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alt text: image is a color photograph of the book cover for DEATH BY LANDSCAPE; title card for Claire Lobenfeld's new interview with Elvia Wilk

Interview: Elvia Wilk

July 11, 2022

  Elvia Wilk’s nonfiction debut, Death by Landscape (out July 19, 2022, via Soft Skull Press), investigates how we might displace human-centered narratives. Through literary immersion, research into spectral encounters and virtual reality, reflections on her own physicality, and first-person…

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alt text: image is the book cover to Thea Prieto's novel FROM THE CAVES; title card for "Conversations Between Friends: Thea Prieto and Peg Alford Pursell"

Conversations Between Friends: Thea Prieto and Peg Alford Pursell

February 22, 2022

  Thea Prieto and Peg Alford Pursell first became acquainted when Pursell submitted her hybrid flash writing to The Gravity of the Thing, a literary journal edited by Prieto, and over the years their conversations on writing have grown to…

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alt text: image is the book cover to Lan Samantha Chang's novel THE FAMILY CHAO that features a black backdrop with red font; title card for an interview of Chang by Candace Walsh

Interview: Lan Samantha Chang

February 1, 2022

  In The Family Chao, publishing today from W. W. Norton, Lan Samantha Chang presents a contemporary Midwestern family in fascinating crisis. I was fortunate to work with Sam in 2018 during the final semester of my MFA studies at…

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Interview: Randon Billings Noble

January 18, 2022

  As a writer and professor, I am often on the lookout for books on craft to expand my thinking when I write and to expand my explanatory powers when I teach. A new anthology edited by Randon Billings Noble…

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The Semantics of Belonging: Asian American Identity and Cost of the American Dream in Ling Ma’s SEVERANCE

December 7, 2021

  By Khushi Daryani • “Only in America do you have the luxury of being depressed,” claims Ruifang from Ling Ma’s Severance (Ma, 226). A recently resurfaced novel due to its uncanny similarity to the global pandemic, it contains several…

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“Keeping to Eat”: Nourishment for the Literary Mind, Winter 2021

November 30, 2021

  In Montréal, the newlyweds delay the satisfaction of my hunger. The duo drifts forward down Rue Saint-Sulpice, not more than one hundred steps outside the Notre-Dame Basilica with its archways and neon blues and vaulted ceilings tumbling with 24-karat…

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Hybrid Interview: Cheryl Pappas

November 16, 2021

  Essay by Kristin Tenor • There is a certain longing found within Cheryl Pappas’s debut flash fiction collection, The Clarity of Hunger. The sixteen pieces included in the collection, many previously published in well-established literary journals such as The…

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Art of the Opening: Tyler Barton

November 2, 2021

  From a distance, you can see the lights. The air is mosquito-thick, damp. The usually desolate backroads of Butler County, PA have become a caravan of motor enthusiasts. From the grassy shoulder, a deer struts with meticulous posture as…

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Shaping, Containing, and Dissecting Emotion in Kristen Radtke’s SEEK YOU

October 26, 2021

  By Stephanie Trott • I learned to love long-form graphic narratives during a time often associated with loneliness: college. Neither wunderkind nor department darling, I often felt an imposter in my undergraduate English classes and struggled to determine one…

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Hybrid Interview: Alexandra Kleeman

October 19, 2021

  Essay by Claire Lobenfeld • Alexandra Kleeman’s latest novel Something New Under the Sun is a book about plague. Not necessarily about sickness—although there is an age-agnostic form of dementia in its pages—but the Biblical kind. A novelist moves…

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