The author of Country of Origin listens to old-school Arabic music to help her render the mood of Egypt at the dawn of the postcolonial period.
“I hope everyone who writes begins by recognizing their own value and the value of the very act of their having chosen to write.” —Dara Barrois/Dixon (formerly Dara Wier), author of Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina
The author of Country of Origin muses on the transporting power of photographs.
The 2021 guest editor of Ōrongohau: Best New Zealand Poems 2021 discusses the editorial process behind the anthology and what it reveals about contemporary New Zealand poetry.
Sally Kim, senior vice president and publisher of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, on amplifying her own voice to amplify the voices of others.
“I have dogs who get me outside on walks every day, but otherwise I generally feel like I should be writing whenever I’m not.” —Maud Newton, author of Ancestor Trouble
The author of Country of Origin reflects on finding her people in Austin, Texas.
“Get out of the way of the writing. Don’t make it precious. Sit down and get to it.” —Roger Reeves, author of Best Barbarian
“It’s good to know who to trust, I’ve been learning, but also who to doubt.” —Eloghosa Osunde, author of Vagabonds!
The author of Eleutheria explores how setting can tell a story.