Interview: Derek Mong

Derek Mong (2011)In the first installment of a new series of interviews on TMR, managing editor Michael Nye talked with Derek Mong, author of the poetry collection Other Romes (Saturnalia Press, 2011). Mong was the 2008 – 2010 Axton Fellow in Poetry at the University of Louisville, where he taught literature, creative writing, and hosted “The Soul That Grows in Darkness: The Axton Festival of Film and Verse.”  From 2006 – 2007 he was the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has previously taught at the University of Michigan, SUNY-Albany, and with young writer’s workshops at Kenyon College and Denison University, his alma mater. In the fall of 2010 he began a PhD in English Literature at Stanford University. Derek spoke with us from his home in Palo Alto.