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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... more

An Interview With Darrin Doyle photo
October 5, 2018 | Interview

An Interview With Darrin Doyle

Mallory Brand

I don’t feel like I’m very good at writing a serious story with super realistic violence and human emotion. I feel like it has to be filtered through some kind of absurd or weird lens. 

An Interview with Chaya Bhuvaneswar photo
September 27, 2018 | Interview

An Interview with Chaya Bhuvaneswar

Jason Phoebe Rusch

An interview with the author of the forthcoming White Dancing Elephants.

A Conversation w/ Shy Watson and Bud Smith  photo
September 19, 2018 | Interview

A Conversation w/ Shy Watson and Bud Smith 

Two writers in conversation.

TONIGHT I’M CHELSEA HODSON: a (follow-up) interview with Chelsea Hodson photo
July 11, 2018 | Interview

TONIGHT I’M CHELSEA HODSON: a (follow-up) interview with Chelsea Hodson

Elizabeth Ellen

"I’m always looking for ways to pay more attention. I thought maybe I could be a better writer if I knew what private investigators knew, if I could see a clue for what it was. I’m still learning."  

Vedran Husic Interview photo
June 21, 2018 | Interview

Vedran Husic Interview

Michael Deagler

Every writer knows the rule of ‘write what you know,’ but the interesting thing is that you don’t really know what you know until you write it.

The Man Who Rescued a Book From the Rain: A Conversation photo
June 15, 2018 | Interview

The Man Who Rescued a Book From the Rain: A Conversation

Emma Smith-Stevens

I based the Australian on a man I met in a coffee shop when I was 19. We went back to his place and did coke together, and he told me all about himself...

Ben Loory Interview photo
May 28, 2018 | Interview

Ben Loory Interview

Bud Smith

It's work that I want to do, and then sometimes it's just fun, and then sometimes it's a pain in the ass.

Tunneling Out: An Interview with Tao Lin photo
May 19, 2018 | Interview

Tunneling Out: An Interview with Tao Lin

Elle Nash

I think the dominator model will always exist in each person, just like each person has partnership qualities. After learning more about history, it does seem to me now that humans are in a process, however inconsistent and drawn-out, of recovering from extreme sexism—which reached absurd levels when people started promoting Yahweh ~3500 years ago, culminating maybe with Christianity around the first century—over millennia.

John McNally Interview photo
March 21, 2018 | Interview

John McNally Interview

Bryan Furuness

If I could purchase a lifetime subscription to a living author’s work, I’d subscribe to John McNally. His fiction is engaging... more

on obsession, cigarettes, Chanel bar soap, C. E. Morgan and winter precipitation: an interview with Leesa Cross-Smith photo
March 13, 2018 | Interview

on obsession, cigarettes, Chanel bar soap, C. E. Morgan and winter precipitation: an interview with Leesa Cross-Smith

Elizabeth Ellen

Kentucky is chill and for the most part, doesn't try to be something it's not. I feel that way abt myself tbh.

The Places That Hurt: An Interview with Elle Nash photo
March 8, 2018 | Interview

The Places That Hurt: An Interview with Elle Nash

Lauren Grabowski

When I was twelve or thirteen my grandmother gave me a book by art historian and occultist Fred Gettings about the tarot. My grandmother really helped foster my imagination about magic.

Chen Chen Interview photo
March 7, 2018 | Interview

Chen Chen Interview

Daniel Pieczkolon

Most of the time, I am skeptical of the notion that a writer can find his or her voice.  I warn my first-year students against... more

GOODNIGHT, BEAUTIFUL WOMEN by Anna Noyes photo
February 14, 2018 | Interview

GOODNIGHT, BEAUTIFUL WOMEN by Anna Noyes

Michael Deagler

An interview with Anna Noyes

But I Was Talking About Lightning: An Interview with Chelsey Clammer photo
January 31, 2018 | Interview

But I Was Talking About Lightning: An Interview with Chelsey Clammer

Jac Jemc

For instance, I had the line “But I was talking about lightning” in my head for the first line of an essay, but I had no idea what that essay was about. So I started to write about lightning and do some Wikipedia-ing, and eventually the idea of looking at trauma and human relationships through the metaphor of lightning started to emerge. From there, I just followed my brain around as the essay started to form.

 
Interview with Jill McDonough photo
January 10, 2018 | Interview

Interview with Jill McDonough

Daniel Pieczkolon

Thank you for calling that curiosity “innocent.”  I like the sense of “innocent" as “guileless,” rather than “not-guilty,” since the poems sketch both our ignorance and our complicity.  I

Sennah Yee in Conversation with Guillaume Morissette photo
January 9, 2018 | Interview

Sennah Yee in Conversation with Guillaume Morissette

Guillaume Morissette

Toronto-based writer Sennah Yee’s first collection, How Do I Look?, is quick-witted, lucid, observant and constantly rewarding. Though her book is technically classified as poetry, her pieces feel more like vignettes to me, mini-stories and personal anecdotes that seem to be examining their feelings in real time, tackling in the process a wide range of topics such as mythological figures, the movie MulanThe Sims, sexual awakenings, microaggressions, Grand Theft Auto 5, being Chinese-Canadian and much more.

Bryan Furuness Interviews Michael Poore photo
October 6, 2017 | Interview

Bryan Furuness Interviews Michael Poore

Bryan Furuness

Introductions are stupid. Mostly they get in the way. Probably you have skipped ahead to read the actual... more

Hobart Interview! Fangirl Alert! Thank you Roxane! x photo
September 22, 2017 | Interview

Hobart Interview! Fangirl Alert! Thank you Roxane! x

Leesa Cross-Smith

Roxane Gay took me out to dinner five years ago. It was Roxane, Ashley C. Ford and me. We were in... more

Interview with Matthew Neill Null  photo
August 30, 2017 | Interview

Interview with Matthew Neill Null 

Michael Deagler

Southerners think that West Virginia is the north, and northerners think West Virginia is the south. 

An Interview with Brian Booker photo
June 30, 2017 | Interview

An Interview with Brian Booker

Michael Deagler

The term “unreliable narrator” was first coined in 1961 by the critic Wayne C. Booth, and since then it has become... more

Dreamworlds: An Excerpt of Bruja and Interview with Wendy C. Ortiz photo
June 16, 2017 | Interview

Dreamworlds: An Excerpt of Bruja and Interview with Wendy C. Ortiz

Elle Nash

The book reveals as much about the reader’s psyche, about the self and the readers’ reaction to reading it, as it does about the author— this deeply personal thing, a dream, so full of symbols we imbue with our own shared and cultural meanings.

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Saul Stories

Elizabeth Ellen

"I didn't want to ever be outside of this moment. I knew at some point I would look at the picture I'd just taken and feel an overwhelming sense of loss. I thought as long as we could manage to stay inside this particular hotel room, to avoid our phones and every person with whom we'd ever come into contact, we would continue to feel whole. We were revolutionaries, goddamnit. These were our accumulation of beautiful moments. Before the world fractured us. I don't expect you to understand how I became Brad Pitt in that moment, how we all just flew along down the highway. Bandits. Ex-patriots. In love with this countryside, if not this country. Paper Moon. The Last Picture Show. All of this shot in black and white. Only the final scene in color."

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Legs Get Led Astray

Chloe Caldwell

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Dualities

Jason Phoebe Rusch

Jason Phoebe Rusch is a queer writer from the Chicago suburbs. His full-length debut Dualities explores gender and patriarchy from the perspective of a man who was socialized and is currently still read as a woman. He is interested in complication and nuance and messy human failing, his own and that of others.