Amber Sparks

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"'Old people,' whispers Anna to her brother, 'are actually half robot. Only a robot could walk that slow.'" Amber Sparks​ reads ​"Cocoon​"​ from her first story collection, May We Shed These Human Bodies (Curbside Splendor, 2012). Her second story collection, The Unfinished World: And Other Stories (Liveright, 2016), explores star-crossed lovers, taxidermists, time travelers, and space janitors.

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Sunil Yapa

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"I set out in this book to write beyond my experience. As Colum McCann says...'Write towards what you want to know.'" Sunil Yapa recounts wisdom he learned from his mentors, and describes the inspiration for his debut novel, Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (Little, Brown, 2016), which is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Tessa Hadley

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"As a writer, I love the irresponsibility of the short story.... There's something beautifully free and single gesture about writing a short story." Tessa Hadley, author of the new novel, The Past (Harper, 2016), and whose work appears in The Penguin Book of the British Short Story (Penguin, 2015), talks about her experience writing both short stories and novels.

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Terese Svoboda

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Watch the book trailer for Terese Svoboda​'s new biography of poet Lola Ridge, Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet, which will be released by Schaffner Press in February 2016. "The Art of Biography: Falling In and Out of Love" by Svoboda is in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Paul Lisicky

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"What was I telling you? It was something like this: The world was made exactly for us and we'd never have to leave it." Paul Lisicky reads from his novel The Burning House (Etruscan Press, 2011) for Rosemont College's MFA Reading Series. Lisicky's new memoir, The Narrow Door (Graywolf Press, 2016), is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Diane Williams

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Diane Williams reads seven stories from her collection Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty (McSweeney's Books, 2012) for the Franklin Park Reading Series in Brooklyn. Williams's newest collection of stories, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine (McSweeney's Books, 2016), is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Speak by Phillip B. Williams

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"A storm and so a gift. / Its swift approach / lifts gravel from the road." Phillip B. Williams reads his poem "Speak," originally published in Poetry magazine in 2013. Williams's debut collection, Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books, 2016), is featured in Page One in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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