So happy to share my thoughts on Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper in this month’s issue of Numéro Cinq. This novel is really taking off, and the attention is well-deserved, even if it does feel a little like having a favorite indie band suddenly embraced by the mainstream.
Also, I’m now senior editor at NC. The rumors are true: I’m sleeping my way to the top.
The new issue of Atlas and Alice, a magazine I help edit, has started to appear online. We’re publishing one writer a week, starting with poems from Nicholas Grider (you may remember I chose his story collection, Misadventure, for my list of best story collections of 2013). Read his poems here, and stop by the website every week for something new to read.
I’m now an Associate Editor at Numéro Cinq. Here’s a blurb from the magazine:
Ben Woodard, not all that long a member of the NC Masthead, but in light of his mighty and varied contributions to the magazine, has taken a step up the Celestial Ladder and assumed the new position of Associate Editor. Click on his name and take a look at his NC Archive Page to see what he’s brought to the magazine. Notably and recently, that interview with Lydia Davis, but also review of the new translation of Ondjaki’s Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret in the current issue.
See the full piece here.
The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. Thankfully, the semester is almost over. I can almost breathe again.
Over at Numéro Cinq, I have a brief but lovely interview with the amazing Lydia Davis.
And the latest online edition of Rain Taxi contains my take on the short novel Sleeping with Gypsies.
Lastly, I hosted a short story Skype roundtable on Monday, featuring Laura van den Berg, Ethan Rutherford, and Jessica Hollander. You can watch video from the event below: