Denise Duhamel injects poetry with humor

Inspicio Arts, our sister art publication platform, has published a video conversation with poet Denise Duhamel, whose most recent poetry books include Second StoryScald, and Blowout, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Her other books include Ka-Ching!Two and TwoQueen for a Day: Selected and New PoemsThe Star-Spangled Banner and Kinky. Her poems usually take a satirical or comedic approach to subjects such as feminism and pop culture.

“It’s a way of twisting language and engaging people,” Duhamel said. “I think there’s a lot of things in poetry that sort of mirror stand-up comedy in a strange way.”

Duhamel is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her collaboration with writer Julie Marie Wade, The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose, was published by Noctuary Press in 2019. Duhamel is a Distinguished University Professor in the MFA Creative Writing program at Florida International University. 

Watch the entire interview here.

Sidney Peralta is a digital journalism major. She is interested in social and political news. She would like to pursue a career in the world of political media after she graduates.