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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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Interview: Angela Jackson-Brown, Author of Drinking from a Bitter Cup

Angela Jackson-Brown

“So often as writers, our first instinct is to write about some far off distant place that we know nothing about because we think where we came from is not interesting enough.”

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Interview: Poet Jillian Weise (The Book of Goodbyes)

Poet Jillian Weise

“I’m all for noir. What is a cyborg poet to do? If I’m comic, then I play into the carnival show. If I’m tragic, then I reinforce centuries of pity for the disabled figure in literature. Noir warps the comic and the tragic.”

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Interview: Rick Benjamin, State Poet of Rhode Island

Rick Benjamin

“I gravitate toward duplicity in language, simply stated multiple meanings in lines. I have a hard time with differentiating self from other.”

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Author Q&A: Joseph Bates (Tomorrowland)

Joseph Bates

“It took me a long time to learn restraint, especially in terms of humor. Early on in my writing, I never met a joke I didn’t like.”

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Interview: Poet Michael Dickman (Flies)

Michael Dickman Flies

“What poems make you want to yell from a rooftop? Fall in love and scream your head off? That’s all I really care about.”

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Interview: Ruth Ozeki, Author of A Tale for the Time Being

author Ruth Ozeki

“The earthquake and tsunami forced me to put myself on the line, as it were, and to step into the fictional world and participate.”

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The Girlfriend Game: 5 Questions with Nick Antosca

Nick Antosca

“Spin the wheel and get a girlfriend. Will she be Vera Nabokov, or will she be Zelda Fitzgerald? Just be nice to her.”

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Interview: Emily Rapp, Author of The Still Point of the Turning World

Author Emily Rapp with child Ronan

“I think experiences of joyfulness are more magnified, more fully experienced, when you have known true suffering, because you understand that all of these great epic feelings are blips, really.”

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Interview: Elliott Holt, Author of You Are One of Them

Author Elliott Holt

“I have to write the stories I want to write, in the way that I want to write them. The motivation has to come from me, not from other people.”

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Author Q&A: Kyle Minor (In the Devil’s Territory)

Kyle Minor author photo

“I think I’d rather spend time with people who read broadly and deeply. They tend to be smarter, more interesting, more likely to have a little societal compassion (but not always).”

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Interview: Heather Donahue, Author of Growgirl

Heather Donahue with her dog Vito

“Free, right? That’s the best of our national brand. America: Home of the Babysat. Just doesn’t have the same ring.”

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Emerging Poet Interview: Sarah Crossland

Sarah Crossland

“When I make my poem-things, they’re always fractures because they can’t be the whole world. They can be miniatures, they can be mandalas centered in the self—or an imagined self…”

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Emerging Poet Interview: Caitlin Doyle

caitlin doyle

“I love the way that structure and content can pull against each other with a tension that ends up taking both in unexpected directions.”

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