swim (University of Hell Press), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: AMEE NASSRENE BROUMAND

#TPQ5: AMEE NASSRENE BROUMAND
What will Amee Nassrene Broumand, an Iranian-American poet, nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!