The image that comes to my mind is a foot hovering above a stair. Marriage is the fabled next step, but engagement implies a kind of limbo, an almost-not-quite-there yet—the zero that comes before the one....more
Prolific writer and Director of the FIU Creative Writing Program Les Standiford takes a look back at his career in books, including Water to the Angels and Bringing Adam Home, and tells us what's next. ...more
Paul Griner talks about his newest novel, Second Life, his just-released story collection Hurry Please I Want to Know, putting real life into fiction, and whether creative writing can be taught. ...more
John Dufresne writes his characters so well, renders them in such a vivid, three-dimensional way, because of [his] genuine affection for people. He is fascinated by human beings—who we are, what we do, and why......more
Julie Marie Wade reviews Kiki Petrosino's Hymn for the Black Terrific today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Born in Seattle in 1979, Julie Marie Wade completed a Master of Arts in English at Western Washington University in 2003, a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities at the University of Louisville in 2012. She is the author of three collections of poetry--Without (Finishing Line Press, 2010), Postage Due (White Pine Press, 2013) When I Was Straight (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2014)--and three collections of lyric nonfiction--Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures (Colgate University Press, 2010; Bywater Books, 2014), Small Fires (Sarabande Books, 2011), and Tremolo: An Essay (Bloom Books, 2013). She teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University.