Interviews

20 Questions for Peter K. Steinberg

Asked by David Trinidad What is your first memory? I have some co-first memories. I don’t know how real they are. But first is being dropped; falling. My mother was carrying me from the living room into our “play room.” There is a step…

May 24, 2018
Book Reviews

The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms

The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms Edited and with an introduction by Kim Adrian Foreword by Brenda Miller Postscript by Cheyenne Nimes 276 pages, paperback, $24.95 University of Nebraska Press April, 2018 Shell Games When you think about the “essay,” what comes…

April 25, 2018
Essays

Zoe Raines

The Desk I moved into my first apartment in Chicago, and became a real writer. Being a writer had certain conditions that absolutely had to be met. I needed a place—secured. I needed a desk and a chair. The desk I wanted flat and…

April 25, 2018
Interviews

Online Survey for the Editor of an Anthology of Borrowed Form Essays

This survey was sent by Jenna McGuiggan to Kim Adrian, editor of The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Except for the book’s foreword, by Brenda Miller, and the source acknowledgements, everything in this anthology has been written…

April 25, 2018
Essays

Ayla Maisey

Paint Songs There I am: a child, a century after the final painting in Monet’s bridge series is finished, coloring butterfly masks with my mom and my brother on the cement front porch of my childhood home. My mother had printed and cut out…

April 25, 2018
Semi;Colon

The Meaning of Mystery

What songs the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women, although puzzling questions, are not beyond all conjecture.                                        …

March 22, 2018
Interviews

Dan Chaon in Conversation with Timothy Parfitt

Dan Chaon is the author of three short story collections, including Among the Missing, which was nominated for a National Book Award, and three novels. He lives in Cleveland and teaches at Oberlin College. His latest novel Ill Will, a New York Times bestseller,…

March 22, 2018