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Interview: David Coogan (Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail)

David Coogan by Skip Rowland

“That’s why prisoners are able to write, despite the oppression, the depravation, the discrimination. They’re able to write because they can imagine community.”

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Interview: Dr. Jacqueline O’Connor, Author of Law and Sexuality in Tennessee Williams’s America

Jacqueline O'Connor

How did Tennessee Williams’ legal knowledge influence his work?

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Author Q&A: Vi Khi Nao (Umbilical Hospital)

Vi Khi Nao

“That book might make you die a little and don’t forget to eat durian ice cream after reading it.”

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Author Q&A: Alan Michael Parker (Christmas in July)

Alan Michael Parker author photo

“I want to believe that reading tunes the mind, that empathy results from the connections forged between a reader and a character…”

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Author Q&A: Ross Simonini (The Book of Formation)

Podiatric Calendar II by Ross Simonini

“I think the process should be an expression of the product, and vice versa.”

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Author Q&A: Giano Cromley (What We Build Upon the Ruins)

Giano Cromley

“You have to be willing to walk right up to the line that divides emotion and melodrama.”

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Author Q&A: Kevin Canty (The Underworld)

Kevin Canty

“Playing bad guitar solos is satisfying in a way that writing bad short stories is not.”

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A Conversation with Diana Kirk, Author of Licking Flames

Diana Kirk

“My book is…the story of a woman that takes life by the balls and squeezes everything out of it.”

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On James Jones and the Limits of “Eternity”: An Interview with Tony Williams

James Jones The Limits of Eternity cover

There’ve been other negative eras in American history, but there’s always been that spirit of resilience and resistance.

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Interview: Celeste Ng, Author of Everything I Never Told You

Novelist Celeste Ng

“Creating some kind of art…is as close to leaving your brain behind in a jar as you’re going to get.”

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Interview: Poet Joanne Dominique Dwyer (Belle Laide)

Joanne Dominique Dwyer

“Too much of our human existence is based on making money and getting errands done. It’s such a waste of the gift of life, not to celebrate and bring magic and mystery into the everyday.”

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Author Q&A: Ben Tanzer (Lost in Space)

Ben Tanzer

“To be competitive and on, all of the time, involves discipline and schedule, a lot of super-focused manic intensity, and the need to ignore outside distractions, all of which is huge for writing.”

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Vintage Attraction: A Happy Hour Interview with Charles Blackstone

Charles Blackstone

“I think I wanted characters that rejected that sort of accepted protocol. How you meet, how long you remain skeptical, when you submit to love, or at least the idea of love.”

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Author Q&A: Noah Cicero (Best Behavior)

Noah Cicero

“I believe if you read a lot, your mind learns the ability to play different games or see different options in every situation that non-readers might not see.”

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What Changes Everything: 5 Questions with Masha Hamilton

Masha Hamilton

“Telling one’s own story is as important to a certain kind of survival as food and shelter.”

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