There's a great interview with poet (and past HFR contributor) Dora Malech over at First Person Plural, the blog of The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD. Not only does Dora give a shout out to HFR, she has great advice for writers:
...don’t blame poetry for the shortcomings of people/things/society. Keep poetry sacred. Don’t let a rejection slip, or an egomaniacal workshop leader (not at TWC, of course, but they’re out there!), or a snarky blog, or a careerist prize-winner, or a rude editor get between you and the page. The only thing between you and the page is a pen or a pencil. I hope this makes sense; I guess I’m trying to say that if “po-biz” or academia or interpersonal tzurrus or apathy or small-mindedness get you down, which they will, don’t let that poison your relationship with poetry. Easier said than done, I know. But we have to try.