Down the Bayou: Talking Poetry with J. Bruce Fuller, Editor of YELLOW FLAG PRESS

One of the things I love most about being in Graduate school again is that sense of being surrounded by extremely talented people. The University of Louisiana has a pretty popular Creative Writing department, so I have found myself keeping company with quite few poets and fiction writers. I have to say, I feel very lucky to be here.

Recently, one of my friends in the department, J Bruce Fuller, who also happens to be quite the talented poet, was interviewed about his publishing company, Yellow Flag Press. My favorite line of the interview concerns Walt Whitman who may or may not be dressed in drag. Did I tell you already how much I love graduate school?


Lion 7 copy Undoubtedly one of the best kept secrets in Cajun Country, Yellow Flag Press is the poetry world’s little engine that could. Steadily climbing the literary heights with such ringers as Darrel Bourque, the new (appointed by me) Emperor of Creole-dom and former Louisiana Poet Laureate and the very highly praised Amy Watkins, YFP is quickly becoming one the small press darlings to know.

I was lucky enough to obtain two of their titles recently (including the latest from Bourque) for a second Louisiana poetry roundup that will run later this month at Sabotage Reviews (UK).

Besides graciously providing these gorgeous, handmade gems, Editor J. Bruce Fuller also shared his thoughts on everything from current poetry trends to his literary heroes.

And in the the spirit of Halloween, I may J. Bruce Fullerhave asked,  “What Frankenstein-y mishmash of fictional, historical or pop culture characters best represents Yellow Flag?”   


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