What is Divedapper?
Glad you asked! It's a project devoted exclusively to featuring interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. It has no affiliation with any institution, academic or literary or otherwise. All site content will be free forever to anyone with an internet connection.
Who are you?
My name's Kaveh Akbar; I founded and edit Divedapper. Sarah Miller Freehauf and Paige Lewis, our Assistant Editors, handle transcriptions and copy-editing and general good vibes. Our esteemed Creative Director, Alex Sperellis, designed the site you see before you, and our Developer, Boyma-njor Fahnbulleh, built it.
Pleased to meet you all. What's a divedapper?
It's a type of grebe (a duckish water bird) to which Shakespeare compares Adonis in his “Venus and Adonis” (“Upon this promise did he raise his chin, / Like a dive-dapper peering through a wave, / Who, being look'd on, ducks as quickly in”). I've always loved the poem and that line and its pun and it's just a nice sounding word, isn't it? Our tagline, "A Constellation of Poetic Phenomena," is both an accurate description of our content and a play on this.
How do you decide who to interview?
I solicit interviews with poets whose work I can (and usually already have) proudly proselytize(d). They might range from academic titans to small press instigators—the only qualification is that I be able to back the work. If the poet is amenable, we move forward.
Why are you doing this?
I want to be able to have meaningful conversations with the poets whose words have shaped the way I experience the world, and I want to share the artifacts of those conversations with as many people as possible.
Cool! Can I give you my money?
Absolutely—here's our online store.
Can you try to get my favorite poet for your site?
Maybe! Send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the name of the poet you're interested in seeing and I'll let you know if they fit the bill.
Can you post the interview I did with my favorite poet?
Probably not, but I'd be happy to take a look. Send it to email@example.com.
When's your next interview coming out?
We try to post a new interview every other Monday.
All your interviews suck. Your questions suck. Your site sucks, you suck, and you should feel bad.
I sincerely invite you to make your own interview site and suck as much or as little as you please.
I have a question/comment/concern joy/rapture/sorrow to share with you. How do I get in touch?
Send all such queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.