Interviews and Profiles
Interview on Famous Writing Routines
“My process always starts with rock tumbling: I tend to tumble a scene (or a poem, or a line, or a passage of dialogue) over in my mind until it’s smooth enough for me to make sense of it.”
Read Emma Bolden’s interview on Famous Writing Routines.
Interview on Salon
“An intimate, eloquent personal history of survival and self-discovery . . . One of the most riveting and accessible accounts of the experience of pain you’ll read all year.” —Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon
Read Mary Elizabeth Williams’ interview with Emma Bolden, “‘I was 13 when doctors started telling me to have a baby’: A real-life tale of medical trauma,” on Salon.
Interview on Electric Lit
“For any reader ever cast as the unreliable narrator of their own story, I suspect Bolden’s memoir will feel like fierce, validating balm.” — Wynter K. Miller, Electric Literature
Profile/Interview on Shondaland
“Bolden’s memoir digs into the layers of sociocultural beliefs around menstruation, fertility, the expectations of women’s role to mate and procreate, and the indivisible links between sexuality, psychological security, desire, and self-awareness.” —Cat Woods, Shondaland
Readings and Events for The Tiger and the Cage:
Chelsea Martin and Emma Bolden present their latest releases, Tell Me I’m An Artist and The Tiger and the Cage via Book Soup
Emma Bolden & Angela Chen (November 1, 2022) via Greenlight Bookstore
Watch the recorded conversation with Angela Chen on Greenlight Bookstore‘s YouTube channel here. You can buy The Tiger and the Cage from Greenlight Books here and Angela Chen’s Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex here.
“Birmingham Poet Uses a ‘House’ to Explore her Personal Loss,” interview with WBHM’s Andrew Yeager.
“Dr. South Love Or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Lady I Was” Local Spotlight at the Black Warrior Review.
NEA Literature Fellow statement and work sample.
“‘My Heart Pedals Shut’: On Distance, Desire, and Lyric Address in Recent Poetry by Women,” an essay about my chapbook, The Sad Epistles, and Megan Kaminski’s Desiring Map by Kristina Marie Darling in The Literary Review
Profiled in “Learning to Keep Going: Alumni Authors” on the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Alumni Association’s blog
Hear me read my short-short story, “Catechism,” from the first issue of the Tahoma Literary Review (August 2014)
Hear me read my essay, “Counting the Lovelies,” in the True Story Reading Series’ Podcast (from August 16th, 2013)
Hear me reading with Kate Greenstreet at the Indian Springs Visiting Writers Series (from February 18th, 2013)
Hear me read “The Witch Should Lament the World” (a poem from Maleficae), Ander Monson’s “Detail of My Sort of Light,” and e.e. cummings’ “maggie and milly and molly and mae” on One Pause Poetry’s mp3 project site