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with Lynn Melnick

The last thing that made you smile

My husband or my children, I’m sure.

A secret

I didn’t know the sun is a star until I was 28.

The last thing you wrote

I just finished a poem about street harassment, toxic masculinity, how sexy I feel at 43, and the song Yankee Doodle.

Your favourite city

New York City.

What you’d place in a time capsule


Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence and If I Should Say I Have Hope, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation. Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere. A 2017-2018 fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, she serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.