Don’t Write Alone: Interviews

“The most innocent thing you can do is want to create”: Robert J. Dau Prize Winner Isaac Hughes Green

Learn about Isaac Hughes Green’s short story “The First Time I Said It,” which was selected for ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021.’

Dec 07, 2021
“It’s astonishing how similar everyone’s editorial problems are”: A Conversation with Allison K Williams

In this conversation with the author of ‘Seven Drafts,’ Andrea A. Firth chats with Allison K Williams about praise, feedback, editing concepts, and more.

Dec 01, 2021
“The writing process was a bit chaotic”: Robert J. Dau Prize Winner Amy Haejung

Learn about Amy Haejung’s short story “Maria,” which was selected for ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021.’

Nov 24, 2021
“The literary challenge of this moment is restoring voice and agency to non-humans”: A Conversation with Amitav Ghosh

“Both non-humans and human Others were represented as being fit to be ‘subdued’ (a word that recurs often in colonial texts).”

Nov 17, 2021
“I wanted to convey that conflict of balancing the expectations of two different cultures”: A Conversation with Mina Seçkin

“What would it look like for a person—one who is a disaffected millennial—to look for her soul in her body? That’s the question I wanted to write toward.”

Nov 16, 2021
“Write your reality”: A Conversation with Janice Lee

“That is, my nonfiction isn’t any more ‘real’ than my fiction.”

A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Nishanth Injam

“We spend too much time thinking about how we are different and not enough time thinking about how we are similar.”

Oct 27, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021 Author’ Heather Aruffo

“I think medical terminology can be incredibly beautiful and I love integrating it into my work.”

Oct 20, 2021
Writers Who Read: A Conversation on Body Horror with Julian K. Jarboe

“If you’re interested in responding to difference and change in a fantastic way, body horror fiction can be a great way to push through the stereotypical or conventional roles of monstrosity.”

Oct 14, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Lindsay Ferguson

“Writing at a slow pace—or along the contours of what life personally looks like for you—is still writing.”

Oct 14, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Alberto Reyes Morgan

“Every story has a shape, you just have to figure out what it is and then let it be that shape, man.”

Oct 07, 2021
“Mainstream US literary culture is hostile to different ways of writing”: A Conversation with Aruni Kashyap

“I am inspired by other bilingual writers, other writers from smaller—I mean in size, not richness and depth—literary spaces.”

Oct 04, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Khaddafina Mbabazi

“I come from a culture that deifies the established and gatekeeps everything on their behalf. So it makes me glad that there are in fact spaces in the world where professional youth is celebrated.”

Sep 27, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Qianze Zhang

“Maybe being in a disorganized, overstimulated state of mind helped me evoke the anxiety of being on the internet while undergoing a process of ruthless self-evaluation.”

Sep 21, 2021
“Through writing this book, I’ve come to decide that I’m no longer a foreigner in this land”: A Conversation with Ye Chun

“Although my main characters find themselves in difficult circumstances, they are not passive. They resist, confront, and sometimes arrive at moments of transcendence.”

Sep 07, 2021
What We’ll Remember: An Interview with Debut Author Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

“My stories often start with a feeling that unspools somewhere deep inside.”

Sep 01, 2021
A Conversation with ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Mackenzie McGee

“Speculative fiction at its best is outlandish at first glance, but ends up feeling immediate. That challenge is often what gets me writing—I want to take an absurd premise and see how deep it can go.”

Aug 31, 2021
“My sensibility as a writer is to give space for introspection”: A Conversation with Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

“The boundaries of my identity shift depending on which language I speak and operate in.”

Aug 31, 2021