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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)

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“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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Author Q&A: Vanessa Veselka (Zazen)

Author Vanessa Veselka

“We’re narrative-making machines…so the stories we tell ourselves about what is happening shape our actions. Nothing is as dangerous as a story.”

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5 Questions: Allworth Press Founder Tad Crawford on A Floating Life

Author Tad Crawford

The unnamed narrator is adrift in his life. His marriage has fallen apart, he fails to get a new job, and not even the magic of modern medicine can cure his erectile dysfunction.

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Live Questions from Dead Poets: Elizabeth Crane vs. Shakespeare

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“I think I can kick a summer’s day’s ass any day. Of any season.”

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Author Q&A: Anis Shivani (My Tranquil War and Other Poems)

Anis Shivani's My Tranquil War and Other Poems

“Printing is more than a technology. It generates a certain attitude toward the self that is irreplaceable with any other technology. It demands a certain type of writing.”

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Interview: Benjamin Anastas, Author of Too Good to Be True

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“There is a strange and abiding prestige, a strange and abiding cultural juice that comes from being a writer. Having seen the reality of it, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.”

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Interview: Michael Kimball, Author of Big Ray

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“I knew I felt released after writing the novel, but I could never quite articulate it. And I think it was that – the shame that many abused people have to face down – I had done it in writing the novel.”

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Live Questions from Dead Poets: Allen Ginsberg “Interviews” Tyler Stoddard Smith

Tyler Stoddard Smith

“Now we’re both feeling shame, and I’ve panicked and stolen a Faulkner word. Maybe this is how poetry happens.”

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