Thinking about talking to writers


I just returned from the first Barrelhouse/Hobart Writer Camp, and after spending a few days talking with other writers about writing in the Pennsylvania wilderness, I’ve been inspired to revisit all of the author interviews I’ve conducted over the years.

In case any of you want to check these out, too, I’ve made a convenient list below. Just click on the author’s name to find the interview:

Lydia Davis

Stacey D’Erasmo

Noy Holland

Jessica Hollander

Benjamin Johncock

Alexander MacLeod

Courtney Maum


Ethan Rutherford

Plus there’s this piece, which contains small responses from some of the above, but also Charles Baxter, Vanessa Blakeslee, Jennine Capó Crucet, Julia Elliott, Roxane Gay, Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Bret Anthony Johnston, Stephen Graham Jones, Maya Lang, Rebecca Makkai, Jess Row, Ted Thompson, Laura van den Berg, and Kevin Wilson.

Recent rumblings: Talking with Noy Holland & a radio show

Fiction, Interview

Very excited to share a chat I had with Noy Holland earlier this summer. We talked about her new novel, Bird, as well as writing in general. You can find the interview at Numéro Cinq.

Also, I was so thrilled that Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon featured two of my stories (“Chemistry” and “Hood Ornament”) on a recent broadcast. You can hear them both below. A big thanks to Georgia Bellas for the plug!

Brief Update

Interview, Random

I talked with Benjamin Johncock about his excellent debut novel, The Last Pilot, for Publishers Weekly. I highly recommend Ben’s book. It’s a great read.

Over at Barrelhouse, I took part in a panel piece on the FX comedy Louie. We got really into dissecting the narrative elements of the show, and we all admitted we’d go for the hot pour. UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: 6/6/15 Here’s the second half of the Louie panel discussion.

Interviewing Ondjaki


I talked with Angolan author Ondjaki for this month’s issue of Numéro Cinq. You may remember that I reviewed Ondjaki’s novel, Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret, this past summer, and we got to communicating shortly thereafter. We chatted via email for several months to construct the piece, with messages exchanged every week or two. The wonders of technology! Read everything we had to say here.