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Where You Surprise Yourself: Peter Rock Interviewed by Leni Zumas
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“Some of the best nonfiction is now being written as fiction.” Peter Rock on his new novel, The Night Swimmers.

Issue #147: A Throw of the Dice by Lucy Ives

When we were first married, he went out and bought a ball gag.

Dyke Beauty: Gala Mukomolova’s Without Protection by Natalie Adler
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A poetry collection on the violence of knowledge, sexual awakening, and encounters through Baba Yaga’s forest.

Laker Gold by Kwame Opoku-Duku
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Laker gold is how Pops describes it. To Little Man, though, that motherfucker is yellow. Canary yellow and dirty. Little Man knows it’s a Westview Public Works truck, even though the WPW tag was zig-zagged over with black spray paint.

Rehearsing Violence: Nomi Stone Interviewed by Jasmine Dreame Wagner
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The poet on her new collection of documentary poetry, military simulation zones, and how Americans are regularly ensconced in the diorama of war.

From Vincent and Alice and Alice by Shane Jones
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We’re walking through the centered skylight spaces of the mall. I drop back on the cloud-white floor tiles, holding my phone up to record a video. Beautiful in its own way to watch in reality, but when I replay the video, following Alice into a store selling soap, the video doesn’t show Alice, only oval shaped air heat-trembling at the edges. I replay it three times, shocked each time when I’m unable to see her.

Reappear, Remind, Reverberate: Chelsea Biondolillo Interviewed by Erica Trabold
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The essayist on writing about birds to bridge thematic leaps from fathers to tattoos to cross-continental moves.

Field Work: Jeffrey Yang’s Hey, Marfa by Nathaniel Tarn
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An anthropoetry of Marfa, Texas, and far beyond.

The Story of Our Lives Do Not Have Faces: Sally Wen Mao Interviewed by Anne Anlin Cheng
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The poet on her new collection and how a person lost to history can survive in the imaginary possibilities of art.

To Change the Shape of the Brain in the Heart: A Conversation by John James & Rob Schlegel
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The poets on their latest collections, the texture of language, and work that pulls the rug from under us.

Living is Contagious: Aimee Herman Interviewed by Christina Quintana
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The writer on her debut novel, Everything Grows, an epistolary exploration of finding community and coming out in the early ’90s.

A Cosmos of Your Own Creation: Mark Mayer Interviewed by Kristen Kubecka
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The author discusses his debut collection, Aerialists, and the surreality of the human mind.

Genres as Lenses: Namwali Serpell Interviewed by Ryan Chapman
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The Zambian novelist on using tropes to upend them, the power of mistakes, writing female desire, and more.

Signaling Through the Flames: On The Gulf by Belle Boggs by Kristen Martin
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A scam writing workshop for Christians breeds empathy.

Issue #147: Frederic Tuten’s My Young Life by Thomas Bolt
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My Young Life is a memoir of becoming…

Issue #147: Abbigail N. Rosewood’s If I Had Two Lives by Yasmin Roshanian
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In New York, everything sounds back to Vietnam…

Intention and Chance by Joey Perr
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A selection of pages from Hands Up, Herbie!, a graphic biography of the artist and educator Herb Perr.

Chilling Artistry: On Mariana Dimópulos’s All My Goodbyes by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright​
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A novel about new global citizenship, the absurdities of late capitalism, and the unsettling power of silence. 

It Starts With Listening: Amy Hempel Interviewed by Julia Slavin​
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The writer on her new collection of stories about encroaching landscapes, disenfranchised characters, and the fleeting certainty of home.

On Making Good Talk: Mira Jacob Interviewed by Emily Raboteau
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The writer and illustrator on the early stages of drafting, interracial parenting, and creating a visual language for herself.

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