Author Archives: Matt Okie

Matt Okie

Matt Okie lives in Tempe, AZ, where he writes and teaches high school. He is a Y2K graduate of the Texas State University MFA Program in Creative Writing and is currently shopping his debut novel, GO NATIONAL--a tale that chronicles the punk rock misadventures of J.D. Salinger's grandchildren. To contact Mr. Okie, write to: mattokie@hotmail.com.

Never The Same Novel Twice: An Interview with Writer Tom Grimes

Tom Grimes

Tom Grimes is, for my money anyway, the greatest living underground novelist in America today.

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I Am My Father: An Interview with Writer/Editor Lee Montgomery of Tin House

Lee Montgomery of Tin House

“The book business is always on the brink of failing. Even in the 1940s, people were talking about the end of books.”

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Oz Captain! My Captain!: An “Ode” to Midnight Oil & An Interview with Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie

Midnight Oil

“When the album was ready to be released, we were prepared to be shouted down by every closet racist in the country.”

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Mil Máscaras: An Interview with Pulitzer-Winner Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)

Author Junot Diaz

“I mean, the erasure and marginalization of all people of color…in what we call the canon is well-documented. It really doesn’t come as any surprise.”

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A Walking Bible: An Interview with Rap Artist Tech N9ne

Tech 9

“I sacrifice everything for my music. I lost my wife to this music.”

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New Miserable Interview: Gin Blossoms Frontman Robin Wilson

Gin Blossoms Frontman Robin Wilson

“In the past, it always took so much effort and [money] to get a band into record stores across the country. That was one of the main things you needed a record company for—so that you could be in every Tower Records. But, obviously, Tower Records is gone.”

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G-rock, Arkansas: An Interview with Novelist John Brandon

john brandon

Although John Brandon is an MFA graduate of the writing program at Washington University in St. Louis, while drafting the novel Arkansas, he “worked at a lumber mill, a windshield warehouse, a Coca-Cola distributor, and several small factories producing goods made of rubber and plastic.”

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