Poet Charles Jensen, who is also director of the Writer’s Center, was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.
Charles Jensen is the author of four collections of poetry, including Living Things, which won the 2006 Frank O'Hara Chapbook Award, and The First Risk. A past recipient of an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, his poetry has appeared in Bloom, Columbia Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, The Journal, New England Review, spork, and West Branch. He holds an MFA in poetry from Arizona State University.
The First Risk consists of four extended sequences on subjects ranging from the death of Matthew Shepard to films of Alfred Hitchcock and Pedro Almodóvar and a novella in verse about a physicist in search of his lost wife.
Reviews: “Charles Jensen finds another form – and quite an appealing one – to embody this eternal fascination with the power of the tongue.” – Susan Sttlemyre Williams, Blackbird.
On his Kinemapoetics blog, Jensen says “I make little films out of poems” and refers to his work as his “Filmography.”