Deborah Hauser

Self inflicted Gaunt spare laid bare

The Next-Big-Thing Interview with Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman

I am pleased to introduce Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman who graciously agreed to be interviewed here on my blog about her chapbook.

What is the title of your book?


Was your book self-published or represented by an agency?

It was selected by poet Arthur Sze and published by the Poetry Society of America as part of their New York Chapbook Fellowship Program.

What genre does your book fall under?


What inspired you to write this book?

The world and a need to keep moving through it.

 Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Many poems in the chapbook emerge from my experience as a ballet dancer, so, rather than a movie, I’d love to see Lure danced by the Netherlands Dance Theater, an innovative company I’ve long admired.



How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Almost ten years.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

There’s a tightrope walker, museums that speak and listen, a Patient, patience, goldenseal, and this


What’s next?

I’m working on a book of poems about intimacy, the sea, health, and healing.

Check back soon for links to interviews with these tagged poets: Heather June Gibbons and Simone Muench.

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