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Contributions by Anya Ermak:

“Rosoinen sana, rough word”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Maija Mäkinen: …My brain and consciousness are always seething with those two languages, so when I saw the Polyphony submission call, it was like, I thought no one would ever askArtist Anya Ermak: Love what you guys do here on Broadsided… how about a local day tour by the collaborators for each other some day should they ever cross each other’s hoods?… a walk around their town trying some local foods? And snap that broadside selfie?

Maija Mäkinen is a Finnish-born writer and translator. A former Saari Fellow, winner of the University of Cambridge Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, she lives in Brooklyn. Artist Anya Ermak earned a graphic / interior design degree in Russia, where she was born and raised. She lives now in Alaska.

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“Confession Concerning the Ocean”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Elizabeth Langemark: I think I expected images of the ocean itself or maybe some sort of image evoking dissatisfaction. There’s a lot of room within both of those things, so I was looking forward to being surprised in terms of specifics. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Anya Ermak-Bower: The author’s spirit. The strength to stand up against the mainstream perception …

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“Mooring Stones”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your story? Writer Paula Carter: I wasn’t sure. As the creator of something, you are often too close to it to understand what others see. As the reader, you react to something as it is, whole. As the writer, a piece always has a longer more complicated story to tell. What inspires you in this story? Artist Anya Ermak-Bower: The depth of time. And …

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“Learning History in Nursery School”

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Collaborators’ Q&A Did the visual artist refract any element of the poem that made you see the poem differently? Poet Patrick Carrington: She did. She made me realize that the poem was not only about my son, but also about me. When I wrote it, he was the only one I had in mind. I had almost removed myself from it. Anya’s rendering of the two of us sitting together with umbrellas sent me back …

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“Dishes”

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Collaborators’ Q&A Did the story refract any element of the art that made you see the your piece differently? Artist Anya Ermak-Bower: Yes, absolutely. Anna’s response startled me: I couldn’t believe the way her writing precisely conveys my overall spiritual and emotional state at the time I started the piece. When I first read it, I thought, “Wait—what does this have to do with the the illustration? Do the two pieces have a conversation or …

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“joe”

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Poet Michael Spielman lives and writes in Tucson, Arizona. Artist Poet Michael Spielman lives and writes in Tucson, Arizona. earned her design degree from a university in Western Russia. She has lived in Alaska for five years, and channels her creativity into work, cooking, and raising her sons. She is now living in Japan with her family. Image: Pen and ink on paper; 11½” x 8″

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“Sketch of an Astronaut”

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Poet Donald Illich‘s poetry has been published in Fourteen Hills, The Iowa Review, and New Zoo Poetry Review. His work will be published in future issues of the Roanoke Review, Passages North, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, Pinyon, Hubbub, Cold Mountain Review, Naked Knuckle, Cross Connect Magazine, and The Sulphur River Literary Review. “Sketch of an Astronaut” originally appeared in The Iowa Review. Artist Anya Eramk-Bower earned her design degree from a university in Western Russia. …

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