Interview | Doretta Lau

Doretta Lau’s short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? provides a feeling of homecoming. The stories take place between Vancouver, New York, and Hong Kong, as the [...]

Interview | Bettina Judd

Aba Micah Collins-Sibley: I became familiar with you and your work when you read at Smith College in Spring 2015, but if you were to attempt the, perhaps impossible, task of explaining the ethos [...]

Interview | Cara Benedetto

Cara Benedetto is an artist who uses writing to get it going. She lives in Virginia because that’s where the bumper lovers stick. She currently lives for learning environments. LA Warman is [...]

Interview | T Kira Madden

Ann Ward: First of all, hey! I’m so happy to be doing this with you guys–you are two women I have so much love and respect for; two truly badass, hardworking and inspiring wonders. So [...]

Interview | Stefan Kiesbye

I was first introduced to Stefan Kiesbye’s work in a seminar on the novella at UMass Amherst’s MFA program. While we were reading Next Door Lived a Girl, my house burned down, and because I had [...]

Interview | Tracy K. Smith

For over a decade, Tracy K. Smith has enamored readers and writers with her language and narrative and the ease of which she displays her mastery of both, manipulating them on the page into [...]

Interview | Kate Litterer

I can’t recall how Kate Litterer and I initially found each other in the dense mist of online poetry, but think of it this way: it’s 2001 and we’re on Audiogalaxy, looking to download the kind of [...]

Interview | Derrick Austin

In early April, Derrick Austin and I discussed his debut book of poems, Trouble the Water. From queerness, to blackness, to Caravaggio, to R&B singers, Austin’s sorcery extends from his poems [...]

Interview | Maggie Dietz

Maggie Dietz, That Kind of Happy Groundhog’s Day has passed and spring has come early. The poet, Maggie Dietz, and I walk from her graduate class in Boston University’s historic Room 222 to [...]

Interview | Chloe Caldwell

I read Chloe Caldwell’s novella, WOMEN, for the first time last spring. I was still getting used to living alone after my boyfriend suddenly broke up with me and moved out. I was counting [...]

Interview | Mona Awad

Mona Awad’s new book, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, is a bold, heartbreaking and humorous story of one woman’s struggle with her weight in a culture that defines women by their physical [...]

Interview | Laura van den Berg

by Aliza Sajjad Last week I fangirled. And no, it was not over some dreamy boyband or a heartthrob with nicely parted hair. Recently that piercing, wide-eyed excitement has been reserved for only [...]

Caroline Rayner | On P.S. Eliot

and it’s a sad decline introverted romance in our troubled minds a trying pine depending on good fortune or coincidence all the time Spread out on my twin bed, hiding from rain, pretending [...]

Interview | Sigitas Parulskis

The latest novel by Lithuania’s Sigitas Parulskis breaks new ground both for the author and for his readers. Tamsa ir partneriai (Darkness & Co., Alma Littera, 2012) is considered to be the [...]

Review | Heaven’s Gone to Hell

by Becky Blake Heaven’s Gone to Hell by Andrew J. Simpson BareBackPress, 2015; 174 pp What if you could bottle happiness and sell it? What if your girlfriend was the most perfect woman on the [...]

Interview | Octavio Quintanilla

Back in July of 2014, Octavio Quintanilla mailed me a copy of If I go Missing, his debut collection of poetry published by Slough Press. I read and reread the book, recognizing several poems from [...]

Review | Trepanation of the Skull

by Phillip Meters Review of Trepanation of the Skull by Sergey Gandlevsky. Translated by Susanne Fusso. October 2014. Normal, IL: Northern Illinois University Press. Growing up in a Soviet Union [...]

Interview | Sean Michaels

by Melissa Bull Author, journalist, and music critic Sean Michaels’ first novel, Us Conductors, a story inspired by the life of the Russian scientist, inventor and spy, Lev Termen, won Canada’s [...]

Review | Sarah Gerard’s Binary Star

by Timothy O’Donnell  Somewhere between Jenny Erpenbeck and Tumblr blog post, Sarah Gerard’s debut novel Binary Star explores the furious inner-workings of an astronomy student and teacher [...]

Review | “No Girls No Telephones”

by Andrew Purcell NO GIRLS NO TELEPHONES by Brittany Cavallaro  & Rebecca Hazelton Blacklawrence Press Probably the finest essay on poetry I’ve read this past year is Matthew Buckley [...]

Review | The Empathy Exams

by Arielle Bernstein In the final essay of Leslie Jamison’s phenomenal book, The Empathy Exams, Jamison asks the reader to think of the seemingly timeless and cross-cultural obsession with female [...]