Category: Interviews

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…

Contributor Spotlight: Jennine Capó Crucet

Interview Excerpt: “Navigating Rather Than Negotiating” Misha Rai’s full interview with Jennine Capó Crucet appears in Vol. 34.1 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here. Misha Rai: So you once told me that you knew exactly who you were writing Make Your Home Among Strangers for. Can you talk a little about that?  Jennine Capó Crucet: Absolutely. I wrote this…

Contributor Spotlight: Yao Xiao

Yao Xiao’s digital illustrations appear in Vol. 34.1 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here.  What drives you to make art? I’m driven by the effect that art has on people as emotional beings. Images help us connect and express values to one another. I’m happy being the medium and bridge between communicators.   How does your obsession with “absurd…

Author Q&A: Lawrence Coates

Interview by Misha Rai Lawrence Coates is the author of five books, most recently Camp Olvido and The Goodbye House. His first novel, The Blossom Festival, won the Western States Book Award for Fiction and was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Series. His second novel, The Master of Monterey, was published in 2003, and his…