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Alex Perez on The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, baseball, growing up Cuban-American in Miami & saying goodbye to the literary community photo
September 29, 2022 | Interview

Alex Perez on The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, baseball, growing up Cuban-American in Miami & saying goodbye to the literary community

Elizabeth Ellen

What connects people isn’t color or creed or gender or stupid political taxonomies, but the existential despair that comes for us all. How do you respond to that despair once it comes for you? I never feel closer to a person than when they share a piece of their despair with me, and rarely, if ever, does it have anything to do with politics or ideology. It’s always about loneliness or heartbreak or loss, etc. It’s about life. The best art reflects that despair we all face back at us; it doesn’t separate us from other people.

Stir It Up: Katie Gutierrez talks about family recipes, writing with limited childcare, and her new novel More Than You’ll Ever Know photo
September 9, 2022 | Interview

Stir It Up: Katie Gutierrez talks about family recipes, writing with limited childcare, and her new novel More Than You’ll Ever Know

Hannah Grieco

Once upon a time, long before she was on Good Morning America, I met the kindest writer on Twitter. Not only was she a relatable mother-writer, but she also understood Scrivener. This was absolutely

"Style, jokes, slapstick, serious ideas, and shit-talk" photo
August 31, 2022 | Interview

"Style, jokes, slapstick, serious ideas, and shit-talk"

Nick Farriella

"Style, jokes, slapstick, serious ideas, and shit-talk"
A Flash Book Review of "The Apology" and Brief Interview with Christian TeBordo

When you work in an office (or maybe any job, but in my

High School Romance: Garielle Lutz interviews Marston Hefner photo
August 30, 2022 | Interview

High School Romance: Garielle Lutz interviews Marston Hefner

Garielle Lutz

Often when I got poor grades as a child, and I often did, I would be told that if I wanted to be the CEO of Playboy I had to do better in school.

Stir It Up: Leigh Chadwick talks about Leigh Chadwick and her new poetry collection Your Favorite Poet photo
August 25, 2022 | Interview

Stir It Up: Leigh Chadwick talks about Leigh Chadwick and her new poetry collection Your Favorite Poet

Hannah Grieco

You’ve heard of Leigh Chadwick, of course. She’s a force of nature, a clear, true Twitter voice, even your favorite poet, perhaps? She’s a writer whose poetry combines form and imagery in unique,

Stir It Up: Chloe N. Clark talks about John Wick, cheese, and her new poetry collection EVERY SONG A VENGEANCE photo
June 22, 2022 | Interview

Stir It Up: Chloe N. Clark talks about John Wick, cheese, and her new poetry collection EVERY SONG A VENGEANCE

Hannah Grieco

Chloe N. Clark is a writer, teacher, editor, and frequent Twitter chef. (See here.) I’ve taken a ton of her poetry and prose workshops, and been lucky enough to have published two stories in the

Love and Other Chemical Stimulants: Rebecca van Laer interviewed by Kate Axelrod photo
June 15, 2022 | Interview

Love and Other Chemical Stimulants: Rebecca van Laer interviewed by Kate Axelrod

Kate Axelrod

Hobart and HAD contributor Rebecca van Laer's debut novella How to Adjust to the Dark (Long Day Press, April 12) weaves together poetry, fiction, and criticism to follow the narrator Charlotte as she

Maybe Then I'll Be Cured: An Interview with Graham Irvin photo
June 8, 2022 | Interview

Maybe Then I'll Be Cured: An Interview with Graham Irvin

Crow Jonah Norlander

You might be reluctant to try liver mush. You might think it’s not for me. But you are at a party, and you’ve been cornered by a stranger, and there’s nobody else there you really want to talk to, and

Brad Listi talks psychedelics, quitting Twitter, and his novel, Be Brief and Tell Them Everything photo
May 31, 2022 | Interview

Brad Listi talks psychedelics, quitting Twitter, and his novel, Be Brief and Tell Them Everything

Tao Lin

And at its core, it’s a book about candor and creation and intimacy and talking about things that often go unsaid.

Stir It Up: James Tate Hill talks about reliving the past, goat cheese, and his new memoir Blind Man's Bluff photo
May 11, 2022 | Interview

Stir It Up: James Tate Hill talks about reliving the past, goat cheese, and his new memoir Blind Man's Bluff

Hannah Grieco

And if memoirs allow us to relive the past, novels give us a chance to change it.

Gender Roles in Narrative: Shannon McLeod and Elizabeth Ellen talk Ottessa Moshfegh, Mary Gaitskill & Shannon’s novella, Whimsy photo
May 3, 2022 | Interview

Gender Roles in Narrative: Shannon McLeod and Elizabeth Ellen talk Ottessa Moshfegh, Mary Gaitskill & Shannon’s novella, Whimsy

Elizabeth Ellen

Whimsy is not as prominently scarred as she imagines herself to be, but this obsession with her face leads her to sabotage her relationships because her insecurity is so destructive.

Stir It Up: Aileen Weintraub talks food, pregnancy amidst the chaos, and her new book Knocked Down: A High-Risk Memoir photo
March 30, 2022 | Interview

Stir It Up: Aileen Weintraub talks food, pregnancy amidst the chaos, and her new book Knocked Down: A High-Risk Memoir

Hannah Grieco

Aileen Weintraub is one of those incredibly funny writers who also has that superpower to make you cry against your will. You may have read her pieces about pregnancy, motherhood, aging, and more –

Three Blind Voices: Insight into Writing, Publication and Vulnerability photo
February 28, 2022 | Interview

Three Blind Voices: Insight into Writing, Publication and Vulnerability

Nikki Lyssy

In the past two years, three noteworthy and talented authors have each gained national acclaim for their groundbreaking releases in 2020 and 2021: Emily K. Michael’s Neoteny: Poems (Finishing Line

We Are All Just Above Ground Pools: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Sean Thor Conroe photo
February 25, 2022 | Interview

We Are All Just Above Ground Pools: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Sean Thor Conroe

Elizabeth Ellen

I think Westerners, and Americans especially, struggle with “autofiction” since their conceptions of self are so fixed.

Stir It Up: DeMisty Bellinger talks recipes, snacks, and her two new books photo
February 16, 2022 | Interview

Stir It Up: DeMisty Bellinger talks recipes, snacks, and her two new books

Hannah Grieco

DeMisty Bellinger is the rarest of writers: the poet-novelist. She edits poetry at Malarkey Books and Porcupine Literary, but she’s also known for her incredible prose. (Despite what you read later in

Stir It Up: Food and “The Other Ones” with Dave Housley photo
January 14, 2022 | Interview

Stir It Up: Food and “The Other Ones” with Dave Housley

Hannah Grieco

Is it weird to call Dave Housley the “Uncle” of lit mags? He’s that guy, the writer/editor/generally amazing human that everyone in the literary world seems to know. Dave is one of the original

A Writer's Work: an Interview with JoAnna Novak photo
November 9, 2021 | Interview

A Writer's Work: an Interview with JoAnna Novak

Michael Deagler

When we talk about a writer’s work, we are talking about the things she makes: poems, essays, books. It’s a mercantile word to apply to the artistic process, and yet it’s an inescapable one. Short

An Impeccable Illusion: An Interview with Derrick Austin photo
October 6, 2021 | Interview

An Impeccable Illusion: An Interview with Derrick Austin

Doug Paul Case

I recently had the good fortune to zoom with Derrick Austin in celebration of his second book, Tenderness. His first had set the new standard for aesthetically beautiful queer debuts, and I devoured

"I was trying to be this smart funny guy who writes about his deadbeat hometown and marginalized culture" photo
August 30, 2021 | Interview

"I was trying to be this smart funny guy who writes about his deadbeat hometown and marginalized culture"

Aaron Burch Interviews Anthony Veasna So

Years after reading the story (Junot Diaz' "Drown"), after teaching it to high schoolers (many of them POC), I set out to rewrite this queer of color narrative in my story, "The Monks." I wanted to show how a straight, masculine guy of color could brush up against queerness and feel empowered by it, not scared, even if in the slightest of ways, the slightest of spiritual progressions. 

Maggie Siebert On: Hyper-morality, Transgressive Fiction, Her Collection “Bonding,” and Why She Chose to Make it Available for Free Via Twitter photo
August 13, 2021 | Interview

Maggie Siebert On: Hyper-morality, Transgressive Fiction, Her Collection “Bonding,” and Why She Chose to Make it Available for Free Via Twitter

Shelby Hinte

Really I think all art should be freely available

the novel as a kind of organism: an interview with Tao Lin photo
August 11, 2021 | Interview

the novel as a kind of organism: an interview with Tao Lin

Kristen Iskandrian

To try to allay his doubt, or figure out of it’s real, [Li] mentally consults his in-progress novel, as if it were a friend. He intuits, in an intuition described by the line you quoted, that his doubt is wrong, is habitual and self-sabotalogical.

Palm Springs Eternal: Allie Rowbottom Interviews Jon Lindsey photo
June 23, 2021 | Interview

Palm Springs Eternal: Allie Rowbottom Interviews Jon Lindsey

Allie Rowbottom

AR: This is a boundary and you are going to push against it

 

What Might Happen: An Interview with Justin Jannise photo
June 2, 2021 | Interview

What Might Happen: An Interview with Justin Jannise

Doug Paul Case

In April I had the good fortune to zoom with Justin Jannise just a few days before his debut poetry collection, How to Be Better by Being Worse, was released by BOA Editions, Ltd. A wonderfully

Faded Trilogy of Addict-Liar-Thief: Elizabeth Ellen interviews Elizabeth V. Aldrich photo
May 21, 2021 | Interview

Faded Trilogy of Addict-Liar-Thief: Elizabeth Ellen interviews Elizabeth V. Aldrich

Elizabeth Ellen

I wrote this book manic, in psychosis, in withdrawal, while feeling like I was overdosing,

We Are Not Ourselves: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Noah Cicero photo
April 25, 2021 | Interview

We Are Not Ourselves: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Noah Cicero

Elizabeth Ellen

I think I give non-important people dignity. I still believe there is magic in this world.

Recent Books

Exit, Carefully

Elizabeth Ellen

"I loved reading Exit, Carefully. It’s unusual, and in my opinion exciting, to publish a play without previously receiving a major production."

                      -Walker Caplan, Lithub

Worsted

Garielle Lutz

“Lutz’s work is a marvel of the possibilities of language.  Each of her sentences is an intricately crafted thing, deeply complex yet crystalline in its clarity . . . her command of each and every word remains supreme.”     

  --Mira Braneck, The Paris Review Daily

 

Garielle Lutz is the author of The Complete Gary Lutz, among other books.

Her Lesser Work

Elizabeth Ellen

"[Her Lesser Work] is a collection of mordant and formally inventive stories circling themes of, let’s say, desire and escape within repressive structures."

      -Walker Caplan, Literary Hub

"Her Lesser Work is full of power and it takes risks and it's alive and real and it fixes a very sharp eye on the shit humans do to each other and themselves."

      -Lindsay Lerman, LitReactor