This fall, I’ll be judging the Nisqually Prize for Fiction for A River & Sound Review. As part of all the hoopla (after the horn section, before the parade), I engaged in an interview that was probably way too fun. As a general rule: If you subject yourself to an interview, and then afterward you think “Wow, that was so fun,” you’ve probably said something you shouldn’t have said. This one’s largely about my superpowers. Writing stuff, too.
If you want to get canned answers from a writer, you email her a series of questions, and she answers them in a highly caffeinated state. If you want honest and somewhat ridiculous answers, you buy her a beer at AWP and record her on your phone. This is what the brilliant and stealthy Evan Allgood did for Trop Magazine this past March. I said some stuff I probably shouldn’t have said. And you can read it all here.
In their first online issue (after sixty years in print) I give an interview to the literary journal Shenandoah, for which I was once lucky enough to stuff envelopes as an undergraduate. Read my interview here, and please continue to support this storied and important journal by reading the whole issue (James Dickey! Betty Adcock! Brendan Galvin!) here and passing on the link!