Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost - 20100404 - David Krump and Bill Stobb Interview

William StobbDavid KrumpDavid Krump received the 2006 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry and The Poetry Foundation. He is a graduate student at University of Oxford, and he divides his time between the UK and La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he is the literary coordinator for The Pump House Regional Arts Center. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Colorado Review, Disquieting Muses Quarterly Review, and Verse.  His chapbook Night is a Good Child received the Florence Khan Memorial Award.

He recently wrote a play called 5000 pounds: seven soldiers’ stories, which debuted at The Pump House in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and will be appearing on Wisconsin Public Television in 2010.

William Stobb is an Associate Professor of English at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Born and raised in central Minnesota, Stobb earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. with a dissertation on "The Rhetoric of Poetic Witness" from the University of Nevada.  In 2000, Stobb was awarded the Nevada Arts Council Poetry fellowship, and his first collection, a chapbook entitled For Better Night Vision, was published by the Black Rock Press.  Stobb's poems began appearing in journals and zines including American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, American Literary Review, Denver Quarterly, Conduit, and Jacket. In 2006, Stobb's first full-length manuscript, Nervous Systems, was selected for the National Poetry Series and was published in 2007 by Penguin Books.
Of Nervous Systems, National Poetry Series judge August Kleinzahler writes, "Jittery, synaptic, wide-ranging... filled with audacious turns, swerves, juke-steps, leaps, while still somehow managing to get the poems where they were meant to go.  Mr. William Stobb has nerve, talent, and engages this madly accelerating, often nearly indecipherable world in what's called real time.  And he manages it without sacrificing emotional force.  That's something special."

At Viterbo, Stobb teaches courses in Composition, Creative Writing, Modern and Contemporary Poets, Environmental Literature, and Rhetorical Theory.  He also works as English faculty advisor for the campus art and literary journal, Touchstone, trains peer tutors for the campus Learning Center, and chairs the Writing Across the Curriculum committee.

Stobb hosts a monthly poetry podcast on miPOradio entitled "Hard to Say."  With David Krump, Stobb co-curates the monthly poetry events at the Pump House Regional Arts Center.  In 2009, he fulfilled a life-long dream by joining the editorial staff of Conduit.


OK, April fools on the author photos!  Above we have Robert Penn Warren and William S. Burroughs on the left and right respectively.  If there wasn't a nine years difference in their ages I'd say they were separated at birth, no?