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Interview: Jamel Brinkley

By CRAFT | April 25, 2018

CRAFT: Your debut short story collection, A Lucky Man, lives and breathes New York, with most of the stories located in one, or more, of the boroughs. And while I believe you grew up and went to school here, you’ve…

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Interview: Julie Buntin

By CRAFT | April 5, 2018

CRAFT: Marlena’s opening is striking on a craft level for several reasons: first, there’s no withholding. We learn right away what happens to Marlena. And second, the use of the present tense serves to put us in the moment, in…

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Interview: Mary Kuryla

By Guest Author | December 6, 2017

Holly Willis: You are both a filmmaker and a fiction writer: how do those two very different vocations influence each other and in turn impact your work? Mary Kuryla: I started as an English major in college — though I…

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Interview: Julia Elliott

By CRAFT | October 1, 2017

The Wilds comes out later this month. What was the first story you published that appears in this collection and can you tell us about its path to publication? “Jaws” was originally published in the “Politics” issue of the Mississippi…

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Interview: Aimee Bender

By CRAFT | September 1, 2017

Who do you like to read? Who are your influences? There are many—and I do love the magical realists: García Márquez, Cortázar, Borges, Leonora Carrington (more of a surrealist), Calvino, Barthelme, Murakami, if you’d call him that. Kelly Link. Then…

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Interview: Steve Almond

By CRAFT | September 1, 2017

Your stories make great use of traditional narrative structure. By this I mean: a strong tension builds until they reach a climax. A few stories from God Bless America—the title story; “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched”; “A Jew Berserk on…

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Interview: Arna Bontemps Hemenway

By CRAFT | September 1, 2017

Although the stories in your debut collection Elegy on Kinderklavier focus on war and the shadow it casts on the individuals involved and their families, you certainly don’t stick to one writing style or category. “The IED,” my favorite piece…

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