Don’t Write Alone: Interviews

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
A Conversation With ‘Best Debut Short Stories 2021’ Author Pardeep Toor

“Like any career, task, or pursuit, writing is laborious. You have to show up to work every day. Often you have a bad or uninspiring day at work and that’s fine because you get to work again tomorrow.”

Aug 24, 2021
“Memoir means working within the confines of your choices”: A Conversation with Gina Frangello

“Finding time to write is what comes hardest. Everything else is easier than that.”

Aug 11, 2021
“My personal story needs to give way to something greater”: A Conversation with Anna Qu

“I don’t want the reader to walk away feeling the cruelties that have been inflicted on me; the stake isn’t my personal pain.”

Aug 04, 2021
Alone Together: An Interview with Kristen Radtke, Author of ‘Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness’

As we are released from our homes and can start to have dinner with our friends again, it doesn’t mean that the problem of American loneliness is gone or has even really changed.

Jul 28, 2021
“I hope people consider the different ways history can be told”: A Conversation with Clint Smith

“Who we are, what our identities and backgrounds and politics are, all of these things animate how we experience a place.”

Jun 09, 2021
“I often see a story in an image”: A Conversation with Yang Huang

Elizabeth Graver shares a lively back-and-forth with her former student, Yang Huang, whose third novel, MY GOOD SON, published this May

May 26, 2021
How Eve L. Ewing Makes Her Stories Fly

“I’m passionate about advocating for young people to engage with literature, with art-making, with storytelling, because those are opportunities I had at a very young age.”

How Writing Can Raise the Dead: An Interview with Lilly Dancyger, author of ‘Negative Space’

“Describing what it feels like for somebody to not be there is a very abstract process. Pretty much this whole book has been trying to figure out how to do that.”

May 12, 2021
Editor-in-Chief Mensah Demary on Growing Soft Skull Press as a Literary Home for Creative, Risk-Taking Writers

“Sometimes I think this is my only role as an editor: to convince the world, starting with the publisher, that a book should exist.”

Apr 29, 2021
“I’m a work-in-progress”: A Conversation with Anjali Enjeti

Anjali Enjeti is a writer and activist with two books out this year: the essay collection SOUTHBOUND and her debut novel THE PARTED EARTH

Apr 27, 2021
Actions Must Have Consequences: An Interview with A. E. Osworth, Author of ‘We Are Watching Eliza Bright’

“I take real issue with the idea of ‘in real life’ versus on the internet. That’s not a distinction that exists. It’s not honest.”

Apr 14, 2021