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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... 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.

Interview with Dan Chaon  photo
June 9, 2017 | Interview

Interview with Dan Chaon 

Bryan Furuness

As far as structure goes, I’ve always been interested in the way fragments of narrative can play off one another. All of my novels have been puzzles—games—that I’ve created for myself. 

An Interview With Christine Sneed photo
May 23, 2017 | Interview

An Interview With Christine Sneed

Michael Deagler

I think everyone has heard this a lot but it’s still true — read with curiosity and hunger — reading is as important as writing, more important, probably, when you’re first starting to write.

An Interview with Rebecca Schiff  photo
May 16, 2017 | Interview

An Interview with Rebecca Schiff 

Michael Deagler

I don’t have any goals except to make the reader think and feel. What they think and feel is up to them. 

Daytime Is The Greatest: An Interview with Bud Smith and Rae Buleri photo
May 9, 2017 | Interview

Daytime Is The Greatest: An Interview with Bud Smith and Rae Buleri

Elle Nash

I read the first half of Dust Bunny City (Disorder Press, 2017) at a party, while I was sober. Men were playing darts, making tiny dart holes in the rented apartment walls. I watched them throw darts and cheer and try to teach me how to play, and then drunkenly play with the dogs in the house and then went back to my reading.

Interview with Meredith Alling photo
March 29, 2017 | Interview

Interview with Meredith Alling

Gregory Lee Sullivan

What I like most about the story is that the grossness makes way for the sadness.

Interview with Lauren Grodstein  photo
March 21, 2017 | Interview

Interview with Lauren Grodstein 

Rob Volansky

Grodstein is the author of four previous books, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything. She was kind enough to answer some of my questions regarding OUR SHORT HISTORY, out now from Algonquin Books.

Interview with Christopher Smith photo
February 20, 2017 | Interview

Interview with Christopher Smith

Gregory Lee Sullivan

I’m fascinated by the idea of nonlinear time — that linear time is a construct we use to make sense of the world. Now, maybe without linear time we’d all be mad. But I find great comfort in accepting the idea, intellectually, that linear time isn’t necessarily real. 

Maggie Estep interview photo
February 12, 2017 | Interview

Maggie Estep interview

Jeremy Keighley

The night after my book launch at Power House Arena in Brooklyn, I slept over at my friend Logan’s house in Clinton... more

Interview with Donika Kelly  photo
February 6, 2017 | Interview

Interview with Donika Kelly 

Daniel Pieczkolon

BESTIARY was released in October of 2016 by Graywolf Press and has garnered a great deal of praise, including being longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award in Poetry. Kelly was kind enough to answer a few of my questions via email regarding the notion of self in poetry, how trauma and grief can manifest in art, and how her critical work informs (or fails to inform) her poetry.

"You look like you're trying to write the Great American Novel, which makes me want to barf": An Interview with Kevin Wilson  photo
January 24, 2017 | Interview

"You look like you're trying to write the Great American Novel, which makes me want to barf": An Interview with Kevin Wilson 

Aaron Burch

I've... more

An Interview with Adam Ehrlich Sachs photo
December 30, 2016 | Interview

An Interview with Adam Ehrlich Sachs

Michael Deagler

I had written a few aborted short stories before, but really I specialized in aborted novels.

Monsters of Love: April Ayers Lawson on Art, Gender, Trauma and Stumbling Towards Human Connection photo
December 28, 2016 | Interview

Monsters of Love: April Ayers Lawson on Art, Gender, Trauma and Stumbling Towards Human Connection

Mesha Maren

The stories in Virgin blew me away with their strange sexy intelligence and overall aliveness.

An Interview with Louisa Ermelino photo
December 9, 2016 | Interview

An Interview with Louisa Ermelino

Michael Deagler

As the real world feels increasingly devoid of magic, we are correct to admire those writers who attempt to interject some magic back into it.

The Art of Fiction Lists photo
December 6, 2016 | The Art of...

The Art of Fiction Lists

an interview with Chris Bachelder, by Aaron Burch

I think ten t-shirts would be too many to write about, but I’m perversely hoping that twenty-two is somehow not too many. A writer can, I think, pass beyond “too many” or “too much” to a sense of rightness or aptness. The paradox: More than too much is sometimes not too much.

An Interview with Amy Gustine  photo
October 14, 2016 | Interview

An Interview with Amy Gustine 

Michael Deagler

Within its pages, the reader is invited to discover those wondrous things that only great short fiction can offer: an abbreviated window into disparate lives, intense and intricate moments of distress and disclosure, completely self-contained and executed in twenty-five pages or less (Deagler on Gustine's Collection).

Feeding the Statues Dynamite with Sean Kilpatrick photo
September 27, 2016 | Interview

Feeding the Statues Dynamite with Sean Kilpatrick

Nicholas Rys

I only want to read erased fucking.

Recent Books

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Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen

A 400-page collection of poems in fours sections: Nicki Minaj Songs, Bob Dylan Songs, Elliott Smith Songs, and 90s Riot Grrrls Songs.

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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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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.