Interviews Archive

“As a writer, what history or current events do I have permission to write about?”: An Interview with Jihyun Yun

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Weaving together her experiences of womanhood, of her Korean-American heritage, of her place within diaspora, poet Jihyun Yun goes beyond simple dualities, privileging instead what remains irreducible in the face of neat labeling.

“I’ve always been wary of easy answers”: An Interview with Meghan O’Gieblyn

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Regardless of a reader’s background, Meghan O’Gieblyn’s work delves into territory that resonates with us all, shedding light on our current religious climate and on the way religious beliefs influence secular society.

“This is not a time for frivolity or entertainment”: An Interview with Cecille Pineda

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In the thirty-four years since Cecille Pineda’s debut novel was published, she has established herself as a writer and activist with a profound sensitivity to the lives and stories of those living at the world’s margins.

“The writer’s toolbox is for everyone”: An Interview with T Kira Madden

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T Kira Madden’s new memoir is ultimately redemptive—it is a book about growing back from brokenness and finding love after a childhood spent longing for it.

“Men have imagination, but women just have experiences”: An Interview with Rachel Haley Himmelheber

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Rachel Haley Himmelheber’s recent collection is a critique of society’s desire for well-behaved women—her characters riot and fight against the odds, either out of habitual necessity or because putting up a fight is easier than letting your guard down.

“Sometimes you just need to be told about yourself”: An Interview with Erica Dawson

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Heraclitus, the “Weeping Philosopher,” described Sybil as “[a] frenzied mouth [that] utter[s] things not to be laughed at, unadorned and unperfumed, yet reaches to a thousand years with her voice by aid of the god." Erica Dawson’s remarkable new book describes our tumultuous present with all the tenacity of

Poetic Archives as Ethnic Studies: An Interview with Dr. Craig Santos Perez

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I found within Perez’s poetry a dexterous remixing of the settler colonial archive, a deeply lyrical autobiographical sensibility, and a sustained commitment to the decolonization of literature, history, his native Guam, and other mappings.

“What It Means To Be Cuban in the Island”: An Interview with Dariel Suarez

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Suarez opens his 2018 short story collection with a dive into the bizarre nature of Cuba: “Stealing the giraffe wasn’t the problem. Transporting it from the city to the countryside-even at two a.m. on a Wednesday night with a few bribed cops clearing the path-that was another story.”

Nuance Within the Shadows: An Interview with Esmé Weijun Wang

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Wang, who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in college, after earlier misdiagnoses, debunks stigmas and stereotypes about schizophrenia in her new collection of essays, and provides essential information about a spectrum disorder long misunderstood.

“Unfortunately, the Book Continues to Be Relevant”: An Interview with Erika Meitner

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When Erika Meitner was in the process of adopting her youngest son, she was surprised to discover just how many households in her neighborhood had firearms. Erika Meitner’s new poetry collection uses these two life events to examine safety, violence, and raising a family in rural Appalachia.