A collection of interviews published by the Saranac Review.
Michael Devine is an Associate Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh and the Poetry Editor for Saranac Review. However, he also fronts a band he formed called Famous Letter Writer. His wife, Julia, plays keyboards and sings; Zach Hirsch is the drummer. “Famous Letter Writer is not so much a band as it is a concept, a collective,” Devine says. “It's also a character, each song a different chapter.” Attempting to bridge the gap between pop culture and poetics with his music, Devine explains the concept of his band.
I wouldn’t say I read the same story over and over, but I would say that I see interest in certain topics or tropes. Sometimes I see the same imagery being used. I think writers are drawn to types of stories, like the failing marriage story or the parent dying story, because there’s naturally-ingrained tension there. For a bit I was seeing a lot of what I labeled the “suburban story” in which characters wander around suburban landscapes filled with ennui which I think spoke to this certain placelessness and discomfort with contemporary life in those landscapes.