TSP Talks to Authors: YOU?
Feature Artist: W.D. Chandler Smith
A Good Cause: Grand Rapids Culinary Revolution
TSP Talks to Mariela Griffor
TSP Talks to Linda Merlino
TSP Talks to David Poyer
Kalamazoo & Beyond
Novel Excerpt
Zinta Reviews
Tim Bazzett Reviews
Links & Resources
TSP Talks to Authors: YOU?
Submission Guidelines
The Editors


The Smoking Poet Talks to Authors

One of our readers' favorite features—as well as ours!—is our author interviews. In 2013, we plan to expand on this feature and offer more interviews, introducing our readers to talented authors.

Perhaps you have a favorite author and you want to know more about that author. Or, maybe you've never heard of a new rising star in the literary world, and we can introduce you to new reading pleasure. Our interviews are with both established and new authors of note. Browse our current issue or our archived issues to find more author interviews.

To be featured in our author interviews, The Smoking Poet requires a review copy of the most recent book by the author. A Q&A interview will cost 99.00, to be paid through PayPal prior to the interview being emailed to you. A book review will be added at no cost.

Please note that placing an author interview in The Smoking Poet does not guarantee a positive book review. We write our reviews with as an objective perspective as possible, and it is based on the reviewer's opinion only, not the publication's.

An author interview will appear in The Smoking Poet within TWO issues from the time of receipt of payment and review copy of the book. The Smoking Poet is a quarterly publication, but we add in reviews throughout the season of the issue.

To help get the good word to more readers, we use social media, including our fan book on Facebook and Twitter. We also use platforms at Redroom and LinkedIn and various other sites to promote our publication. Editor-in-Chief Zinta Aistars posts her book reviews at Zinta Reviews and Amazon and Goodreads.

To learn more about our author interviews or to request a mailing address for your review copy, contact .

Previous feature authors and artists have included Aberjhani, Jeff Abshear, Sherry Ackerman, Viestarts Aistars, Katie Alvord, Shaindel Beers, Eleanor Bennett, Olga Bonfiglio, Traci Brimhall, Kate Buckley, Derick Burleson, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Rick Chambers, Kurt Cobb, Tish Cohen, William Doreski, Michael Dunn, Stuart Dybek, Pamela Erens, Judith Fein, Holly Friesen, Ed Gray (jikiwe), Michael Loyd Gray, Mariela Griffor, Gail Griffin, Hedy Habra, Ladislav Hanka, Deborah Henry, Jeanne Hess, Conrad Hilberry, Ingrid Hill, Juris Jurjevics, Laura Kasischke, Jen Knox, Kip Kreiling, Dorianne Laux, Paul Levinson, Margo McCafferty, Daiva Markelis, Lori A. May, Sue Miller, Agate Nesaule, Nicolette Hahn Niman, Harry Owen, Marge Piercy, David Poyer, Ed Rode, Jothy Rosenberg, Russell Rowland, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, Tom Rudd, Sniedze Rungis, James Sanford, Laimdota Sele, David Small, Chandler Smith, Dominic Smith, Brent Spink, t. kilgore splake, Joannie Stangeland, Lynn Stegner, Diane Seuss, Marjory Heath Wentworth, Lori Williams, and a long, lustrous list of talented writers and poets.


THE SMOKING POET is a volunteer labor of literary love. The literary magazine, online since 2006, requires financial investment every month. If you believe in what we promote here, a love of the literary and visual arts, please consider making a donation to help keep us online, free to you, for years to come. We appreciate your gift.
Please also use this PayPal link to pay for your author interview after contacting The Smoking Poet to schedule it. Thank you!

ŠAll materials, print, artwork and photography on this site are copyrighted and not to be reprinted without written permission by The Smoking Poet.

Feedback, submissions, ideas? Email