Don’t Write Alone: Interviews

A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Nishanth Injam

“We spend too much time thinking about how we are different and not enough time thinking about how we are similar.”

Oct 27, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021 Author’ Heather Aruffo

“I think medical terminology can be incredibly beautiful and I love integrating it into my work.”

Oct 20, 2021
Writers Who Read: A Conversation on Body Horror with Julian K. Jarboe

“If you’re interested in responding to difference and change in a fantastic way, body horror fiction can be a great way to push through the stereotypical or conventional roles of monstrosity.”

Oct 14, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Lindsay Ferguson

“Writing at a slow pace—or along the contours of what life personally looks like for you—is still writing.”

Oct 14, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Alberto Reyes Morgan

“Every story has a shape, you just have to figure out what it is and then let it be that shape, man.”

Oct 07, 2021
“Mainstream US literary culture is hostile to different ways of writing”: A Conversation with Aruni Kashyap

“I am inspired by other bilingual writers, other writers from smaller—I mean in size, not richness and depth—literary spaces.”

Oct 04, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Khaddafina Mbabazi

“I come from a culture that deifies the established and gatekeeps everything on their behalf. So it makes me glad that there are in fact spaces in the world where professional youth is celebrated.”

Sep 27, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Qianze Zhang

“Maybe being in a disorganized, overstimulated state of mind helped me evoke the anxiety of being on the internet while undergoing a process of ruthless self-evaluation.”

Sep 21, 2021
“Through writing this book, I’ve come to decide that I’m no longer a foreigner in this land”: A Conversation with Ye Chun

“Although my main characters find themselves in difficult circumstances, they are not passive. They resist, confront, and sometimes arrive at moments of transcendence.”

Sep 07, 2021
What We’ll Remember: An Interview with Debut Author Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

“My stories often start with a feeling that unspools somewhere deep inside.”

Sep 01, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Mackenzie McGee

“Speculative fiction at its best is outlandish at first glance, but ends up feeling immediate. That challenge is often what gets me writing—I want to take an absurd premise and see how deep it can go.”

Aug 31, 2021
“My sensibility as a writer is to give space for introspection”: A Conversation with Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

“The boundaries of my identity shift depending on which language I speak and operate in.”

Aug 31, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Pardeep Toor

“Like any career, task, or pursuit, writing is laborious. You have to show up to work every day. Often you have a bad or uninspiring day at work and that’s fine because you get to work again tomorrow.”

Aug 24, 2021
“Memoir means working within the confines of your choices”: A Conversation with Gina Frangello

“Finding time to write is what comes hardest. Everything else is easier than that.”

Aug 11, 2021
“My personal story needs to give way to something greater”: A Conversation with Anna Qu

“I don’t want the reader to walk away feeling the cruelties that have been inflicted on me; the stake isn’t my personal pain.”

Aug 04, 2021
Alone Together: An Interview with Kristen Radtke, Author of ‘Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness’

As we are released from our homes and can start to have dinner with our friends again, it doesn’t mean that the problem of American loneliness is gone or has even really changed.

Jul 28, 2021