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10 Questions for Kathryn Mills

- By Christin Howard

“My Dad took me out of kindergarten before the end of the semester, and we flew to Europe. We’re American, but 1961 was a good time for us to be out of the country. My father, C. Wright Mills—a sociologist and pioneering social critic—was embroiled in troubles, both political and personal.” —From "Up in Smoke," Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
In my early twenties, I wrote poems about my love life and nature in a small sketch pad, using different colored inks.

What writer(s) or works have influenced the way you write now?
I love books that blur the lines between genres—memoir blended with...


10 Questions for Joyce Peseroff

- By Christin Howard

“To a woman with Alzheimer’s

a dark red rug
looks like a hole in the floor
a bloody hole. She can’t open

her front door
without stepping past it… From "Irish Music," Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)


Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
In sixth grade, I began working on a Nancy-Drew-style mystery. Since many Nancy Drew books included references to other books in the series via an asterisk and a footnote, “*See The Secret in the Old Clock,” I decided to add allusions to my own yet-unwritten texts—a tween, Bronxite Borges. In the end, plot confounded me and the novel didn’t go beyond six pages...

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10 Questions for Elizabeth Barnett

- By Christin Howard

“We’ve never read her a story without a happy ending.
The divorced dad and his daughter make pizza. The rabbit loves chores.
When I flipped my mom’s suburban on 290, all the windows broke.
We climbed out of the passenger side, the cuts on our arms
The only injuries we got.” —From "Watching Sophia with my daughter, the one where the king’s coach crashes," Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
In fourth grade, I wrote a serial Batgirl story featuring my friends that I would read in front of the class. I was Batgirl. Even when I made people villains, they loved being in the story.

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


Peaceful Hunger Striker on the Bridge, Violent Radical Underneath

- By Chan Yin Ha

Translated from Chinese by Walter Chan Chun Hay

June 13, 2019

It was some minutes past five in the morning. The sky was turning bright and birds were relentlessly tweeting. Sparrows pecked around us. The bridge to the Central Government Complex has been blockaded by police and barriers, making it an island on which ten of us hunger strikers had been hemmed since yesterday afternoon, above the Lennon Wall, isolated from the rest of the world.

Last Sunday, over a million Hong Kong people had peacefully marched in protest against the Extradition Bill amendment, but the government insisted on bringing it to a second reading in the Legislative Council on 12 June as scheduled. Civil Human Rights Front again organised a protest outside the...

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10 Questions for J. Malcolm Garcia

- By Christin Howard

“Afghanistan was just a name, too. He didn’t know where it was, other than on the other side of the world from his home in Palm Bay, Florida. He looked like every other fucking reservist, did the same drills, felt the same nothingness of each passing nothing day even when he sat with the pilots in his nothingness. Their CO called the dead men heroes but the reservist didn’t see anything heroic in the freakish accident that killed them. They could have died that way at home.” —From "Having Once Served,” Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)


Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I started out writing fiction and had beginner's luck when my first piece was picked up by The Denver...

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