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Contributions by Christina Olson:

“Catalogue of Damages”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: What inspires you in this poem? What drew you to it? Artist Cheryl Gross:  I am involved in a project called: Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Extinction. The poem talks about the past and mentions two aspects of elephant history, which are extinct. Then it goes onto talk about a relationship that is past, but not necessarily in the forefront.  Read any good books lately? Poet Christina Olson: If this broadside is your jam, you need to go read Elena Passarello’s Animals Strike Curious Poses. Or Lucia Perillo.

Poet Christina Olson‘s most recent chapbook, The Last Mastodon, was a winner of the Rattle 2019 Chapbook Contest. Artist Cheryl Gross is an animator and artist who teaches at the Pratt Institute in New York.

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“At the Christmas Party for the Infectious Diseases”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Christina Olson: I don’t think a poem that imagines infectious diseases getting together for a holiday party should take itself too seriously, and I think that Lisa hit just the right note. It’s joyful and a little sinister. That, and I love the palate of colors: the red, and the green, and the blue. Artist Lisa Sette: …The image and poem had more points of intersection than I thought they would. When I read the poem, I instantly thought of this image, but it surprised to see how often moments in the poem were also in the image. There are visual links to the poem that anchor it.

Poet Christina Olson’s first book of poems, Before I Came Home Naked, will be published by Spire Press. She is currently a visiting professor of writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Artist Lisa Sette holds a BFA in photography and a master’s degree in biology.

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