Interviews

Ken Hohing, Mud Season Review Artist

my captions would be different

Mike Sweeney interviews
Ken Hohing

 

Our art co-editor Mike Sweeney recently had this exchange with Ken Hohing, our Issue #22 featured artist. Here’s what he had to say about the layers of story behind the South Korean photographs, his path to becoming an artist, and the “magic” he looks for in a photograph… Read more

revisiting with a sense of hope

JD Fox interviews
Caitlin Hamilton Summie

 

Our fiction co-editor JD Fox recently had this exchange with Caitlin Hamilton Summie, our Issue #22 featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her story “Sons,” writing male and female narrators, and how her work has affected her approach to writing… Read more

a punch to your preconceptions

Katie Stromme interviews
Barry Maxwell

 

Our nonfiction co-editor Katie Stromme recently had this exchange with Barry Maxwell, our Issue #22 featured nonfiction author. Here’s what he had to say about his approach to temporal shifts and the construction of nonfiction characters in his essay; his thoughts on the “high” and “low” art that have influenced him; the effect of stretches of homelessness on his perspective toward life and writing; and his current MFA experience at UT Austin… Read more

density is the primary measure

Chris LaMay-West interviews
Bruce Alford

 

Our poetry co-editor Chris LaMay-West and editor-in-chief Rebecca Starks recently had this exchange with Bruce Alford, our Issue #22 featured poet. Here’s what he had to say about the personal nature of the manuscript he has been working on, his ambivalence toward Romanticism, and the way he uses form… Read more

Opening Up Without Burdening

Brett Sigurdson interviews
Nancy Wyland

 

Our nonfiction co-editor Brett Sigurdson recently had this exchange with Nancy Wyland, our Issue #21 featured nonfiction author. Here’s what she had to say about what compelled her to write “Cornucopia,” how she reconciles honesty with consideration in writing about family, and what she took away from her MFA experience… Read more

Orbiting a Mysterious Hub

JD Fox interviews
Jessica Bryant Klagmann

 

Our poetry co-editor JD Fox recently had this exchange with Jessica Bryant Klagmann, our Issue #21 featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about the inspiration behind “June, Fierce and Simple,” her approach to writing, and what she took away from her MFA experience… Read more

Octotillo, Mica, Cherimoya, Pomelo

Chris LaMay-West interviews
Aimee Nezhukumatathil

 

Our poetry co-editor Chris LaMay-West conducted this interview with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, our Vol. 2 Print Issue featured poet. Here’s what she had to say about how she became a poet instead of a doctor, the importance of being rooted in the natural world, her roles as teacher and editor, and her gratitude for organizations that in more recent times have fostered writers of color… Read more

a medal or a firing squad

Erin Post interviews
Ace Boggess

 

Our poetry co-editor Erin Post recently had this exchange with Ace Boggess, our Issue #21 featured poet. Here’s what he had to say about his appreciation of the absurd, how his time in prison affected his writing process, and how his approach to writing poetry differs from his novel writing… Read more

Embracing Mystery

Brett Sigurdson interviews
Sean Prentiss

 

Our nonfiction co-editor Brett Sigurdson conducted this interview with Sean Prentiss, one of our Vol. 2 Print Issue featured nonfiction authors. Here’s what he had to say about his search for Edward Abbey, the path he has taken as a writer, and his understanding of truth in nonfiction… Read more

The Sentence Must Sound Right

Rebecca Starks interviews
Robin McLean

 

Our editor-in-chief Rebecca Starks conducted this interview with Robin McLean, our Vol. 2 Print Issue featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about the interaction of worldview and craft in her stories and her understanding of their humor, violence, and grace. Read more