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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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Interview: Author Dinty W. Moore on Mindfulness and Writing

Dinty W. Moore

“By pushing sentences, words, ideas, images, around on a page…we are trying to cut through the chatter, to recognize what is true.”

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Interview: Natalie Bakopoulos, Author of The Green Shore

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“We all want to write the perfect novel. And then our own imperfect, messy, inadequate selves get in the way.”

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Interview: Benjamin Buchholz, Author of One Hundred and One Nights

Benjamin Buchholz

“Throughout the book there is a current of humor, of the bizarre, perhaps even the magical.”

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Author Q&A: Kristen Iversen (Full Body Burden)

Kristen Iversen author photo

“Keep your butt in the chair. I’ve received plenty of advice over the years, but I think this has been the most helpful. And stay away from adjectives.”

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Music Interview: Songwriter Mike Dumovich (Acres)

Mike Dumovich

“I like going to a show where everyone is into the music…Everyone’s on the same page for whatever, how long, twenty minutes. That feeling’s pretty cool.”

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Interview: Antonya Nelson, Author of Bound

Antonya Nelson

“I always start with the notion that I am going to write a short story. I don’t mind writing a novel, but I never set out to write one.”

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Author Q&A: Michelle Haimoff (These Days Are Ours)

Michelle Haimoff

“Having two parents who don’t love each other is like having your blood and your skin not get along.”

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Lit Q&A: Bethanne Patrick, Book Maven

Bethanne Patrick

“Literature took me…to places where people overcome their limitations, and to places where they don’t. The latter may be the most important way literature engages us, reminding us of our common humanity.”

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Interview: John H. Summers on The Baffler

John H Summers

Historian and publisher of the renascent Baffler magazine, John H. Summers has not exactly taken a direct route to heading a publication whose significance he compares to Dwight Macdonald’s mid-century journal, Politics.

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Author Q&A: Dan Chaon (Stay Awake)

Dan Chaon author portrait

“Certain books tell us that we are not alone. And that can be life-saving.”

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Author Q&A: Julianna Baggott (Pure)

Julianna Baggott

“Writing, for me, is the daily practice of empathy. Reading should be a practice of empathizing too. Each time we step into another person’s world view, we broaden who we are as people.”

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“What Type of Equipment Do YOU Use?”: An Interview with Singer Colleen Green

Colleen Green playing Guitar

“I made the 4 Loko 2 Kayla CD-R as sort of a tour supplement to the Milo tape and put it on the internet for free. I think that was the best thing I could have done.”

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Author Q&A: Nick Antosca (The Obese)

Nick Antosca with cutout of Stephen King

“The best is when you start narrating your own life in the voice of a book in which you’ve recently lost yourself.”

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Interview: Alex Shakar, Author of Luminarium

Alex Shakar

Luminarium is a book brimming with ideas…To get Alex talking about it, I tried using an unorthodox interview structure.

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