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A Blowjob from the 1970s & The Censorship of Disabled Writers photo
February 3, 2021 | Interview

A Blowjob from the 1970s & The Censorship of Disabled Writers

The Cyborg Jillian Weise

Bill Peace  12:49

If I gotta start explaining ableism...

Jillian Weise  12:51

I know, in the fricking hospital.

I have no idea who is speaking here, I would never say this, I am against whoever wrote these words. photo
October 2, 2020 | Interview

I have no idea who is speaking here, I would never say this, I am against whoever wrote these words.

Nick Farriella

I suppose a meaningful conclusion I came to was that it's often fruitful to follow diversions and accidents, but that you have to create the conditions to experience them.

An Interview with Amy Long photo
June 2, 2020 | Interview

An Interview with Amy Long

Haley Sherif

My favorite blurb about Amy Long's essay collection, Codependence, is Joshua Mohr saying: "Long leads her readers into emotional investigations and she has the courage to never flinch." To do what

Being Cute, Being Funny: An Interview with Richie Hofmann photo
May 15, 2020 | Interview

Being Cute, Being Funny: An Interview with Richie Hofmann

Doug Paul Case

I had the pleasure of meeting the poet Richie Hofmann for the second time this February when he came to Bloomington to give a reading. We spent the afternoon laughing and touring the recently-reopened

THIS IS THE TITLE OF AN INTERIEW (elixabeth change this lol) photo
May 8, 2020 | Interview

THIS IS THE TITLE OF AN INTERIEW (elixabeth change this lol)

Elizabeth Ellen

i used to write on adderall like a million years ago or when drinking also but thats stopped. like once, last year, i wrote a short story while drinking, and i cant even remember where i saved it so idek if its any good, bc after a while i got distracted and started watching YouTube makeup reviews.

NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO): Elizabeth Ellen interviews LEESA CROSS-SMITH photo
May 6, 2020 | Interview

NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO): Elizabeth Ellen interviews LEESA CROSS-SMITH

Elizabeth Ellen

I write about dark things a lot but not without at least some hope…or hope for hope.

The Ethics of Claimlessness: an interview with Garth Greenwell photo
May 5, 2020 | Interview

The Ethics of Claimlessness: an interview with Garth Greenwell

Elizabeth Ellen

I wrote for twenty years without anyone paying me or offering me confirmation or telling me that what I wrote would be welcomed by the world. Quite the contrary. 

WORSTED: Elizabeth Ellen interviews Garielle Lutz photo
May 4, 2020 | Interview

WORSTED: Elizabeth Ellen interviews Garielle Lutz

Elizabeth Ellen

"Gary” always felt like a misnomer to me, something I had to put up with to keep the peace.

Common Ancestor: An Interview with Jenny Irish  photo
March 31, 2020 | Interview

Common Ancestor: An Interview with Jenny Irish 

Jenny Irish and I sat down to discuss her stunning debut, Common Ancestor, with Black Lawrence Press. Her prose poem, "A Brief History of Motivations" was published on our site in

“Who’s in the barn, what’s he doing in there, is it even his barn?” photo
March 5, 2020 | Interview

“Who’s in the barn, what’s he doing in there, is it even his barn?”

Nick Farriella

A Flash Book Review of ‘50 Barn Poems’ and Brief Interview with Zac Smith

Cunt, cunt, cunt: an interview with Laura Theobald and Mikaela Grantham photo
November 18, 2019 | Interview

Cunt, cunt, cunt: an interview with Laura Theobald and Mikaela Grantham

Elizabeth Ellen

I think they mean they just don't like a woman going around going "cunt cunt cunt."

Spy in the House of Anais Nin: an interview with Kim Krizan photo
November 1, 2019 | Interview

Spy in the House of Anais Nin: an interview with Kim Krizan

Elle Nash

...a person is like an ocean, or a country, or a forest...

Zoom in on the Detail: An Interview with Chris Campanioni photo
October 18, 2019 | Interview

Zoom in on the Detail: An Interview with Chris Campanioni

Doug Paul Case

The 550-page the Internet is for real by poet, activist, educator, and underwear model Chris Campanioni struck me earlier this year as a much-needed treatise on "post-Internet" culture. Yes, I found

The Same Space Your Ghost Inhabits: An Interview with Sam Ross photo
October 1, 2019 | Interview

The Same Space Your Ghost Inhabits: An Interview with Sam Ross

Doug Paul Case

I'm four months late posting this interview, and that's on me, but it's a testament to Sam Ross's debut collection, Company, that I've thought of it at least weekly since. His poems are deceptively

‘Getting Cancelled Means You Are Permanently Working Class’: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Brian Allen Carr photo
September 20, 2019 | Interview

‘Getting Cancelled Means You Are Permanently Working Class’: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Brian Allen Carr

Elizabeth Ellen

When I was younger, if you had a hard time following rules, you became an artist.

Now, if you have a hard time following rules, you become an entrepreneur.

People in the literary world follow rules the most.

Midwestern Strange: An Interview with B.J. Hollars photo
September 19, 2019 | Interview

Midwestern Strange: An Interview with B.J. Hollars

Dorothy Chan

From a Wisconsin "Dogman," to a 400-pound giant turtle, to Martians that serve pancakes, B.J. Hollars' latest book, Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians, and the Weird in Flyover

Patrick Coleman Interview photo
August 19, 2019 | Interview

Patrick Coleman Interview

Micah Ling

A conversation with Patrick Coleman, loosely around his new book, The Churchgoer (Harper Perennial).

This is a story about humanity. It makes sense in that it proves most things don’t make sense. A

Empathy in the Usual Way: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Amanda Goldblatt photo
August 13, 2019 | Interview

Empathy in the Usual Way: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Amanda Goldblatt

Elizabeth Ellen

"Honestly, I don't care if language overtakes story." 

All Narrators Are Unlikeable: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Mary MIller photo
May 30, 2019 | Interview

All Narrators Are Unlikeable: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Mary MIller

Elizabeth Ellen

Maybe ‘white trash American girl’ is a compliment over there?

Dirtbags Can Write Books: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Steve Anwyll photo
May 23, 2019 | Interview

Dirtbags Can Write Books: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Steve Anwyll

Elizabeth Ellen

If you were to sit down and watch an American beer commercial and then a Canadian one, they wouldn't be that different. Replace the eagle with a beaver. 

JULIET, MY MANIAC: ELIZABETH ELLEN INTERVIEWS JULIET ESCORIA (AGAIN!) photo
May 22, 2019 | Interview

JULIET, MY MANIAC: ELIZABETH ELLEN INTERVIEWS JULIET ESCORIA (AGAIN!)

Elizabeth Ellen

Trent, and NIN, are way cooler and better. Also Trent is fucking hot.

An Interview With Mary Laura Philpott photo
April 2, 2019 | Interview

An Interview With Mary Laura Philpott

Haley Sherif

The wonderful thing about teenagers — which is what he is now — is that they are very focused on their own lives and not the least bit interested in what their parents are up to.

Betty Ford Said That Dance Was Her Happiness: an interview with Lisa McCubbin  photo
January 25, 2019 | Interview

Betty Ford Said That Dance Was Her Happiness: an interview with Lisa McCubbin 

Elizabeth Ellen

The great thing about Betty and Rosalynn Carter working together was showing the world how to find common ground even when coming from different political stances. We could use a lot more of that right now.

An Interview With Eva Hagberg Fisher photo
January 1, 2019 | Interview

An Interview With Eva Hagberg Fisher

Haley Sherif

Eva Hagberg Fisher's forthcoming book (out next week) How To Be Loved figuratively fell in my lap. I was at coffee with a friend, saying I needed a new book to read, but I needed that book to be about recovery because I just needed to be heard and understood, and lo and behold, my inbox pinged.

An Interview With Leah Dieterich photo
November 30, 2018 | Interview

An Interview With Leah Dieterich

Rebecca van Laer

Leah Dieterich:’s Vanishing Twins A Marriage came onto my radar when I saw it described as a Barthes-like book of fragments about an open marriage. As I read it, I discovered that it’s a book about

Recent Books

Nudes

Elle Nash

“Transgressive and immediate: you feel these stories shoot through and wrap around you.” 

             - Kyle F. Williams, Full Stop Magazine

 

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

"Worsted sees the undeniable unicorn of the American sentence sprout pearlescent, fractally chiseled wings and take flight like Pegasus over the letters landscape."  --Big Bruiser Dope Boy

 

Her Lesser Work

Elizabeth Ellen

"Her Lesser Work is far and away my favorite of your books, and 'G.O.A.T' in particular is a blast of brilliance."

     -Garielle Lutz

"Um, is 'Plant Hospital' both the hottest story and the hottest piece of literary gossip of the decade?!"

     -Rebecca van Laer