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Reading Is My Prayer: An Interview with Robert Boswell photo
September 24, 2013 | Interview

Reading Is My Prayer: An Interview with Robert Boswell

Andrew Scott

Writers in M.F.A. programs assume, and are often told, that teaching means time away from... more

The Art of Fiction Surfing photo
September 19, 2013 | The Art of...

The Art of Fiction Surfing

Don Waters

Hobart: We’ve seen each other at the last couple Mission Creek festivals in Iowa City, and it was there that we got to... more

Heroic Obsolescence: An Interview with Neil Connelly photo
August 30, 2013 | Interview

Heroic Obsolescence: An Interview with Neil Connelly

Zach Savich

As a writer, what draws me to wrestlers, superheroes, etc is probably what you pointed out, that when we first encounter them, they are overtly flat characters, cardboard. So I have a chance, even an obligation, to dig in and root around and find the human, expose him or her. Once we see someone else not as a caricature but a person, we can reflect off them, compare ourselves to them, feel empathy or disdain or any of the myriad of human reactions that matter. But we can’t just shrug and go, “Ah, janitor.”

FUN CAMP: An Interview with Gabe Durham photo
August 16, 2013 | Interview

FUN CAMP: An Interview with Gabe Durham

Matthew Simmons (@matthewjsimmons)


You know him. You love him. He's Gabe Durham. His new book is FUN CAMP and it's a ball.

It's a... more

Hiding in the Bomb Shelter with a Baby Monitor: An Interview with B.J. Hollars photo
June 26, 2013 | Interview

Hiding in the Bomb Shelter with a Baby Monitor: An Interview with B.J. Hollars

Bryan Furuness & Zach Roth

B.J. Hollars has no problem crossing literary boundaries. In his short... more

An Interview with Bryan Furuness photo
June 14, 2013 | Interview

An Interview with Bryan Furuness

Jensen Beach


Bryan Furuness is a writer whose presence has long loomed large here at Hobart. He’s published work in the... more

You Want to Be with People and You Want to Be Alone: Matthew Savoca interviewed by Sam Moss photo
May 23, 2013 | Interview

You Want to Be with People and You Want to Be Alone: Matthew Savoca interviewed by Sam Moss

Sam Moss

 

Matthew Savoca has placed himself as a poignant... more

Non-Reader Spotlight: Kathryn Wakeman photo
May 20, 2013 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Kathryn Wakeman

Jac Jemc

For this Non-Reader spotlight, we talk to Kathryn Wakeman about not reading, tv, East of Eden, Eat Pray Love, reading the internet, deadlines, feminism, unlikeable female characters, uncontrollable agreeability. 

The Art of Fiction Cycling photo
May 10, 2013 | The Art of...

The Art of Fiction Cycling

Matthew Vollmer

HOBART: Maybe I'm seeing a connection where there isn't one and this doesn't apply more to writers than anyone else, but... more

Never Making Any Headway: A Conversation about novel writing between Samuel Sattin and Joshua Mohr photo
May 9, 2013 | Interview

Never Making Any Headway: A Conversation about novel writing between Samuel Sattin and Joshua Mohr

Samuel Sattin

 

On April 9, my debut novel League of... more

An Interview with Barb Johnson photo
March 27, 2013 | Interview

An Interview with Barb Johnson

Andrew Scott

Barb Johnson worked as a carpenter in New Orleans for more than 20 years before entering the MFA program at the... more

Between Living and Not Living: An Interview with Susan Steinberg photo
March 19, 2013 | Interview

Between Living and Not Living: An Interview with Susan Steinberg

Andrew Ervin

The twelve stories in Susan Steinberg’s stunning third book, Spectacle, limn the... more

Reading Interview with Peter Markus photo
February 22, 2013 | Non-Reader Spotlight, Interview

Reading Interview with Peter Markus

I read for the same reason that I fish. So I can feel what I can’t see.

Reading Interview with Peter Markus photo
February 22, 2013 | Non-Reader Spotlight, Interview

Reading Interview with Peter Markus

I read for the same reason that I fish. So I can feel what I can’t see.

An Interview with Ron Currie Jr. photo
February 15, 2013 | Interview

An Interview with Ron Currie Jr.

Kyle Beachy

 

"Thought of you and our conversations this morning when I read David Shields' Riff column in the NYT Magazine.... more

An Interview with Ron Currie Jr. photo
February 14, 2013 | Interview

An Interview with Ron Currie Jr.

Matthew Simmons (@matthewjsimmons)

Hello, readers. This is the first of two interviews with writer Ron Currie Jr. on the occasion of the publication... more

Twitter People: Rob Delaney (@robdelaney), The Comedian photo
February 1, 2013 | Interview

Twitter People: Rob Delaney (@robdelaney), The Comedian

Matthew Simmons (@matthewjsimmons)

And then there's Rob Delaney. The next time Rob Delaney tweets—which is probably going to be in... more

Non-Reader Spotlight: Sean Olumstad photo
November 23, 2012 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Sean Olumstad

Jac Jemc

For this non-reader spotlight, I talked to Sean Olumstad. Sean and I met as undergrad theatre majors at Illinois Wesleyan, but Sean made the wise move to pursuing a career in nursing.

AN INTERVIEW WITH ZANE ABOUT THE BAND RUSH photo
November 12, 2012 | Interview

AN INTERVIEW WITH ZANE ABOUT THE BAND RUSH

Matthew Simmons

When I see them on Saturday in St. Louis, it will be the sixth time I will have seen Rush live, and I will have seen them in three different decades of my life – my 20s, 30s and 40s.

Southern Gentlemen: Brian Carr & Scott McClanahan Interview Each Other photo
November 3, 2012 | Interview

Southern Gentlemen: Brian Carr & Scott McClanahan Interview Each Other

Texas gets a bad rap because it's filled with assholes, but really if you take any area the size of Texas anywhere it will be filled with assholes, because that's what people are.​

AN INTERVIEW WITH SCOTT MCCLANAHAN photo
October 26, 2012 | Interview

AN INTERVIEW WITH SCOTT MCCLANAHAN

Matthew Simmons

Of course, I think that Mark Twain is true.   I think that Samuel Clemens is the lie.  Only a dishonest person wants you to know that a story they are telling "really happened."

The Art of Fiction Thrift Stores photo
October 22, 2012 | The Art of...

The Art of Fiction Thrift Stores

Mark Jude Poirier

Thrift stores are full of possibility and sadness, which makes them perfect settings for fiction, in my opinion.

Non-Reader Spotlight: Mary Hamilton photo
October 8, 2012 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Mary Hamilton

Jac Jemc

For this edition of the Non-Reader Spotlight, I’m thrilled to be talking about reading and not reading with Mary Hamilton.

Twitter People: Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos), The Archivist photo
October 5, 2012 | Interview

Twitter People: Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos), The Archivist

Matthew Simmons (@ matthewjsimmons)

Spend enough time on Twitter and you will eventually discover there is within it an... more

An Interview with NoMeansNo photo
October 1, 2012 | Interview

An Interview with NoMeansNo

Matthew Simmons

A short interview about punk rock and aging with NoMeansNo drummer John Wright & guitarist Tom Holliston

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Elizabeth Ellen

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Legs Get Led Astray

Chloe Caldwell

FOUR NEW ESSAYS BY CHLOE CALDWELL! Plus the original essays that made you fall in love with Chloe!


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Saul Stories

Elizabeth Ellen

Saul Stories is a linked collection that explores the relationships between a forty-year-old female artist, her teenaged daughter, and her daughter's friends. With ferocious realism, the book interrogates how children of differing classes and races are treated in the U.S., and the salacious and skeptical ways the current culture views cross-generational friendships. But most potently—in narratives taking place in Denny's and movie theatres and living rooms and cars—Saul Stories wonders what it means to be a woman and an artist and a mother, all at once.