Our newest Grand Master, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, is being featured on Polu Texni – A Magazine of Many Arts (editor Dawn Albright). The series begins with an interview with Kopaska-Merkel and will continue with his poetry posted over the next 4 weeks.
David Kopaska-Merkel has appeared in Polu Texni many times over the years. He has recently been named a Grand Master by the SFPA. We will run poems by him over the next four weeks.
1) Are you primarily a poet, or do you write in other forms as well?
I am primarily a poet, if you go by number of pieces written (close to 2000). However, I wrote fiction first (I still write some), and in terms of total words written, fiction garners first place. Or it would, except I’ve written more than 100 scientific articles, and two science books (a college textbook and a popular-science book, both with co-authors).
2) Tell us about your other writing projects. What are you working on now?
I am working on collaborative poems with a couple of folks I’ve written with before (Ann K. Schwader, Kendall Evans). And I’m working with several poets on a project I can’t say anything about just now. As for solo writing, I am always writing something. And I try to write at least one short poem a day, just to keep my hand in. I post them on my blog: http://dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.blogspot.com/
Geologically, I’m writing about trace fossils and fossil reefs.
3) Who are your favorite authors? In particular, do you have a favorite who is under appreciated that we should check out?