Interviews Archive

Writ in Water: Interview with Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins, author of the celebrated collection Battleborn and widely acclaimed novel Gold Fame Citrus, talks with me about writing and living the West, conservation and resistance and optimism in the world of Trump, and faith in the "California experiment."

Exploring Native American Literature with Linda LeGarde Grover

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Linda LeGarde Grover’s fiction and poetry reveal Native American lives in ways that don’t cater to expectations or alienate non-Native readers from gaining a deeper understanding of the culture.

Writ in Water: Interview with Brit Bennett and “The Mothers”

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Brit Bennett talked with me about her new novel "The Mothers," and about the power of place--writing in the West through many communities--"performing California-ness," the weird excitement for wildfire season, forever building piers into the ocean, and In-N-Out burger.

“The wolf finally frees itself”: Talking With Brianna Albers

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Bodies in literature always bear the first marks of difference. What isn’t recognized as “normal” (meaning, not perceived as male, cis, straight, white), always verges on the monstrous, to be rejected or feared, or at the very least cloaked in mystery.

Arc Poetry Magazine : An Interview with Rhonda Douglas, Poetry Editor

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I originally met Rhonda Douglas back in 1992, when we took the same creative writing (poetry) workshop at the University of Ottawa, conducted by Ottawa writer Mark Frutkin.

Poet Activist Spotlight: Mahogany L. Browne

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It’s hard to know where to start in describing the many ways that Mahogany L. Browne has given to the poetry community, and more broadly to the current cultural moment.

“Always on the Lookout”: An Interview with Allison Joseph

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The poems in Allison Joseph’s recent chapbook Mercurial are wise and clear-eyed, charting moments of tenderness and emotion in everyday life. Her work encompass a number of different themes—from personal and family history, to self-image and style—and embody formal approaches as well as conversational yet musical free verse.

Postludes: An Interview with Matthew Burnside

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Matthew Burnside is a writer and educator. He is currently working on a collection of science fiction stories and a series of young adult adventure novels.

Resisting Temptations While Translating: An Interview with Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson

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Chronicle of the Murdered House is certainly Cardoso’s best-known work, and also a bold one, in that it is not the most accessible of books. So it is both an obvious starting point, and a difficult one. Perhaps that is why it has taken to so long to bring

Whose America? A Conversation with Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on poetry after Trump

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In the two weeks since Donald Trump's election, people from around the country, and from all walks of life, have been debating each other online. How exactly did Trump get elected?