Keith Meatto talks with poet Gina Myers about leaving New York, darkness in poetry, and the difference between growing up and settling down.
The landscape architect on living cities, the tyranny of lawns, and how mayors will soon rule the world.
As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, a conversation on Lynn Melnick’s collection If I Should Say I Have Hope.
To kick off National Poetry Month, the deputy director of the Poetry Society of America talks with Erica Wright about institutional rivalry, poetic diplomacy, and encountering verse in unlikely places.
The Paris Review editor on his new translation of That Smell by Sonallah Ibrahim.
Population growth during Laurie Anderson’s lifetime
The provocateur on Obama’s second term and the role of bad behavior in fiction.
Reed Cooley speaks with the artist on his recent exhibition at Haunch of Venison’s Chelsea gallery.
In Guatanamo: If the Light Goes Out, a photographer explores life in, around, and after detainment.
The essayist and critic interviewed on the cultural dynamics of the commons.
The data journalist and designer on the balance between content and beauty
Following the third anniversary of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Alexia Nader speaks with Wilentz about her new book, and the culture and future of Haiti.
One of the world’s leading climate activists on the science of dangerous weather, the imperative to organize, and how to get out of bed in the morning on a planet in peril.
(re:)FORM Art founder Anna Harrah talks with us about collaboration, apocalypse, and self-fulfilling prophesies.
After a decade of absence, the Mexican-American author and activist returns to the literary scene to discuss her new book, what it takes to ‘compost’ grief into light, and the long road for writers of color.
A.M. Homes on Nixon’s psyche, American dementia, and writing like a man.
The prolific translator talks with Guernica’s poetry editor about her work ethic, contemporary Morocco, and what connects poetry with journalism.
In this Q&A, surgeon Marty Makary talks about his new book Unaccountable and explains why patient harm persists, and what to do about it.
Anthony Swofford on bad habits, good writing, and coming back from the brink
Painter Sangram Majumdar invites Guernica to his studio to view a few in-progress paintings and learn about his process.
The Hungarian writer talks terror in fiction, the aesthetic of the long sentence, his love of contemporary music, and collaborating with Allen Ginsberg.
Sam Lipsyte on being an American writer in translation and the venerable tradition of masturbation in literature.
In this never-published interview legendary actor Omar Sharif speaks about fathering a half-Jewish son in a one-night-stand and working on a bawdy, nearly forgotten film with Peter O’Toole.
The memoirist/poet on adaptation and how all literary trilogies come back to Star Wars.
Artist Wardell Milan on dioramas, Matchbox villages and riffing on Ralph Ellison.
The editor in chief of Adbusters on sparking the Occupy Wall Street movement and its next phase, why the president is a “f#$%ing wimp,” and his beef with David Brooks.
Israeli journalist Amira Hass on the next Palestinian uprising and her attempts to cut through propaganda to get at the truths of the lives next door.
In a candid interview, the Israeli author on Netanyahu’s impotence, how his son’s death affected his latest novel, and Israel’s need to embrace Palestinians with humanity.
In the debut of Guernica’s new interview series, Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich visits the studio of Legacy Russell and gets the lowdown on Russell’s ongoing performance project Open Ceremony.
The professor Glenn Beck loves to hate speaks with Cornel West about waitressing, black nationalism, how the radical right helped her define her politics, and why she’s gloomy about America’s future.
The author of the lauded graphic novel Blankets discusses the influences behind his new book, the effect of 9/11 on his work, and the decline of the superhero in comics.
Lynne Tillman discusses her latest mindfuck story collection and how social reading platforms erode the barrier between writer and reader.
On July 9, southern Sudan is scheduled to become the world’s newest country. Rebecca Hamilton discusses the impact of this change on the rest of the region.
The award-winning Palestinian director on his latest and most personal film, Israel’s moral army, and the power of silence.
“[Genocide is a] negation of the human…Until that is recognized, words like reconciliation are a bit too easy, a bit too glib.”
The acclaimed poet, just before her stroke, on oil, the oral supremacy of poetry, and (what else?) the end of the world.
The novelist on Goon Squad, the drug-taking intensity of high school kids, and the Gothic novel.
Are American readers insular, as the secretary of the Swedish Academy famously quipped? If so, why has immigrant fiction taken such a pivotal role in American letters? Irina Reyn hashes it out with lauded Bosnian author Aleksandar Hemon.
International author and economist on ending western aid to Africa, what Bono and Geldof don’t get, and the stifling of African independence and entrepreneurship.
The ICC’s lead prosecutor on the Court’s first arrest warrant for a sitting head of state, why his Court is nobody’s instrument but the law’s, and how he got his mother to see the light.