Meet The Interns: Anthony Cinquepalmi

Anthony Cinquepalmi is a sophomore English (Creative Writing) major in Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. He has been enthralled with poetry for the past six years and hopes to make poetry his focus in the upcoming semester. Other interests include photography and specialty coffee, the latter of which he plans on pursuing thoroughly alongside his writing, and the former being the knowledge foundation for his work on Superstition Review‘s Photoshop/Design tasks.

Superstition Review: What is your position with Superstition Review and what are your responsibilities?

Anthony Cinquepalmi: I am the Photoshop editor. I touch up headshots and design advertisements.

SR: Why did you decide to get involved with Superstition Review?

AC: I wanted to get a closer look at the publishing world. I figure: working with other writers and/or publishers can only benefit my own writing knowledge. Last year, I was talking with a friend about this desire when another Superstition Review intern overhead the conversation and told us to apply. Here we are.

SR: Besides interning for Superstition Review, how do you spend your time?

AC: School and work consume almost equal halves of my week. I work at Cartel Coffee Lab in Tempe, though, when I’m not working or schooling, I visit with friends or I read or write.

SR: What other position(s) for Superstition Review would you like to try out?

AC: Poetry Editor.

SR: Describe one of your favorite literary works.

AC: Letters to a Young Poet, a series of letters from Rainer Maria Rilke to an aspiring poet attending a military academy, is one of the most enlightening pieces I’ve ever read, and it’s non-fiction! It has become a reference point, a source of hope–even, a new bible.

SR: What are you currently reading?

AC: For class: Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and The Norton Anthology American Literature. For fun: Making Certain it Goes On: The Collected Poems of Richard Hugo, John Berryman: Selected Poems (American Poets Project), The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, and Howl by Allen Ginsberg.

SR: Creatively, what are you currently working on?

AC: I’m currently pursuing photography as well as creative writing. I’m hoping to release a chapbook later on this year.

SR: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

AC: Well, hopefully not dried up in terms of writing, and I’d like to be finished with formal education (with an MFA from somewhere or other). I want to exhibit photography at least once, have a chunk of poetry published in book form. I’m not opposed to teaching. I want to go to London.


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11 thoughts on “Meet The Interns: Anthony Cinquepalmi

  • October 11, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I’m glad my eavesdropping and interrupting actually led to you and Mary joining SR! And I’ve been frequenting Cartel quite often lately, I’ll keep my eye out for you and say hi next time.

  • October 11, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Wow Anthony, you have such focus and clear goals as a sophomore! I’m impressed. I’m a senior and I’m still wondering what I’ll jump into after graduation. It’s really great to see how dedicated you are to your passions!

  • October 11, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    @Katie I was thinking the same thing. Anthony seems to know exactly what he wants in his future and has a plan on how to get there.

  • October 11, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Yeah, I’ve only been to Cartel at the Downtown Phoenix location. I had an internship over the summer near city hall, so it was the cool little place I found for my caffeine fix. Totally by accident (they were out of non-fat milk!), I got addicted to iced soy lattes. And it’s great that they use the unsweetened soy milk. Okay, yes, I might like coffee just a little. Yay for local coffee shops!

  • October 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Anthony, thank you for the book suggestion (Letters to a Young Poet). My passion is for anything nonfiction, so this sounds right up my alley. It does sound like you have a pretty solid plan going forward ~ much succcess to you in your future endeavors.

  • October 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I’ve heard great things about The Unbearable Lightness of Being. How are you liking it? And I must say I’m a little jealous of your clarity in your goals. I’m also a senior and much less certain.

  • October 13, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I’ll have to check it out Letters to a Young Poet and the American Literature Anthology.
    Best wishes on your chapbook and graduate school.

  • October 13, 2010 at 10:58 am


    Your passion for poetry reminds me of my passion for fiction. I hope you accomplish all of your creative and aesthetic goals!

    -Maria A.

  • October 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    To Jason–

    Richard Hugo’s “Triggering Town” is a must read for anyone interested in writing.

    Also, I have his collection “Making Certain It Goes On” which essentially compiles all his poetry. It’s swell.

    To everyone–

    Thank you for your kind words!

    (ps. Read Rilke’s work)

  • October 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Hey man
    Letters to a Young Poet sounds like a great read! We have a lot of the same interests it seems!

    Right on

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