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Interview with Meredith Alling photo
March 29, 2017 | Interview

Interview with Meredith Alling

Gregory Lee Sullivan

What I like most about the story is that the grossness makes way for the sadness.

Interview with Lauren Grodstein  photo
March 21, 2017 | Interview

Interview with Lauren Grodstein 

Rob Volansky

Grodstein is the author of four previous books, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything. She was kind enough to answer some of my questions regarding OUR SHORT HISTORY, out now from Algonquin Books.

Interview with Christopher Smith photo
February 20, 2017 | Interview

Interview with Christopher Smith

Gregory Lee Sullivan

I’m fascinated by the idea of nonlinear time — that linear time is a construct we use to make sense of the world. Now, maybe without linear time we’d all be mad. But I find great comfort in accepting the idea, intellectually, that linear time isn’t necessarily real. 

Maggie Estep interview photo
February 12, 2017 | Interview

Maggie Estep interview

Jeremy Keighley

The night after my book launch at Power House Arena in Brooklyn, I slept over at my friend Logan’s house in Clinton... more

Interview with Donika Kelly  photo
February 6, 2017 | Interview

Interview with Donika Kelly 

Daniel Pieczkolon

BESTIARY was released in October of 2016 by Graywolf Press and has garnered a great deal of praise, including being longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award in Poetry. Kelly was kind enough to answer a few of my questions via email regarding the notion of self in poetry, how trauma and grief can manifest in art, and how her critical work informs (or fails to inform) her poetry.

"You look like you're trying to write the Great American Novel, which makes me want to barf": An Interview with Kevin Wilson  photo
January 24, 2017 | Interview

"You look like you're trying to write the Great American Novel, which makes me want to barf": An Interview with Kevin Wilson 

Aaron Burch

I've... more

An Interview with Adam Ehrlich Sachs photo
December 30, 2016 | Interview

An Interview with Adam Ehrlich Sachs

Michael Deagler

I had written a few aborted short stories before, but really I specialized in aborted novels.

Monsters of Love: April Ayers Lawson on Art, Gender, Trauma and Stumbling Towards Human Connection photo
December 28, 2016 | Interview

Monsters of Love: April Ayers Lawson on Art, Gender, Trauma and Stumbling Towards Human Connection

Mesha Maren

The stories in Virgin blew me away with their strange sexy intelligence and overall aliveness.

An Interview with Louisa Ermelino photo
December 9, 2016 | Interview

An Interview with Louisa Ermelino

Michael Deagler

As the real world feels increasingly devoid of magic, we are correct to admire those writers who attempt to interject some magic back into it.

The Art of Fiction Lists photo
December 6, 2016 | The Art of...

The Art of Fiction Lists

an interview with Chris Bachelder, by Aaron Burch

I think ten t-shirts would be too many to write about, but I’m perversely hoping that twenty-two is somehow not too many. A writer can, I think, pass beyond “too many” or “too much” to a sense of rightness or aptness. The paradox: More than too much is sometimes not too much.

An Interview with Amy Gustine  photo
October 14, 2016 | Interview

An Interview with Amy Gustine 

Michael Deagler

Within its pages, the reader is invited to discover those wondrous things that only great short fiction can offer: an abbreviated window into disparate lives, intense and intricate moments of distress and disclosure, completely self-contained and executed in twenty-five pages or less (Deagler on Gustine's Collection).

Feeding the Statues Dynamite with Sean Kilpatrick photo
September 27, 2016 | Interview

Feeding the Statues Dynamite with Sean Kilpatrick

Nicholas Rys

I only want to read erased fucking.

Interview with Jade Sharma  photo
September 22, 2016 | Interview

Interview with Jade Sharma 

Michael Deagler

The Millennial aspect is important because, like many Millennials, its protagonist does not wear labels easily.

Exploring Remains: An Interview with Lucy K. Shaw photo
September 7, 2016 | Interview

Exploring Remains: An Interview with Lucy K. Shaw

Elle Nash

I was retroactively making a story out of a time in my life when I was interested in writing, wanted to ‘be a writer’, but didn’t necessarily have the skills or direction to actually pull it off.

Interview with Sara Majka photo
September 1, 2016 | Interview

Interview with Sara Majka

Michael Deagler

But the true malevolence of Majka’s world—the thing that traps her characters in a state of lifelong discontent—most often manifests in mundane hauntings: regret and remorse, vanished love and vanished youth, feelings of dislocation and the inability to belong

An Interview With Christopher Boucher photo
August 22, 2016 | Nonfiction, Interview

An Interview With Christopher Boucher

Adam Novy

Christopher Boucher’s new novel, Golden Delicious (Melville House), is a kind of referendum on all we presently hold dear in fiction. Its emotional hold on the reader is very strong, but its avant-garde methods critique those special effects by explaining what they’re doing to your feelings while they do it, which somehow only makes the book more sad.

An Interview with Amie Barrodale photo
August 1, 2016 | Interview

An Interview with Amie Barrodale

Michael Deagler

The goal of short fiction is up for debate, but it seems to me that, if a story has a single job, it is to subvert the expectations of the reader.

Finding Your Place Via Place: an Interview with Zachary Tyler Vickers photo
June 8, 2016 | Interview

Finding Your Place Via Place: an Interview with Zachary Tyler Vickers

Zachary Tyler Vickers & Pat Siebel

Likely I’ll fail to properly introduce Zachary Tyler Vickers’... more

An Interview with Brian Evenson photo
May 23, 2016 | Interview

An Interview with Brian Evenson

Michael Deagler

I want as a reader to be transformed and thrown off balance by what I read, and I try to do that for my reader as well.

Axl Rose and David Foster Wallace Fist Fight in Heaven, a Conversation with Juliet Escoria photo
May 17, 2016 | Interview

Axl Rose and David Foster Wallace Fist Fight in Heaven, a Conversation with Juliet Escoria

Nicholas Rys

I’m pretty sure very few people fantasize about being burned at the stake, but I do think there’s something fantasy-like in a witch burning – putting a ‘dangerous’ woman in a submissive pose, publicly humiliating her, watching her scream and writhe as her clothes and then flesh burn away.

Brian Alan Ellis Is Not Brian Allen Carr: an Interview photo
May 11, 2016 | Interview

Brian Alan Ellis Is Not Brian Allen Carr: an Interview

Elizabeth Ellen

You interviewing me for Hobart is pretty much the peak of my hustle. Maybe this is me selling out. Maybe this is growing up. 

Everything is Real. Shit: A Gchat Exchange Between Bryan Hurt & Miles Klee photo
May 8, 2016 | Interview

Everything is Real. Shit: A Gchat Exchange Between Bryan Hurt & Miles Klee

Bryan Hurt & Miles Klee

I first came to know Miles Klee when I published him in my anthology,... more

Misery Needs Jokes: A Conversation with Jon-Michael Frank, author of How’s Everything Going? Not Good photo
March 6, 2016 | Sunday Comics, Interview

Misery Needs Jokes: A Conversation with Jon-Michael Frank, author of How’s Everything Going? Not Good

Andrew Bomback

The third episode of Louis C.K.’s new... more

Elizabeth Ellen interviews Christa Parravani: the Interview That Almost Wasn’t photo
January 15, 2016 | Interview

Elizabeth Ellen interviews Christa Parravani: the Interview That Almost Wasn’t

Elizabeth Ellen

Eventually, I turned to memoir because I wanted to stay in scene. I craved space. I believe in the connection between poetry and memoir. It’s no coincidence that some of our best memoirs have come from poets: Mary Karr, Nick Flynn, Lucy Grealy, Mark Doty, Maggie Nelson, and Sarah Manguso—that list could go on-and-on.

How to Be a Dutiful Thing: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Chelsea Hodson photo
January 15, 2016 | Interview

How to Be a Dutiful Thing: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Chelsea Hodson

Elizabeth Ellen

According to my parents, I was obedient from birth—I emerged in silence and then slept through the night. I was just never interested in rebelling—even as a “punk,” I got good grades and was always home by curfew.

Recent Books

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Person/a

Elizabeth Ellen

A novel about the complexities of being a woman, an artist, a mother, and a wife; a novel about persona and obsession and loyalty and repression; an exorcism.

Available Now!

 

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After Women

Chloe Caldwell

A fictional follow-up to the novella Women (SF/LD, 2014) exploring the ethos of the literary world, queerness, and infatuation. 

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Saul Stories

Elizabeth Ellen

A linked story collection detailing the relationship between the 40-year-old narrator, her eighth-grade daughter, Eli, and her daughter’s best friend, Saul. Includes the Pushcart Prize winning story "Teen Culture."