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Today's guest, Kathleen Rooney, is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. Her most recent book is the novel in poems Robinson Alone, winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Poetry. Her collaborative chapbook, The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go, co-written with Elisa Gabbert, has just been released by the feminist publisher Hyacinth Girl Press, and her debut novel O, Democracy! is forthcoming in 2014.
Kathleen stopped in to chat with us about plagiarizing herself, rescuing Oprah, and why memoir from younger writers gets such a bad rap.
In Kathleen's words,
The pitfalls of memoir written by younger writers are identical to the pitfalls of memoir written by any writer. It's sort of a specious suggestion to say that young people write bad memoirs more often or that the