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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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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

NatalieBakopoulos

“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)

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“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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