VCU MFA Alumna and Professor Collaborate to Share Extended Interviews From the Making of Their Levis Documentary in New Book

July 31, 2020

Prismatics book cover imageWhen Michele Poulos and Gregory Donovan teamed up to film the documentary, A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet, they shot hours of interviews with some of the most influential, revered poets in the United States. The film, which was released in 2016, could only pack but so much of that compelling content into its 92-minute running time. Poulos, an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University’s M.F.A. in creative writing program and the film’s director, and Donovan, a longtime creative writing professor at VCU, knew well before filming was done that they would have to find another outlet to share a more comprehensive record of the poet’s words.

As a result, Donovan and Poulos, who are married, have collaborated on another project, Prismatics: Larry Levis & Contemporary American Poetry, a book that collects transcriptions of the extended interviews conducted during the making of the film. Prismatics features discussions with David St. John (who also contributed the foreword), Philip Levine, Charles Wright, Norman Dubie, Gerald Stern, Carolyn Forché, Stanley Plumly, Colleen McElroy, David Wojahn, Carol Muske-Dukes, Kathleen Graber, Peter Everwine, Charles Hanzlicek and Gail Wronsky.

For more information, please read the article in VCU News.