A Warm Welcome to Felicia Zamora, Our Newest Poetry Editor!
Colorado Review proudly welcomes Felicia Zamora as our fifth poetry editor! Zamora, previously CR‘s associate poetry editor, is the author of six poetry collections, including I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize (2021) and the 2022 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, and Body of Render, a Benjamin Saltman Award winner (2020). She’s also won the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, and C. P. Cavafy Prize and received fellowships/residencies from CantoMundo, Ragdale Foundation, and Tin House. Her poems appear in Best American Poetry 2022, Boston Review, Guernica, the Missouri Review, The Nation, Poetry Magazine, Orion, and others. She is an associate professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati.
CR‘s social media manager, Nicole Pagliari, recently asked Felicia some rapid-fire questions about reading and writing.
What’s a book that you never get tired of recommending and/or never get tired of quoting?
Nikki Giovanni’s Those Who Ride the Night Winds is one of my favorites. Giovanni’s poetry and use of ellipses are genius with genius sprinkled on top.
If you could describe your own poetry in three words, what would they be?
Evolving. Permeable. Gorging.
What’s one nonnegotiable part of your writing routine that you absolutely, positively need in order to get anything done?
It’s all negotiable to me. Younger versions of me learned to write in all the in betweens, the connective tissues of the day and spaces. I guess my routine would be routinelessness. The only things I really need are a spark and a pause.
What’s one commonality between all of your favorite poems?
They make me feel and think in ways only that poem can. They agitate and wrestle in the most delicious of ways.
Share a fun fact about yourself!
I love horror movies. So do my brother and sister. My brother is flying to see me at the end of October for a horror-movie marathon. It’s that real.