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A Post-Divorce Depressed Menopausal Optimist: An Interview with Alex Behr, author of Planet Grim

Alex Behr’s debut short fiction collection, Planet Grim, invites the reader on a beguiling journey through the gritty fringes of San Francisco and Portland, capturing the essence of her characters’ complicated lives in twenty-eight captivating stories. While her work is often comic, Behr avoids the easy laugh, grounding her fiction in honest and sometimes heartbreaking…

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Fiction that Multitasks: An Interview with Michelle Ross

Reading a writer for the first time is like making a new friend. As you delve into the work, the writer’s unique voice and sensibilities become familiar, and over time, even when you put the book aside, the rhythm of the writer’s sentences linger in your consciousness, much like a friend’s voice pops into your…

cover of the book "And Wind Will Wash Away"

Ideas and Investigations: An Interview with Jordan Rothacker

Any novel with a Pez dispenser on the cover is worth checking out—even more so when the dispenser sports a skull as its top. Jordan Rothacker’s debut novel, And Wind Will Wash Away, is an ambitious blend of religion, history, and the classic detective novel. Rothacker shared his thoughts about the novel, and more, in…

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Hope, Aspiration, and American Dream Stuff: An Interview with Christopher DeWan

Christopher DeWan, whose story “Intrusion” appeared at Cease, Cows earlier this year, has just released a new collection, Hoopty Time Machines, published by Atticus Books. Subtitled “Fairy Tales for Grown-Ups,” DeWan’s fiction is smart, imaginative, and equal parts funny and sad. DeWan’s characters walk the high-wire between aspiration and disappointment, and readers will appreciate the…

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The Toast Always Wins: An Interview with Kelly Luce

Kelly Luce’s debut collection, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, published in 2013 by A Strange Object, is an imaginative delight, unpredictable, amusing, and frequently heartbreaking. Set in Japan, Luce’s stories bring the reader into a world that’s slightly askew yet still familiar. They tickle the mind and touch the heart while lingering in…