Kathleen Ossip is the author of The Do-Over, a New York Times Editors' Choice. She was a 2016-2017 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and she teaches at The New School in New York.
"Most of the centos I’ve written have been the result of my encountering a text, or a group of related texts, with which I want to engage in some way. I collect passages, either in a notebook or a Word document. I don’t have a subject in mind, although one of my centos in the Sewanee Review (“J Is for Judgment,” forthcoming in the Spring issue), grew out of my focus on the repeated appearance of a particular word in a girl’s diary. Repetition of her use of that word—“Father”—was the engine or organizing principle of that poem."