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The Interviews


The Interview: Sandra Beasley
An Award-winning Poet & Writer

The Wise Owl talks to Sandra Beasley, an award-winning poet & author. Beasley is the author of the poetry collections Made to Explode (W.W. Norton, 2021), winner of the Housatonic Book Award, Count the Waves (W. W. Norton, 2015), Theories of Falling (New Issues, 2008), winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize, and I Was the Jukebox, (W.W. Norton, 2010), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, as well as the memoir Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life (Crown, 2011), which is a memoir and a cultural history of food allergies. She also edited Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance (University of Georgia Press, 2018). Her poetry has been in multiple anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2010, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and various prestigious journals. 

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The Interview: Alokparna Das
An Award-winning writer

The Wise Owl talks to Dr. Alokparna Das, a print journalist for three decades and also a trained musician, having learnt both Hindustani and Carnatic classical styles. Her first book, 'Prominent Hindu Deities: Myths & Meanings', found mention in the Encyclopaedia of Hinduism. Her second book, 'Haveli Sangeet', won the Golden Book 2022 and Woman Writer of the Year awards. Her third book, 'Abodes of the Sun God', won the Non-Fiction Author of the Year and Golden Book Award 2023. She has also won Research Excellence Award 2020 and several prizes at music competitions. As an amateur photographer, Alokparna has participated in various exhibitions and won awards for her photographs.

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The Interview: Michael Solovyev
A Watercolor Artist of renown

The Wise Owl talks to Michael Solovyev, a watercolor artist of great renown, with exhibitions and workshops all over the world, from Bolivia to France to Australia. Michael’s prolific watercolor artistry translates into 16 personal and over 70 group exhibitions around the world, where he won multiple awards and recognitions. In recent years, he represented Canada at many renowned watercolor festivals all over the world. He is also the Brand Ambassador of Daniel Smith and Escoda International, two of the world’s leading manufacturers of art and watercolor materials.

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