Q&A with Poetry Contributor Devi Laskar

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Devi Laskar

"I wanted to write a collage poem about how people have a habit of ranking things—the items on their bucket lists, their favorite foods, their favorite sports teams."

Interview Excerpt: Lori Ostlund

Interview Excerpt: Lori Ostlund

Once, as we passed Sauk Centre on a rare family outing, my father said to me, "You know that Sinclair Lewis got run out of town for his books. Maybe someday you'll write a book that gets you run out of town."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Matthew Vollmer

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Matthew Vollmer

"As a writer, I have been slowly but steadily scrolling backward in time." 

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Fiona Inglis

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Fiona Inglis

"I suppose I wanted the definite 'A' to represent all the little personal distances that inevitably occur as a product of being physically apart."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Melissa Stephenson

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Melissa Stephenson

"As far as range and scope are concerned, those things are in constant focus in the West, where you can spot a snowstorm moving in from miles away, and the Rocky Mountains loom large on dark mornings as I walk my kids to school." 

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kevin McLellan

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kevin McLellan

"The slash is often in cahoots with enjambment and this creates more emphasis, or even pressure, on the neighboring language."

A Personal Rejection from Carve: The 7 Stages of Grief

A Personal Rejection from Carve: The 7 Stages of Grief

Some rejections are harder to shake, often because we were that close to an acceptance.

Carve Staff Recommendations: What to Read in the New Year

Carve Staff Recommendations: What to Read in the New Year

Below are some of our staff favorites, the best books we read in 2016.

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Elizabeth Cook

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Elizabeth Cook

"In this essay, my limited understanding of the internet means that Google becomes the mystical made prosaic. I don’t understand Google, and maybe I fear it, but the search engine is like an external self or a communal self without a body." 

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Sasha West

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Sasha West

"I think all loss has an echo and an endlessness."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jennifer Newhouse

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Jennifer Newhouse

"I think as a society, we're always trying to be useful, to be helpful, but so often, our loved ones — in whatever ways they are suffering — just want to know they're not alone. True presence is courageous."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kathryn Smith

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kathryn Smith

"The relationships between animals can seem quite savage when viewed up close. They become even more savage when a child is also watching and asks why."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Connie Pan

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Connie Pan

"The tricky part of writing, for me, is discovering a proactive balance of solitude and community and finding time to write while working to sustain my dream life."

How to Write Fiction that Matters

How to Write Fiction that Matters

Great fiction — like a good roux — relies on subtlety, complexity, and a long, low simmer to succeed.

Review of Invisible Men by Eric Freeze

Review of Invisible Men by Eric Freeze

Invisible Men is an invitation to look into the hearts of characters who feel alone. 

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kallie Falandays

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kallie Falandays

"I do believe in the power of the image, and I think an immense amount of blossoming can occur between two images."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Patrick Kindig

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Patrick Kindig

"If you only read one writer, you’ll write things that sound like that writer. If you read a variety of writers you’ll produce work that’s both more idiosyncratic and more interesting."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor LaTanya McQueen

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor LaTanya McQueen

"One piece just sort of reminded me of another piece, which connected to another one. For me that tends to be how it goes."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor José Araguz

Q&A with Poetry Contributor José Araguz

"I have learned to talk about it in terms of syllabics and measures, but really I’m that kid, engrossed, lost in words for hours."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Joe Woodward

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Joe Woodward

"For me, good poems are written from the true self, through the self."