I interviewed poet and editor extraordinaire Jessica Fischoff for my gig as features editor over at Parhelion Literary Magazine and thought I’d share the interview here at Rust Belt Girl. Not only is Jessica from Ohio (like this girl)–I joked with her that I had to take a second look when first reading her poem “Oh,” which is not short for Ohio–but she lives in Pittsburgh, another legit Rust Belt place. We talked a bit about how her Jewish upbringing has impacted her poetry, about how her poems are inspired by imagery, and about the many exciting things she’s got going on with the journals she edits. I love to see how the mind of a poet and editor ticks–and I think you will too. Take care and have a good weekend, all. ~Rebecca


Rebecca here. The day before attending her fabulously-generative and imaginative workshop, “Writing as the Character in Poetry,” hosted over Zoom by Lit Youngstown, Jessica Fischoff and I chatted about all things writing and editing right now.

Jessica Fischoff is the author of The Desperate Measure of Undoing (Across the Margin, 2019), and editor of the upcoming Pittsburgh Anthology (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2020). She is also the owner/editor of [PANK] Magazine and Books, and American Poetry Journal. Her thoughts on editing appear in Best American Poetry and The Kenyon Review. Her writing appears in Diode Poetry Journal, The Southampton Review, Prelude, Creative Nonfiction, Fjords Review, and Yemassee, among others.

Jessica, I adored your poems in The Desperate Measure of Undoing. There’s so much mystery to be unraveled—from age-old stories from the Bible, from Greek and Roman myths. Your poem “I’ve Been Spreading…

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