Category: Interviews

An Interview with Jen Michalski by Curtis Smith

“I don’t make the characters do what I would do in facing these situations—as I’ve already illustrated, my characters seem to thwart me on every level—but I do wind up learning a lot about myself when writing about others. It reminds me of how psychologists say that children play as a way to learn to navigate social situations, that they’re sort of practicing for the real thing. And I guess, in a way, writers are people who have just never stopped playing.” ~ Jen Michalksi

Lavinia Ludlow and Curtis Smith in Conversation

Lavinia Ludlow is the author of two novels, alt.punk (2011) and Single Stroke Seven (2016). Both titles explore the successes, failures, and eccentric lives of independent writers and musicians in Northern California. She currently divides time between San Francisco and London. Her portfolio and small press reviews can […]

Naturally Political: An Interview with Ann Pancake by L.N. Holmes

“I think if you get the art right, the politics will come along naturally after it. But if you try to make politics the most important part of the piece, then the piece may come off as preachy or didactic and is probably going to have a weaker political effect, ironically, than if you try to deliberately put the politics in there.” ~ Ann Pancake, author of Strange As This Weather Has Been

Mexicali Blues by Joseph Grant

REVIEWED BY A.E. WEISGERBER Mexicali Blues | Joseph Grant | Literary Wanderlust | March 1, 2016 | ISBN 9781942856054 Many modern writers owe a debt to Hemingway. Joseph Grant, in his collection of short stories Mexicali Blues, pays tribute via eleven tales, framed by fishing expeditions (“Fishing for […]

A Big Open-Hearted Bear of a Man: A Conversation with Rusty Barnes, Writer, Editor, Publisher

BY ANTONIOS MALTEZOS Rusty Barnes lives and works in Revere, MA, but grew up in rural northern Appalachia. He received his BA from Mans­field Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia and his MFA from Emer­son Col­lege. His fic­tion, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in over two hun­dred  jour­nals and antholo­gies. After edit­ing fic­tion […]