Interviews Archive

“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.

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.