Interviews Archive

An Interview with Joshua Whitehead

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One could refer to Whitehead as a poet, fiction writer, and critic, and yet, Whitehead’s work also exists without such easily defined boundaries.

An Interview with Sandra Cisneros

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Although Sandra Cisneros is most widely known for her authorship of beloved fiction books like The House on Mango Street and Caramelo, she calls herself, first, a poet-activist.

An Interview with Victor LaValle

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I learned about Victor LaValle, recent recipient of Ploughshares’s Alice Hoffman Prize, as I read an introduction to Shirley Jackson’s The Sundial, in which he recounts the humor, horror, and humanity he respects in her work.

An Interview with Jamie Ford, Author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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In this sociopolitical climate, in which Ford’s novel has remained on the New York Times best-seller list for an impressive 130 weeks, what sense can we make of the simultaneity of American compassion co-existing in a (book) world in which Ann Coulter is also a bestseller?

Inking Well: An Interview With Jasminne Mendez

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If you’re at all alive in the Houston arts scene, chances are you’ve crossed paths with Jasminne Mendez in one of her capacities: as a poet, as an actor, as an educator, as a podcast host, or as a community organizer and programmer (sometimes all of these things in

This is What Matters: A Conversation with Danielle Lazarin

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I knew Danielle Lazarin on Twitter as a sharp, funny commentator on life as a woman, as a native New Yorker, as a writer, and I thought if she could sustain that voice in her fiction, then her forthcoming collection of short stories would be a glimmering jewel. Turns

An Interview with Book Designer Kate Hargreaves

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Kate Hargreaves is a writer and roller derby skater who also happens to be one of the most active literary book and cover designers in Canada over the past few years, having designed titles for numerous presses.

“I Decided to Let This Stuff Hit the Page”: An Interview with Christopher Salerno

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Sun & Urn, Christopher Salerno’s latest book of poems, is filled with grief and loss, but deep down, it’s also a tender, sometimes funny, ultimately hopeful book. We talked about how you go from writing a poem to putting a book together.

Some Poems Sing Through Us: An Interview with Susan Elmslie

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With the appearance of Susan Elmslie's long-awaited second full-length collection Museum of Kindness, I asked her a few questions about it, and about writing in general.

“A Sort of Sci-Fi Apocalypse of Flowers”: An Interview with Karim Kattan

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Karim Kattan is a young writer who lives between Bethlehem and Paris. He has written for The Paris Review, Vice’s i-D, and The Funambulist, among others. In 2014, he founded el-Atlal, a yearly residency in Jericho for artists and writers. Préliminaires pour un verger futur, published by Elyzad, is