Grays in the Emerald CityHenry Peck interviews Elliott Colla
As Iraq faces a new crisis, the novel Baghdad Central explores the freighted “moment of ambiguity” a decade earlier.
Night VisionGeoff Mak interviews Karen Russell
The acclaimed novelist on the secrets, dreams, and myths that fuel her storytelling.
Documenting ProximityAditi Sriram interviews Anjan Sundaram
A mathematician destined for a plum job in finance drops everything to become a freelance journalist in war-torn Congo.
Felt Not KnownMeara Sharma interviews Evie Wyld
The novelist on mythic creatures, horror stories, and sensory maladies.
Lyrical ImpulseNaima Coster interviews Stacey D'Erasmo
The author on crafting new sounds, creating female characters, and portraying sex in literature.
How Do You Know?Jonathan Lee interviews Zia Haider Rahman
The Bangladeshi-British writer on news versus novels, swapping rural poverty for Wall Street, and “the power of story on the human mind.”
Small RebellionsMichelle Chen interviews Grace Lee Boggs
The civil rights icon on Detroit, the limits of protest organizing, and what she’s learned over seven decades of activism.
To Zion and BackIsmail Khalidi interviews Max Blumenthal
The journalist on the rise of Israeli extremism.
Combing the EdgesWendy Lee interviews Anjali Singh
The editorial director of Other Press on cultivating politically important literature, seeking new voices, and race and class in publishing.
Servings of Small ChangeMeara Sharma interviews Jane Black and Brent Cunningham
The food writers on building a food movement that transcends class lines.
Going Through CustomsHillary Brenhouse interviews Cristina Ibarra
The Chicana filmmaker on documenting a debutante ball in honor of George Washington’s birthday in Laredo, Texas, and adopting the Mexican-American border as her “muse.”
Talking Clean and Acting DirtyKatherine Rowland interviews Robert Bullard
The “father of environmental justice” on the politics of protection and vulnerability.
Notes for the StageAditi Sriram interviews Ayad Akhtar
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright on his relationship to Jewish artists, “the simple sense of being human,” and experiencing his work for the first time along with its audience.
This Little Light of OursKiese Laymon in conversation with Stanley Nelson
The Freedom Summer director on Mississippi and the role of music in civil rights.
Myth Is a Theorem About the Nature of RealityMatthew Spellberg interviews Robert Bringhurst
The scholar on the vivid tradition of Haida poetry.
The Thirty-Year PlanDani McClain interviews Sujatha Jesudason
The sociologist on turning the focus of the reproductive rights movement from abortion to love, sex, family, and community.
A Nightmare of Violence and TerrorJessica Holland interviews Hassan Blasim
The PEN Prize-winning writer on his four-year journey as an undocumented immigrant, the “prison” of literary Arabic, and imagining a new Iraq.
Everyday MiraclesWin Bassett interviews Fr. James Martin
The Jesuit priest, author, and avid tweeter on telling the story of Jesus through his divinity, and humanity.
The Third MariaOona Patrick and Dean Ellis interview Maria Teresa Horta
The former member of the “Three Marias” on feminism forty years after the Portuguese Revolution, Facebook, and insubordination.
The Art of Independent PublishingJonathan Lee interviews Fiona McCrae
The publisher of Graywolf on the pleasure of finding books others have overlooked.
A Muscle of BeliefErica Wright interviews Barbara Hamby
The Guggenheim fellow on returning to free verse in her latest collection, the difficulty of being joyful, and why poetry has taken the place of religion in her life.
Building in VerseParul Kapur Hinzen interviews Richard Blanco
The inaugural poet on writing through cultural dualities, the pleasure of bilingualism, and why “the poem is a kind of mathematical proof.”
Stasis ShiftElias Muhanna interviews Bassam Haddad
The Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.”
Beating the DrumDwyer Murphy interviews Jesmyn Ward
The National Book Award winner on substance abuse in the rural South and being told she’d written “just a Southern book.”
Sound MedicineHenry Peck interviews Valerie June
The “moonshine roots” musician on the magnetism of Southern music, learning to sing in church, and the timbre of the Tennessee landscape.
Salt of the EarthMeara Sharma interviews Marcie Cohen Ferris
The Southern food historian on the politics of consumption, matzoh ball gumbo, and the multicultural “terroir” of the South.
Walking With the WindAlex Carp interviews Bryan Stevenson
The Alabama-based lawyer on who we talk about when we talk about the Old South and how his project to locate and mark the sites of slave markets speaks the language of Southern history.
This Is Also My WorldDwyer Murphy interviews Rabih Alameddine
The Lebanese-American author on the dangers of writing what you know, the constant fear that he’s destroying his career, and why he believes that much of contemporary U.S. fiction is “not adventurous enough.”
Little FailuresMichael Hafford interviews Gary Shteyngart
The satirist on drinking too much, learning to write through psychoanalysis, and making the switch to memoir.
Running to the RiverMichael Halmshaw interviews Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
The Caine Prize-winning writer on resurrecting history’s ghosts, finding stories amid political violence, and why “Kenya is a mercurial character.”