Don’t Write Alone: Interviews

Elissa Bassist Gave Her Book Everything She Had

In this interview, Elissa Bassist discusses her memoir “Hysterical,” keeping her humor sharp, and the endurance test of writing a book.

Sep 13, 2022
Dur e Aziz Amna Is Adding Something Different to the Canon

Akanksha Singh interviews Dur e Aziz Amna about her novel ‘American Fever,’ the burdens of representation, and performing for the dominant culture.

Aug 25, 2022
Allegra Hyde Believes We Are a Product of the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Jean Marc Ah-Sen interviews Allegra Hyde about her novel ‘Eleutheria,’ the concept of climate fiction, and reckoning with the patterns of the past.

Aug 02, 2022
CJ Hauser Is Making Meaning from a Fragmented Life

Ladane Nasseri interviews CJ Hauser about her memoir in essays ‘The Crane Wife,’ the impact of a viral publication, and the braided-essay form.

Jul 20, 2022
Charlie Jane Anders Wants You to Know Daydreaming Is Important, Serious Work

In this interview, Ruth Joffre talks with Charlie Jane Anders about her craft book ‘Never Say You Can’t Survive,’ building writing communities, and queer joy.

Jul 19, 2022
Joseph Han Writes From, and for, Community

In this interview, Joseph Han discusses his debut novel ‘Nuclear Family,’ being in conversation with Korean American literature, and writing from a place of abundance.

Jul 14, 2022
Mia Manansala Believes Food Always Tells a Personal Story

Anthony Ocampo interviews Mia Manansala about her “Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery Series,” writing immigrant narratives beyond trauma, and—of course—food.

Jul 11, 2022
Adrienne Celt Asks, “What makes something meaningful?”

Julia Fine interviews Adrienne Celt about her new novel ‘End of the World House,’ writing time loops, and creating narrative architecture.

Jun 29, 2022
Michelle Hart Is Queering the Campus Novel

In this interview, Michelle Hart discusses her debut novel, ‘We Do What We Do in the Dark’; the art of the flashback; and how ceding your power can be very hot.

Jun 21, 2022
Peter Ho Davies Believes Revision Is a Mindset

In this interview, Ruth Joffre talks with Peter Ho Davies about his craft book ‘The Art of Revision,’ how to interpret feedback, and how to navigate the pressures of publishing.

Jun 15, 2022
Taylor Hahn Writes Comedy From a Place of Tension

Crystal Hana Kim interviews Taylor Hahn about her new novel, learning to write in law school, and subverting the jokes about the swinging lifestyle.

Jun 14, 2022
Kali Fajardo-Anstine Believes Memory Is an Act of Resistance

In this interview, the writer Jared Jackson talks to the novelist and professor Kali Fajardo-Anstine about her new book ‘Woman of Light.’

Jun 07, 2022
“Our stories go looking for people to write them down”: A Conversation with Cody Caetano

In this interview, novelist Jean Marc Ah-Sen talks with writer and literary agent Cody Caetano about his new memoir ‘Half-Bads in White Regalia.’

May 31, 2022
A Conversation about ‘Murder at Teal’s Pond: Hazel Drew and the Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks’

Co-authors David Bushman and Mark Givens talk about their book and how to use research as a tool.

“I’m not very good at hating things”: A Conversation with Elamin Abdelmahmoud

The writer and podcaster discusses his new book ‘Son of Elsewhere,’ taking pop culture seriously, and not inviting his Twitter self to the writing party.

May 17, 2022
For Ada Limón, We’re All the Hurting Kind

In this interview, Eliza Harris speaks with Ada Limón about her new poetry collection, the failure of language, and finding the will to begin again.

May 16, 2022
Matt Bell Is a Student (and Teacher) of Writing

In this interview, Ruth Joffre talks with Matt Bell about his new craft book ‘Refuse to Be Done,’ interactive storytelling, building a craft library, and more.

May 10, 2022
Pyae Moe Thet War Knows What Makes a Good Essay

In this interview, Tajja Isen talks to Pyae Moe Thet War about her new collection ‘You’ve Changed,’ finding her voice as a writer, and publishing a book on her own terms.

May 03, 2022
Little by Little, Toni Mirosevich Returns to a Place Where People Are People

In this conversation, Ploi Pirapokin talks with Toni Mirosevich about her new short story collection ‘Spell Heaven,’ the art of bullshitting, and the fluidity of genre.

May 02, 2022