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Talking Paper Interview Series: Amy Saul-Zerby

Talking Paper Interview Series: Amy Saul-Zerby

Amy Saul-Zerby is a Philadelphia-based poet and managing editor of Voicemail Poems. Her writing has appeared in The YOLO PagesPainted Bride Quarterly, and other publications. Among her inspirations are digital image macros, and in 2013 she self-published a collection of Snapchat poetry titled 10 Seconds in Heaven. She joined Voicemail Poems in 2014, two years after its founding by Jamie J. Mortara during 2012’s National Poetry Month. A collection of Saul-Zerby’s poetry, Paper Flowers (Imaginary Birds), is being published through Punk Hostage Press. In July 2015, she journeyed to New York City to take part in a Nomadic Press-organized reading at Nunu Chocolates Café & Tap Room with fellow Punk Hostage authors A. RazorPuma Perl, and James Anthony Tropeano. I later followed up with Saul-Zerby and interviewed her about working with Punk Hostage Press, Voicemail Poems, the importance of readings, and the Philadelphia literary scene.

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Talking Paper Interview Series: A. Razor

Talking Paper Interview Series: A. Razor

A. Razor is a writer and poet based in Los Angeles, who co-founded Punk Hostage Press with fellow writer Iris Berry in 2012, and literary outreach non-profit Words as Works soon after. Born in Brooklyn, but raised in California, Razor has lived a turbulent life that has included periods of homelessness and prison incarceration. Yet a consistent dedication to his personal writing process has remained a therapeutic constant and has produced a prolific literary output. First published as a teen at the dawn of the 1980s in L.A.’s underground magazines and literary publications, Razor met poetry publisher Drew Bailey at a reading in 1982 and eventually published 11 titles through Bailey’s Drew Blood Press from 1984–95—beginning with the chapbook, Spare Blades, and concluding with Ash Graffiti After a Riot. 2012 saw the release of Better Than a Gun in a Knife Fight from Punk Hostage Press, edited by Berry, along with Beaten Up Beaten Down, with an introduction by S.A. Griffin. Razor brought copies of both titles with him for a July reading in Brooklyn at Nunu Chocolates Café & Tap Room organized by Nomadic Press. The event’s other writers included Puma PerlAmy Saul-Zerby, and James Anthony Tropeano. Before leaving town, I sat down with Razor to discuss the history of Punk Hostage Press, his literary influences, as well as the process that has sustained him, and a recent habit of posting poetry on Facebook during his wide-ranging travels.

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