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Two Poems by Emily Brandt
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I like when words fail. It shows we don’t believe / we totally know. Name a plant in a forest // and you think you know it. That name / to a bird or a dog, that sound is a squawk.

Two Poems by Emily Brandt
Katya Grokhovsky Untitled High Res

I like when words fail. It shows we don’t believe / we totally know. Name a plant in a forest // and you think you know it. That name / to a bird or a dog, that sound is a squawk.

Gaining a Self: On Chelsea Bieker’s Godshot by Kristen Martin
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A uniquely vile cast of characters, ecological disaster, and a motherless daughter who finds strength in the unexpected.

Relationship Advice: Maia Chao Interviewed by Simon Wu
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Mapping personal attachment styles onto art institutions.

Let the Dialogue Do Something: Angela Schanelec Interviewed by Ricky D’Ambrose
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The German filmmaker discusses her reductive approach.

Cathy Park Hong by Ken Chen
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The poet’s new collection of essays, Minor Feelings, threads intense friendships, “bad” English, and standup comedy into a meditation on the Asian-American experience.

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.

The Hit Writer: Jami Attenberg Interviewed by Elena Sheppard
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The author on her latest novel about family secrets, New Orleans, and characters waiting for their stories to be told.

Falling Crows by Beth Piatote
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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.

We Can’t Wait for Anyone to Tell Our Stories: Angie Cruz Interviewed by Andrea Thome
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The writer on her new novel, how Dominicans have shaped New York City’s culture, and creating artistic spaces that are truly liberating.

The Illusion of Permanence: Nick Flynn Interviewed by Yvonne Conza
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On his new collection of poetry, I Will Destroy You, the book that emerged from choosing not to write.

Paying Attention to Human Failure: Peg Alford Pursell Interviewed by Taylor Larsen
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The writer on her new collection of seventy-eight stories, lyrical compression, and protecting artistic inner silence.

From My Mother Laughs by Chantal Akerman
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“I preferred that others not be neglected but found the neglected gender suited me better than the not-neglected genders. I found my neglected gender to have a certain style. A style I like.”

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.

Laker Gold by Kwame Opoku-Duku

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.

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.

Privilege is Political: On Madhuri Vijay’s The Far Field by Naheed Patel
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Confronting the violent politics of a homeland.

from Return to the Yakne Chitto by Monique Verdin & Raymond Jackson
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From Return to the Yakne Chitto: Houma Migrations (Neighborhood Story Project, University of New Orleans Press, 2019), a collaborative ethnography of Houma lifeways at the ends of the Louisiana bayou.

Alicia Kopf by Mara Faye Lethem
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The author and translator of Brother in Ice confront Romantic notions of genius, dysfunctional family expectations, and other challenges to self expression.

An Invitation from Vaginal Davis by Ashley Stull Meyers
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Creating family and language through dance.

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