Juan Alvarado Valdivia – Conversation No. 18

Juan Alvarado Valdivia – Conversation No. 18
“When you’re writing about your life, about something you said or did, you’re actively reliving those moments and the emotions you tie to them. Conjuring all those difficult memories, moments I regret, moments I am ashamed of was tough, but ultimately necessary. I had been carrying that shit around for a long time and writing helped me to shed much of that self-directed guilt and shame I felt and perpetuated.”

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K.T. Billey – Conversation No. 17

K.T. Billey – Conversation No. 17
“Writing is a way to call out misogyny and rape culture, but also to outline better. To describe the future, the adults we want to be and the world we want to live in.”

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Danny Gardner – Conversation No. 16

Danny Gardner – Conversation No. 16
“Postwar America was a different nation for different people. It’s generally framed as being so simple—we went over there, kicked some ass, returned and built highways and suburbs and grew into a Superpower. Except it wasn’t so simple and prosperous for black folk, who couldn’t redeem its promise and potential without risk of destruction.”
[Book cover design is by Dyer Wilk]

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Ron Riekki – Conversation No. 15

Sometimes writers (virtually) meet each other because they share a publication together. Ron Riekki and I had stories published in Literary Orphans’ Blondie Issue (May 20, 2014, Issue 13). We dug each other’s stories and Ron introduced me to regional writings from a part of the U.S. I knew little about. I invited Ron to have a conversation about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the rich literary culture that thrives there, as well as to talk about his own work and what inspires him.

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Quail Bell Magazine – Conversation No. 14

Over the course of a few weeks, I had the pleasure of interviewing two talented women: Christine Stoddard, founder and editor of Quail Bell Magazine, and Kristen Rebelo, the magazine’s Art Director. Both were generous enough to share with me some insights about the business of publishing a magazine.

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Michelle Peñaloza – Conversation No. 13

Check out our Conversation No. 13 with poet Michelle Peñaloza – We discuss the act of scrying and Michelle’s ongoing project, landscape/heartbreak. #diggingthroughthefatmag

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Nathaniel Tower – Conversation No. 12

Nathaniel Tower is a prolific writer, established editor, and athlete. He writes stories that stay in your head for all the good reasons. His prose style and matter-of-fact tone convince you that what you just read is completely plausibe, at least within the elaborate world Tower creates. He gets away with this because his prose is clear and authoritative. If you choose follow the words on the page, you will be rewarded with a satisfying finale.

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Gill Hoffs – Conversation No. 11

The presence felt from reading a good piece of writing stays with you long after you finished reading that last line. It’s a feeling I often experience when reading Gill Hoff’s work. There’s passion and love, commitment and plain old fun in every piece this woman writes. I was curious to talk to Gill about her fiction and nonfiction, her process, and hear what she finds fascinating about writing.

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