Meet the Flock: Norita Dittberner-Jax

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.