Fires of Our Own Choosing


The Millions interviews Eugene Cross about the role of violence in his writing, being pulled away from home, running a creative writing workshop for refugees, and his debut story collection, Fires of Our Own Choosing.

“There are fires (obviously), drownings, robberies, break-ups, impending imprisonments, and all nature of tragedy, and through it all many of these characters are looking to blame anyone around them, anyone but themselves. Growing up, a lot of my friends were like that. I was like that. Willing to take credit for anything positive that came my way, but so quick to dismiss trouble as not being self-inflicted.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →