Category: Interviews

Author Q&A: Kao Kalia Yang

Interview by Misha Rai  Kao Kalia Yang is a teacher, public speaker, and writer. Yang is the author of the award-winning book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and the book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016). She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Kao Kalia lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota…

Author Q&A: Jordan Flaherty

Interview by Dyan Neary Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author. He has appeared as a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows, including CNN Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Headline News, RT America, the Alan Colmes Show on Fox, and News and Notes on NPR. He is the author of the books No More…

Author Q&A: A.A. Balaskovits

Interview by Misha Rai Originally from the Chicagoland area, A.A. Balaskovits has lived all across the American Midwest but currently calls South Carolina her home. She received her B.A. from Loras College, her MFA from Bowling Green State University and her Ph.D. from The University of Missouri.She has served as an Assistant Fiction Editor for The Mid American Review and…

Author Q&A: Piyali Bhattacharya

Interview by Misha Rai Piyali Bhattacharya is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and many others. She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion which was awarded a grant from the National…

Author Q&A: Anne Valente

Interview by Misha Rai Anne Valente’s debut novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, is forthcoming from William Morrow/HarperCollins in October 2016. Her first short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, won the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize and was released in September 2014. She is also the author of the fiction chapbook, An Elegy for Mathematics. First…

Author Q&A: Chris Hutchinson

Interview by Dorothy Chan Chris Hutchinson was born in Montreal and has since pursued various livelihoods (cooking in restaurants, working in offices, and occasionally teaching creative writing at high schools, colleges, and universities) in such places as Vancouver, Dawson City, Kelowna, New York City, and, most recently, Houston, where is a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the…

Author Q&A: James Kimbrell

Interview by Laura Minor James Kimbrell was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He has published three volumes of poetry all with Sarabande Books, The Gatehouse Heaven, My Psychic, and Smote, and was co-translator of Three Poets of Modern Korea: Yi Sang, Hahm Dong-Seon, and Choi Young-Mi (Sarabande, 2002). His work has appeared in magazines such as Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, Ploughshares, Field, The…

Oh, Miami Author Spotlight: Laurel Nakanishi

Interview by Hector Mojena After proposing the Sunroom Project to the Oh, Miami Poetry Festival last year, Laurel Nakanishi founded an initiative that in short time has become one of the most ambitious poetry workshops in all of South Florida. Working with middle schools and detention centers throughout Miami-Dade County, the Sunroom Project (supported by the Children’s Trust) instructs burgeoning…

Contributor Spotlight: Alicia Wright

Alicia Wright’s poems, “Self Portrait as St. Peter’s Youth Group Member” and “Elegy for Marilyn with Streaks of Silver,” appear in Vol. 34.1 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here. This interview was conducted by Maari Carter, The Southeast Review’s assistant poetry editor.   First, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to publish your beautiful poems. You’re working…

Contributor Spotlight: Will McGrath

Will McGrath’s “Death of the Virgin” won The Southeast Review’s 2015 Narrative Nonfiction Contest, judged by Bob Shacochis, and appears in Vol. 34.1. Purchase the issue here and check out this year’s contests. Tell us about “Death of the Virgin.” What inspired it? I wrote a version of this essay long ago, when I was working at a homeless shelter…