Interviews Archive

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.

Acts of Listening: An Interview with Analicia Sotelo

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Sotelo's poems pull together the mythological and the mundane to synthesize a direct line of communication between the Greek mythological Ariadne and the various personae that inhabit these pages.

“Writing is its own country”: An Interview With Mark Haber

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Mark Haber is perhaps one of the most influential yet low-key of tastemakers in the book world. What Haber reads, people buy, because you know that when Haber recommends it, it is the real deal.

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