An interview with the late, great Linda Pastan
“Along the indifferent corridors / of space, angels could be hiding,” Linda Pastan wrote in her poem “Muse.” ASP honors the legacy of Linda Pastan (1932–2023), a former Poet Laureate of Maryland, who passed away last week. Pastan was the author of the 2018 poetry book A Dog Runs Through It, which won the Towson University Literary Award. She was the 2003 winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement. She taught at American University and served on the staff of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Pastan lived in Potomac, Maryland and published fifteen books of poetry over the course of her life.
Pastan generously supported the work of fellow writers, including Grace Cavalieri. Cavalieri, Maryland’s current Poet Laureate, was featured in ASP’s Legacy series with “Other Voices, Other Lives: A Grace Cavalieri Collection.” The Legacy series honors writers who consistently publish their works in indie presses, maintain reputations in more than one genre, and champion the works of other writers. You can listen to Cavalieri, and host of The Poet and the Poem, interview Pastan about A Dog Runs Through It here.
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