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Two Poems by Sarah Sala
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A public cafeteria, the ghost of my heart gorges herself on spent ammunition // The Orlando medical examiner processed each of the 49 Pulse victims apart from the gunman. / Even amid gravitational collapse, surviving atoms couldn’t reanimate with him.

Fiction as Revelation: Chigozie Obioma Interviewed by Xavier Navarro Aquino
Chigozie

The Man Booker finalist on telling a story from the perspective of a spirit and writing to expose historical truths.

The Misadventures of Nuns by Tobias Carroll
The Corner That Held Them4

On Sylvia Townsend Warner’s The Corner That Held Them, a witty and subversive novel about life in a fourteenth century convent.

Not Your Well-Behaved Good Gay: Sara Quin Interviewed by Sarah Neilson
High School

The writer and musician on queer representation, empathy for our younger selves, and music for our feelings.

Multiply the Gaze: Karthika Naïr Interviewed by Bibi Deitz
Naïr

The poet on her reimagined version of Vyasa’s Mahabharata and the human cost of war.

The Unnamable Inspires Me: Anne Serre Interviewed by Mary South
The Fool by Anne Serre

On writing for the sound of it, scandalous joy, and the seriousness of scatterbrained expression.

This Wounded City: Annette Weisser Interviewed by by Julia Bosson
Mycelium3

On writing about cancer and healing under the looming specter of Berlin’s history.

Invent New Rules: Lara Vapnyar Interviewed by Rebecca Schiff
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The writer on creating a legend about her mother, breaking the fourth wall, and Elena Ferrante’s honesty.

Desire to Disrupt: Nathanaël Interviewed by K.B. Thors
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On the occasion of a new co-edition of Je Nathanaël, the author speaks about re-issues, the lie of the truth, and the limits of language.

Lyrical and Capacious: Timothy Donnelly Interviewed by Shane McCrae
The Problem Of The Many6

Poetry with an epic sweep.

The Hit Writer: Jami Attenberg Interviewed by Elena Sheppard
All This Could Be Yours5

The author on her latest novel about family secrets, New Orleans, and characters waiting for their stories to be told.

The Fragility of Marguerite Duras by Julia Bosson
Duras Shadow

On her new collection of nonfiction, Me & Other Writings.

Falling Crows by Beth Piatote
Person

The boy who is coming home with part of himself missing is the man’s nephew. The man, Silas, receives the news and hangs up the phone, numb. He wants a drink. He doesn’t want a drink. He wants time to move backward.

Foreign Objects in Your Mouth: Johannes Göransson Interviewed by Katrine Øgaard Jensen
Transgressive Circulation8

The poet, translator, and Action Books publisher on his collection of essays about US literary culture, foreign influence, and the illusion of mastery.

Two Poems by Xandria Phillips
Tulsa2

we consummated our marriage / on a bed littered with sour faces / of dead presidents, liberated livestock / sweating through the dollars.

Running off to Join the Circus: Wayne Koestenbaum Interviewed by Ruby Brunton
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The writer on the tradition of notebook writers, archiving his own work, and enjoying a ragged, damaged, nervous narration.

Teresa by Paulina Flores
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She was coming out of the library when she saw him. Their paths had crossed a couple of times before. Three, to be exact. More or less under the same circumstances. He was riding an orange bicycle, and a little girl was standing behind him on the pannier rack.

Necessary Creatures: Chaya Bhuvaneswar Interviewed by Daniel A. Olivas
White Dancing Elephants

The writer on releasing her debut story collection, writing as a woman of color, and balancing a medical career with the writer’s life.

Johanna Skibsrud’s The Nothing That Is: Essays on Art, Literature and Being by Katharine Coldiron
Nothing

A medium for conversations about deep time, how war affects our consciousness, literature and, of course, nothing.

A Crisis of Personhood: Tsitsi Dangarembga by Bhakti Shringarpure
This Mournable Body4

The writer and activist filmmaker on completing the trilogy comprised of Nervous Conditions, The Book of Not, and This Mournable Body—narratives of women’s strength in the face of injustice.

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