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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.

BRI and YOU: Brian Oliu says Enter Your Initials and Means It   photo
January 11, 2016 | Interview

BRI and YOU: Brian Oliu says Enter Your Initials and Means It  

Pat Siebel

Here’s a statistic: After reading Brian Oliu’s Enter Your Initials For Record Keeping, I’ve spent more of my life reading Oliu than playing basketball.

The Art of Fiction Menswear photo
November 9, 2015 | The Art of...

The Art of Fiction Menswear

Aaron Burch

I've known Tom Williams for a handful of years. I think I originally met him through Barrelhouse, and I've... more

Lori Jakiela Interview photo
November 6, 2015 | Interview

Lori Jakiela Interview

Sandra Newman

In her third memoir, Belief is its own kind of truth, Maybe, Lori Jakiela uses a collage-style structure to write... more

Questions for Rachel B. Glaser photo
October 23, 2015 | Interview

Questions for Rachel B. Glaser

Sabra Embury

I've respected Rachel B. Glaser's sense of mischief for years. When I heard she'd written a novel, Paulina... more

Interview with Lincoln Michel photo
October 13, 2015 | Interview

Interview with Lincoln Michel

Jessica Thompson

I just finished reading Upright Beasts. I adored it. Thank you for writing the stories and putting them together in a... more

Alfred Wichly interviews Sucker June author Sean Kilpatrick photo
September 1, 2015 | Interview

Alfred Wichly interviews Sucker June author Sean Kilpatrick

Alfred Wichly

Kilpatrick on the artist’s political responsibilities (these are apparently multiple): Hate has more borders than I can muster into the capability of a vision. That’s why I scream in short bursts. 

The Nicest Guy in the World: An Interview with Arthur Bradford photo
August 31, 2015 | Interview

The Nicest Guy in the World: An Interview with Arthur Bradford

Kevin Maloney

  “Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading... more

Blackout: an Interview with Sarah Hepola photo
August 11, 2015 | Interview

Blackout: an Interview with Sarah Hepola

Chloe Caldwell

the defining experience of Western women today is internal conflict

Anger Is Never Just Anger: an Interview with Sarah Gerard photo
August 5, 2015 | Interview

Anger Is Never Just Anger: an Interview with Sarah Gerard

Elle Nash

There were tears. When I’m writing about the past, I’m aiming to come to a place where I can feel or understand something that I’ve previously never been able to resolve. Or feel something other than anger, because anger is never just anger.

My God This Piece of Shit World Sure is Pretty Sometimes: An Interview with Kevin Maloney photo
July 10, 2015 | Interview

My God This Piece of Shit World Sure is Pretty Sometimes: An Interview with Kevin Maloney

Pat Siebel

I began reading a PDF of Cult of Loretta, but stopped a few... more

Recent Books

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Flashes of Life

Micah Ling

Featuring poems that engage songs by artists ranging from The White Stripes to Bruce Sprinsteen, David Bowie to Otis Redding; lists of albums; daily timestamps as poems; remixes and everything in between; Flashes of Light evokes not just the way we listen to music, but all the ways we interact with the music in our life.

 

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Over For Rockwell

Uzodinma Okehi

They say it takes an average person about 10 years to master a given thing. This was my thinking in 1995 when I dropped out of college in Iowa City to draw comics.

 

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Baseball Handbook

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We’ve had the idea and wanted to do some kind of “best of our online baseball issues” for years, and here is one iteration of that book. We’ve been doing it for so long (this year is our 13th!), we have too many favorites, so we made some arbitrary rules...