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10 Questions for Jill Maio

- By Abby MacGregor

“One at a time, the men emerged; their arms were dense with tattoos, earlobes deformed by gappers, noses pierced by silver rings. They looked, An­nie thought, like they’d given up on being human, had begun trans­forming themselves into whatever came next.”
—from “All Ink and Metal”, Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)


Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
Most early work is probably best forgotten. Although when I was six I wrote stories about a brilliant detective (who also happened to be a six-year-old girl) and I remember thinking they were very good.

What writer(s) or works have influenced the way...


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Tuesday, November 27, is #GivingTuesday, a global day of philanthropy to support national and local nonprofits. We hope you'll give to the Massachusetts Review so we can continue to publish important voices from around the world.

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10 Questions

10 Questions for Benjamin S. Grossberg

- By Abby MacGregor

 Last time, that was nice, all of us there, and her sat sideways
on a chair, short of breath after bringing out the yams, a slab
in their thick pyrex. And the last time I saw Michael naked
was nice because I noted the color of his skin—cream with one
tablespoon of coffee stirred in, that precise, one tablespoon. . .
from "Thanksgiving at Mom's, That", Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)


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10 Questions for Mara Faye Lethem

- By Abby MacGregor

“A pleasant month of June was drawing to a close when Enric Espol showed up with a bandaged hand, his fist clenched be­neath the gauze. He was clearly changed in many respects, which gave rise to speculation, but no one could possibly imagine the scale of the wallop that had bowed him.”
—from “The Desert”, Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you translated.
The first book I ever translated was about the Catalan performance group La Fura dels Baus...

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10 Questions for Laure Katsaros

- By Abby MacGregor

“Ry-sur-Andelle, in Normandy, has one claim to fame: it has been described as a possible model for the fictional village of Yonville-l’Abbaye in Gustave Flaubert’s celebrated 1857 novel of adultery and provincial life, Madame Bovary.”
from “The Pharmacist’s Dream”, Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
In 2000, I completed a dissertation on the seashore in modern American poetry from for the Université Paris-VII. At roughly 550 pages, this was the longest piece I had ever written. I could never write anything like this again. Now I prefer shorter forms and less academic prose—my ideal is the essay.

What writer(s) or works have...

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