Mary Laura Philpott on “Lobsterman”

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 | No Comments
Mary Laura Philpott on “Lobsterman”

Mary Laura Philpott takes normalcy to task in “Lobsterman” (Issue 6), a quick, witty essay about the misunderstandings and miscalculations of childhood. In this interview, she discusses her writing strategies, from finding inspiration in fiction to beating writer’s block.

Jenni Simmons on “A Strange and Common Meal”

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 | No Comments
Jenni Simmons on “A Strange and Common Meal”

In her eloquent essay, “A Strange and Common Meal” (Issue 6), Jenni Simmons reflects on the many forms “communion” takes, from sacred ritual to Southern suppers. In her interview, Simmons discusses coloring, her workspace, and her influences.

Richard Gilbert on, “Don’t Call Me Dick”

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 | No Comments
Richard Gilbert on, “Don’t Call Me Dick”

A confrontation at a cafeteria table in first grade begins Richard Gilbert’s moving essay, “Don’t Call Me Dick” (Issue 6), about naming, adolescence, and coming in to one’s own. In his interview, Gilbert discusses his influences, his happiest moment, and the reason he decided to write his piece.

Ellee Achten on “My Body Knows”

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 | No Comments
Ellee Achten on “My Body Knows”

In “My Body Knows” (Issue 6), a piece of flash nonfiction, Ellee Achten sees not only bounty, but also danger, at the table. In the interview following, Achten discusses food allergies, moving, and her impromptu workspaces.

Shahé Mankerain on “Table Poems”

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 | No Comments
Shahé Mankerain on “Table Poems”

Armenian coffee, the complex character of his mother, and a range of tables are featured in Shahé Mankerian’s brief collection of “Table Poems” (Issue 6). In the following interview, Mankerian discusses his mother’s recitation and repertoire of poems, writing before sunrise on Sundays, and typewriters. 

John Michael Flynn on “Hai La Masa”

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 | No Comments
John Michael Flynn on “Hai La Masa”

Travel to Moldova with John Michael Flynn as he narrates a day with Vasya, a farmer with a passion for good food and drink, and a community that begins at the table in “Hai La Masa” (Issue 6). In this interview, Flynn discusses his influences, writing spaces, and mentors.

Annalise Mabe on “The Spies”

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 | No Comments
Annalise Mabe on “The Spies”

Curiosity and observation frame this piece of flash nonfiction as an argument unfolds in “The Spies” (Issue 6). In the following interview, Mabe discusses the prompt for her piece, writing by hand, and her hero of fiction.