From Farmlandia & Down State

Farmlandia The Midwestern farmlands of Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa are vast spaces.  The land, ground flat by glaciers, allows one to gaze for miles and miles just a few feet above the ground.  People and homes are separated by great distances, both physical and emotional…

May 4, 2016

Patrick Kindig

Photo Essay You love your boyfriend. There are days you want to do nothing but rub his belly as if he were a dog. There are days you do this. Others, he tells you about each boy he sees wearing gray sweatpants & talks…

April 11, 2016

Literary Autophobia

Recently, a man I’ve been seeing told me that he hasn’t mentioned me to his therapist. “Things are going well,” he told me. “There’s nothing to say when the feelings are good. It’s the problems that need talking about.” And I know exactly what…

March 30, 2016

Bret Lott

Broken for Art’s Sake: On Exploding the Linear Memoir (Author’s note: As will become embarrassingly apparent, this is the text of a talk given at the 2012 NonfictionNow conference in Melbourne, Australia, in a session titled “Rethinking Memoir: Contemporary Approaches.”) Three or four years…

February 17, 2016

Forging Narrative Spaces: An Interview with Aleksandar Hemon

Interviewed by Todd Summar Aleksandar Hemon slips fluidly between genres and forms, each project an unexpected new entity, yet still part of a continued conversation with the world around him. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon was visiting Chicago in 1992 during the outbreak of the…

February 17, 2016

On Cooking and Writing

I don’t cook. Not because I can’t, but because I believe there are so many people who are so much better at cooking than I am, that I’d rather pay them to create a meal for me, than muck around in the kitchen on…

February 10, 2016

Writing for me is a lot like…

Writing, for me, is a lot like music. Writing has the same ingredients as a song—rhythm, pacing, flow, and lyrics. Reading something should feel like music to your ears. There are countless of songs that bounce off our heads daily. It rings in our…

February 3, 2016