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April 2, 2014 | Interview

Jim Ruland: The Hobart Interview

J. Ryan Stradal

Jim Ruland talks with J. Ryan Stradal about his new collaborative book Giving The Finger, the memoirs of Bering Sea fisherman & Deadliest Catch star Scott Campbell Jr., who goes by

February 4, 2014 | Interview

An Interview with Mary Miller

Amber Sparks

Mary Miller gets inside heads. I mean this in a non-creepy, invasive way, of course. It's a gift—some writers do wordsmash, some writers do atmospherics, and some writers—like Mary—do

January 29, 2014 | Interview

An Interview with Kyle Minor

Douglas Watson

This one's massive. We're just going to get right into it.

Kyle, our friend, is the author of the new collection, Praying Drunk.



The title page says that this is a book of

January 14, 2014 | Interview

Benjamin Percy Interview for Red Moon

Matt Bell

Benjamin Percy is the author most recently of the novel Red Moon (out this month in paperback), as well as another novel, The Wilding, and two books of stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of

December 31, 2013 | Interview

Advice for Writers

Here we collect a bunch of answers from the interviews we ran in 2013 that we think might serve you as inspiration and writerly advice for the work you hope to do in 2014. Please enjoy, and good

December 9, 2013 | Interview

You Step Outside The Loud, Bright Party: An Interview with Delaney Nolan

Gene Kwak

Delaney Nolan is the newest kid on the block. The one everyone whispers about, envies. Finding her story, “My Man,” in Wigleaf was an I-know-the-words-by-heart-before-you-all-recognize-the-name,

October 28, 2013 | Interview

`You Know Gumby? The Little Guy with the Horse?` `Yes, I Know Who He Is.`: An Interview with Gabriel Blackwell

Tom DeBeauchamp

Gabriel Blackwell’s been busy. In the past two years he’s released three books, two from Civil Coping Mechanisms, and one from Noemi Press: a book of essays and stories called Critique of Pure

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 writing—that after responding to their students’ work, professors rarely have energy left for their own

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.”

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 collection of short monologues, letters, and lists, all from the minds, voices, and pens of

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 career, he's already written two books of nonfiction, Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America and

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 journal and on the website. We’re big admirers of his writing, so when we saw that his

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 voice in the school of transcendental deadpan writing. Penning poetry, and now prose, which prominently feature nature and domesticity as

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 Somebodies was released by Seattle's Dark Coast Press. Two months earlier, my fellow Bay Area novelist Joshua Mohr released Fight Song, his fourth novel.

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 University of New Orleans. While in the writing program, she won a grant from the

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 desperate, neon-lit reality we’re forced to confront when we wake up from the American dream. They make me want to

February 22, 2013 | Interview

Reading Interview with Peter Markus

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

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. I get the sense that you're not particularly engaged with him one way or

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 of his new—and positively badass—novel Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles. Why two

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 the next half hour or so—almost 750,000 people will have it pop up in their feeds. (Give or take a

November 12, 2012 | Interview


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.

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.​

October 26, 2012 | Interview


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."

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 odd, alternate world of very funny, 140-character prankster surrealists. A shortcut to discovering them: Go to

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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