Presenting: Sun Star Review #2

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We are thrilled to announce the release of our inaugural issue of Sun Star Review! Please click over to our current issue page to view or download a copy of our latest release. We’d just like to take a moment to thank all of our contributors, submitters, and everyone else who helped make this a reality. Thanks so much, and thanks for reading!

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Meet the Author: Adriana Campoy

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We were so excited to have the opportunity to feature some of Adriana’s beautiful poetry  in our first issue. She’s a multi-talented writer with an MFA from the University of Washington and an MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from the University of Cambridge. You can also see Adriana’s work in the short film People Are Becoming Clouds, which she cowrote the screenplay for.

What is your favorite place to write in/at?

Usually at home, alone at my desk, where I can get up and pace and read aloud without bothering anyone. Sometimes the kitchen table, where there is lots of light and there are snacks close by. 😉 Occasionally it’s nice to go to a cafe when I’m revising.

We loved the variety of subjects in your poems and the sense of the poems reaching outwards to see through different perspectives. Can you tell us about what inspires your poetry?

It’s usually an image that grabs my attention–a painting or sculpture, a movement in a dance, something I spot while on a walk or cycling home. Occasionally it’s stories that people tell me–“El Mamey” was inspired by something one of my aunts told me during a visit to Mexico City. In the past year I’ve been thinking a lot about slowing down moments in time and describing them in detail and letting the images speak that way. I find it to be a really good exercise even if I don’t get a poem out of it.

Can you tell us a bit about your use of form? How do you decide what form a poem should take?

I usually just let it unfold in a way that feels natural to the image or to the shape of the sentence that’s unwinding–I wish I had a better answer than that!

If you could spend one day as any plant, animal, or non-human organism, what would you be?

I think I would be kelp swaying with the waves somewhere in the San Juan Islands.