Exploring the art of fiction



Interview: Jaclyn Gilbert

November 29, 2018

CRAFT: In the Acknowledgments, you indicate that Late Air, your debut novel, grew out of a short story. Can you talk a little bit about that process? How did you know that this short story would be able to be…

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Interview: Katya Apekina

September 19, 2018

CRAFT: Your debut novel, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish, is written in short sections, with the POV shifting frequently between two main characters, but also giving us glimpses into more ancillary characters through occasional narration, but also…

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Interview: D. Wystan Owen

August 20, 2018

CRAFT: Linked collections are so often the best of both worlds: the beauty of a short story combined with the scope of a novel. At what point as you were writing the stories for Other People’s Love Affairs did you…

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Interview: Jamel Brinkley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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