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Interview with Author and Poet Jonathan Koven

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

I was raised on Long Island, NY. My first writings date back to when I was a child. Art always offered me comfort even at a young age. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Literature from American University in Washington DC, where I then lived for seven years and met my fiancée, Delana. We’ve since moved to Philadelphia into a home with our two precious cats, Peanut Butter and Keebler.

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2) What inspired you to write your book?

Palm Lines is largely influenced by my own experiences and relationships, with friends and family and with myself. Yet, more than anything, I hope others read and find something to latch onto themselves.

3) What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

Be kind to the lonely child waiting in your heart.

4) What drew you into this particular genre?

I’m drawn to poetry the way blood reaches my heart, the way wounds scab over.

5) What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

Maybe Instagram or Twitter, but mainly I’ve found my fans through other channels — workshops, open mics, journal events etc…

6) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

Write more than you know what to do with, and never stop believing it is all worth the wait.

7) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

My debut fiction novella Below Torrential Hill is a 2020 Electric Eclectic Novella Prize winner, and releases this December. What to expect? A supernatural comet, voices from the sink, a boy’s coming-of-age, a presence calling from the woods . . . Keep an eye out! I also have a few shorter poems and fiction pieces being published before then. Follow my Twitter or Instagram for updates @jonathankoven. You can also read all my work featured so far at this link.

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About the Author

Jonathan Koven grew up on Long Island, NY, embraced by tree-speak, tide’s rush, and the love and support of his family. He holds a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from American University, works as a technical writer, and is Toho Journal’s head fiction editor and workshop coordinator. He lives in Philadelphia with his best friend and future wife Delana, and cats Peanut Butter and Keebler. Credits include Lindenwood Review, Night Picnic Press, Iris Literary, and more. His debut chapbook Palm Lines is available from Toho Publishing, and his award-winning novella Below Torrential Hill is expected winter 2021 from Electric Eclectic.

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Palm Lines by Jonathan Koven Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Author and poet Jonathan Koven explores the transformative journey that is life in his short book of poetry, “Palm Lines”.

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The Synopsis

These heartfelt poems speak to a transformative journey “to rediscover love as both a question and an answer.” Seeking hope, honoring family, finding love, accepting time’s passage, and understanding gratitude are all major themes explored in this dreamlike collection. 

The Review

This was quite a powerful and emotionally-driven collection of poetry. The author and poet has done an amazing job of balancing the imagery used to conjure up memories of the past, present, and things yet to come with the more in-depth and personal emotional journey that is embedded into those memories. The way the author utilizes a more metaphysical narrative to explore the emotions of these poems really stood out from the rest of the other poetry books I’ve read, splitting up each section of the book into the Heart, Head, and Life Lines that goes typically into reading palms. 

The poems themselves came across beautifully, perfectly capturing the raw emotions that the author poured into each verse. The poetry often read like a haunting melody or song, captivating the reader to live these memories for themselves and take on the feelings that they often invoked, as well as bringing to mind the shared experiences that people could relate with within this narrative, metaphysical poetry.

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The Verdict

A breathtaking, heartfelt, and memorable read, author and poet Jonathan Koven’s “Palm Lines” is a must-read book of poetry. The way the author blends nature and metaphysical themes into the more personal narratives of the poems themselves really stood out in a positive way, making this book shine. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Jonathan Koven grew up on Long Island, NY, embraced by tree-speak, tide’s rush, and the love and support of his family. He holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from American University, works as a technical writer, and is Toho Journal’s head fiction editor and workshop coordinator. He lives in Philadelphia with his best friend and future wife Delana, and cats Peanut Butter and Keebler. Read Jonathan’s debut chapbook Palm Lines, now available from Toho Publishing. His award-winning novella Below Torrential Hill is expected winter 2021 from Electric Eclectic. Find more of his short fiction and poetry in:

• American Literary [2012; spring 2013]

• Toho Journal [vol. 1, issue 2]

• Cathexis Northwest [May 2020]

• The Lindenwood Review [issue 10]

• Pub House Books’ Gravitas [vol. 19, issue 1]

• 25 Servings of SOOP [vol.1]

• Paragon Press’ Echo [issue 8]

• Night Picnic Press [June 2020]

• Assure Press’ Iris Literary [fall 2020]

• Black Mountain Press’ Halcyone Literary [vol. 3, issue 3]

• The Dewdrop [April 2021]

• The Dillydoun Review [April 2021]

• 300 Days of Sun [summer 2021]

• Grattan Street Press [fall 2021]

• Head & The Hand Press’ Hindsight is 2020 [fall 2021] 

https://jonathanadamkoven.wixsite.com/portfolio