Jenni B. Baker (@jennibbaker) is the founder and editor of Found Poetry Review, one of the leading literary magazines dedicated solely to found poetry as a form. I was part of the Pulitzer Remix project that Jenni organized for National Poetry Month in 2013. It was a wonderful experience, and a large part of this was Jenni’s vision for the project, and her ability to carry it through.
Back in October 2013, I had the opportunity to chat with Jenni over email about FPR and its history.
[Note: Due to LP editorial tardiness, FPR's fascinating recent projects aren't represented in Medsker's otherwise-thorough interview below—they are: OULIPOST, their 2014 National Poetry Month project, and Lá Bloom, a special online issue published in celebration of Bloomsday 2014. FPR's latest issue is volume 6.]
Josh Medsker: What was the impetus for starting Found Poetry Review? Tell Luna Park’s readers a little about the birth of FPR.
Jenni B. Baker: I started the Found Poetry Review in 2011 largely because I’m incapable of keeping any of my interests to myself. As soon as I really get into something, I can’t just continue to enjoy it privately—I have to turn the volume up to 11.
Medsker: For those who don’t know, what is found poetry? Also, I don’t think I have ever asked you how you came to found poetry—or what your favorite method of found poetry is.
Baker: The easiest way to think of found poetry is as the literary version of a collage. Just as visual artists tear pictures and swatches from different media and make them into something new, so do found poets excerpt words and phrases from a source text(s) and weave them into a piece whose subject and format can differ substantially from the original(s). READ MORE >