Author: Emily Faison

Contributor Spotlight: Adrienne Celt

Adrienne Celt’s illustrations appear in Vol. 33.1 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here.   Tell us about your comics. What inspired them? When I was younger, I had a hard time pinning myself down to one artistic discipline, and so I tried them all: drawing, sculpture, photography, literature, drama. I received a fair amount of encouragement, and then in…

Steve Almond

Listen to Steve Almond share excerpts from his new book, Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto. Steve Almond spent seven years as a newspaper reporter in Texas and Florida before writing his first book, My Life in Heavy Metal. His non-fiction book, Candyfreak, was a New York Times Bestseller. His most recent collection of short fiction, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize…

Review: A Wilderness of Monkeys

The title of David Kirby’s collection appears to indict humankind. Is Kirby insulting the reader? Are we implicated in some grand conspiracy of dunces? The leaflet page quotes Shylock from The Merchant of Venice: “I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys.” Shylock’s daughter Jessica, in addition to squandering her father’s money, traded her mother’s turquoise ring…

David Kirby

  David Kirby is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University. He has received many honors for his work, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and his work appears frequently in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize volumes. Kirby is the author of numerous books, including The House…

Craft Talk: Collier Nogues

PUSHING YOUR MATERIAL AROUND    Audre Lorde wrote, decades ago, that “there are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.” I’ve always loved that quote, but last spring I thought about it for the first time in a while, as I read the New York Times profile of the poet Anne Carson. Explaining how she…

Craft Talk: Katie Cortese

Flash Fiction: A World in the Palm of Your Hand As a kid, I collected snow globes. As many as I could get my hands on. The weirder the better. One was a red kaleidoscope with the snowy globe set ingeniously in a ring around the twistable tubes. Several were modifications on the concept, like the plastic dome that held a…

Craft Talk: Erica Dawson

Moses Moment It’s the moment when you’re finishing up the first draft and you’re second-guessing every decision you’re made so far. Will readers understand or be confused? You want them to understand, so you’ve got to nail the ending. You have to close the door on any questions, and all future discussions of your subject. You know good and well…

Daisy Fried

Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poetry, the forthcoming Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice (University of Pittsburgh, 2013), named by Library Journal one of the five best poetry books of 2013, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (University of Pittsburgh, 2006), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didn’t Mean to Do It, (University of Pittsburgh, 2000), which won the…