In Conversation with Heather Christle

In Conversation with Heather Christle

“More often I find myself thinking that maybe we don't have to say that there are tears of sorrow, or tears of joy, or tears of grief. Maybe it's just tears. And it's a sign of two things. One: you're overcome, and perhaps in need of help. Tears are often signaling for help. Two: there is more feeling in you than you're capable of containing, whatever that feeling is.”

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In Conversation with Vivek Sharma

In Conversation with Vivek Sharma

“To write well about Indian masses, you have to first shed your Western lenses to organically connect with many of the traditions, idiosyncrasies, and customs that are centuries old. You must also realize that not everything written about India by westerners is as unbiased as we are made to believe.”

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In Conversation with David Hollander

In Conversation with David Hollander

“I think that most novels operate according to the same set of rules, values, and logic that we experience and rely on every day. But some novelists are in the business of creating an ulterior logic. If a reader is convinced by this logic, an enchantment has taken place.” 

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In Conversation with Brian Birnbaum

In Conversation with Brian Birnbaum

“In ASL, if a friend thinks you’re being rude, they’ll just sign it to your face. It comes from the language itself, from having to gesture things directly. It takes a kind of courage that we don’t have in English where we play those language games with each other, which can be fun and it’s where the nuance can come in.”

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In Conversation with Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven, with Thoughts on The Writer’s Hotel and The New Guard

In Conversation with Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven, with Thoughts on The Writer’s Hotel and <em>The New Guard</em>

“Our ultimate aim is to cultivate a space where writers of all stripes can learn from one another and flourish in the program. We intentionally built an environment that includes all writers. We can all learn from each other. Our literary community is richer for that. There is room for everyone at the great table of writers, as I always say. We can all add to the great stack of American letters—that’s something Scott says.”

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In Conversation with Alexandra Gottlieb

In Conversation with Alexandra Gottlieb

“I have said this all of my adult life: there is only one true breed of fortune tellers in this world, and they are all writers. This is the focal point in which I bring everything back to children's books. They shaped us, defined us, and played a part in how we view the world. It might seem like hyperbole, but I'm a true believer that we absorb content in the very same way as an adult.”

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In Conversation with Tina Chang

In Conversation with Tina Chang

“The main focus of Hybrida is my own son, Roman. As I watched him grow, I lived the outward existence of taking him to school, helping him with his studies, and I also resided in a very inward life where I feared what he may encounter in a future without me. This made me think of all the great myths of morality and sacrifice. In this way, I also drew upon myth to explore the power dynamics of race.”

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