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Talking with Alice Pettway

Talking with Alice Pettway

“The big emotions—love, grief, anger, fear—typically don’t happen in extraordinary settings but rather in people’s kitchens and living rooms.”

Talking with Hege A. Jakobsen Lepri

Talking with Hege A. Jakobsen Lepri

“But writing helps untangle the different threads in the web of relationships: with my family of origin, with the language and literature, with a certain way of seeing the world.”

Talking with Jessica Lynn Suchon

Talking with Jessica Lynn Suchon

“For me, an aubade, as a form, gives permission to write tenderly and romantically about people and places that were not always perfect, but sometimes felt as though they were—things we have moved on from, but remember with love.”

Talking with Shoshana Surek

Talking with Shoshana Surek

“It is a sad realization that while they are uniquely theirs, the stories are not singular.”

Talking with Betsy Johnson

Talking with Betsy Johnson

“Bordered by brambles and scrub, fireflies hovered there every June, and no matter what life brought, walking through the meadow never failed to soothe me.”

Talking with Kathleen Radigan

Talking with Kathleen Radigan

“I want to pay attention to the shock and beauty of daily things because once I do, they don’t usually feel mundane.”

Talking with Chrissy Martin

Talking with Chrissy Martin

“I curse deadlines because they’re frustrating, but sometimes they keep me from turning my poem into a Winchester Mystery House.”

Talking with Valorie K. Ruiz

Talking with Valorie K. Ruiz

“I was stuck on the image of a sunflower, stuck on the Spanish word for it, and questioning what it meant for me to constantly be looking at the good or the light in my life.”

Talking with Chloe Amos

Talking with Chloe Amos

“I wanted to take a stab at starting some dialogue over a very nuanced issue even before I have any real solutions figured out.”

Talking with Monika Zobel

Talking with Monika Zobel

“To me, a line break is equally as important as the image/the sentiment that is broken apart.”

Talking with Lauren Myers-Hinkle

Talking with Lauren Myers-Hinkle

“I am also influenced by the idea that worlds on screen, and in commercials in particular, seep into our consciousness and the very fabric of our thought processes.”

Talking with Jacob Aiello

Talking with Jacob Aiello

“It was only after I was able to look at this story as if it was about a fictional character that I think I made the connections and patterns that brought it to life.”

Talking with Lizzy Petersen

Talking with Lizzy Petersen

“For this poem, I was thinking about the apps, but I was also thinking about the game you play when you are dating, the one where you pretend to be disinterestedly interested.”

Talking with Shauna Laurel Jones

Talking with Shauna Laurel Jones

“I’m interested in cultural and aesthetic dimensions of human relationships with other animals, so naturally this “puffin problem” was a topic that spoke to me.”

Talking with Greg Allendorf

Talking with Greg Allendorf

“The poem is true to a moment—I remember when and where I wrote it: I saw two men in the library on campus and instantly felt them to be in love.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor E.E. Hussey

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor E.E. Hussey

“Science writing taught me the value of concise and succinct writing. It comes in handy when I’m drafting fiction.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Suzannah Russ Spaar

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Suzannah Russ Spaar

“The fact is, we survive these changes, and hopefully weather them together until we change them in a way we can live with, not just survive.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Rachel Kaufman

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Rachel Kaufman

“The poem wrestles with the temporally difficult quality of expectation; each moment comes too late or too soon.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Brandi Bradley

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Brandi Bradley

“Country music has incredible narratives about high-drama situations: adventure, crumbling marriages, tragic accidents, murder, and—my favorite high-drama narrative—the cost of ambition.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Bill Neumire

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Bill Neumire

“It’s like the way we know we’re mortal, but we need to suppress that knowledge most times in order to make a life.”