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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 with Songwriter Whitney Ballen (Falls)

Whitney Ballen

“I suppose I am really unaware of my writing process because I never really plan on writing anything, it just kind of happens.”

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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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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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Identity and Authorship: An Interview with Songwriter Charles Frail

Charles Frail

“I think wooing a language is in some ways easier when it is not the language you grew up with. You can decide to learn it only through reading poetry or listening to songs. You can leave out the ugly parts.”

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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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