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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.”

Meet our Production Editor, Janelle Drumwright

Meet our Production Editor, Janelle Drumwright

“Reading Carve made me feel less alone as a writer, inspired me with others’ work, and bolstered my drive to keep going.”

Meet our new Classroom Ambassador, Amanda Conner

Meet our new Classroom Ambassador, Amanda Conner

“One of my goals as the Classroom Ambassador is to be a resource for new writers who are entering the world of fiction and publication. I want to be an advocate for their stories to be heard.”

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.”

Meet our new Blog Editor, Ariel Courage

Meet our new Blog Editor, Ariel Courage

“The gulf between writers and journals can feel unnecessarily wide even though it's ultimately a symbiotic relationship.”

Meet our new Associate Editor, Bridget Apfeld

Meet our new Associate Editor, Bridget Apfeld

“When a story surprises me with a vision that’s believable but unexpected, when a story combines urgency with authority of voice—to me, that’s honest fiction.”

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.”