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Mini-Interviews

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #212: Mark Bibbins

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“I had thought of the title as a placeholder, but it ended up hanging around.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #211: Rachel Vorona Cote

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“Ultimately, this is who I am. I can only write honestly, and from where I live.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #209: Lisa Olstein

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“I don’t think I know how to write if I’m not guided by sound—that’s when it feels like I’m flailing or straining.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #208: Stephen Van Dyck

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“This reality is so much dustier, smellier, and bitterer than it seems through a screen.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #207: Andrew Weatherhead

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“I want my art to be symbiotic with my life, not separate from it.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #206: Tina May Hall

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“[I]t was thrilling to try to push up against genre and density of language and see what strange hybrids emerged.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #205: Beth Alvarado

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“For me, when I write nonfiction, my mind moves from the outside to the inside.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #203: Molly Spencer

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“I would say the primary role of speech in these poems is to attempt something. To try.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #202: Michelle Steinbeck

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“I wanted every reader to see her or his own story.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #199: Stuart M. Ross

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“Ty is, you know, tied in a knot. On a very old shoe.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #196: Alan Chazaro

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“[P]art of writing is cementing some sort of memory.”

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The Rumpus Interview Mini-Interview Project #196: Cathy Ulrich

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“I hope it will mean as much to readers as it does to me.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #193: C.J. Farley

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“My novel tries to write the contributions of men and women of color back in.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #192: Lara Vapnyar

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“This novel is my most intimate and biographical.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #190: R.L. Maizes

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“We all fail to do the right thing some of the time.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #184: Caroline Hagood

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“I wanted to write a manifesto on the artistic act of a woman looking and making.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #183: Ryan Chapman

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“[Y]ou really want to engage a reader, and not abuse their time.”

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