Name: Norita Dittberner-Jax
Role at Red Bird: Poetry Editor
How I became involved with Red Bird and why I agreed to do it:
I was asked to consider being one of the poetry editors. I knew some of the editors and the publisher, but had only a peripheral knowledge of Red Bird. I looked at the chapbooks and thought them beautiful and so well-done that I decided I wanted to be part of this.
Recent Red Bird project(s):
I am working with three manuscripts this year, two of which are almost finished. I like the work very much. I choose the manuscripts and work closely with the poets.
For me, this is a way of “giving back” as an artist to an art form I have loved and practiced for years.
A little about my own work and what I am currently working on: I have three collections in print, two of them full-length: What They Always Were from New Rivers Press and The Watch from Whistling Shade Press. Longing For Home is a chapbook about a journey to Eastern Europe published by Pudding House Press. Stopping For Breath will be published in October, 2014, by Nodin Press. I am working on poem and an essay about traveling in the Yucatan.
My favorite thing(s) that can be found in the public domain:
I don’t check in to the same ones. I check out whatever interests me online. I am a great reader of newspapers and books – novels, poetry, memoir. It’s difficult for me to give books away. I love the feel of paper. Right now I live in both worlds.