Category: Interviews

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…

Contributor Spotlight: James Dunham

James Dunham’s short story, “Passage,” appears in Vol. 34.1 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here. Tell us about “Passage” and what inspired it. I sometimes have surreal, unpleasant dreams, and “Passage” originated in one as the opening tunnel section where the societal outcasts gather. The image demanded exploration—that its story be discovered. Over the course of many drafts, I set…

Author Q&A: David Tomas Martinez

Interview by Hector Mojena David Tomas Martinez’s debut collection of poetry, Hustle, was released in 2014 by Sarabande Books, winning the New England Book Festival’s prize in poetry, the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and honorable mention in the Antonio Cisneros Del Moral prize. Martinez’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry, Boston Review, Oxford American, Los Angeles Review of Books, among…

Author Q&A: Valerie Wetlaufer

Interview by Emily Faison Lambda Award-winning poet Valerie Wetlaufer will be sharing her work on the Reading Queer stage on Sunday, November 22 at the Miami Book Fair. Valerie holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah, an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida State University, an MA in Teaching & a BA in French from Bennington College. She is…

Author Q&A: Katie Cortese

Interview by Misha Rai Katie Cortese’s stories and essays have appeared in such journals as Blackbird, Gulf Coast, Day One, and elsewhere, including the Rose Metal Press anthology Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. She holds a PhD from Florida State University and an MFA from Arizona State University. In addition to serving as the…

Author Q&A: Mathias Svalina

Interview by Laura Minor Mathias Svalina is the author of four books, most recently Wastoid from Big Lucks Books. His book The Wine-Dark Sea is forthcoming from Sidebrow. His collaboration with photographer Jon Pack, The Depression, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms. He lives in Denver & is an editor for Octopus Books. Twitter: @MathiasSvalina Laura Minor: Your voice in Wastoid…

Contributor Spotlight: Alexa Torre

Alexa Torre’s digital photography series, “Mexica Utopia,” appears in Vol. 33.2 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here.   Artist statement for “Mexica Utopia”: Mexico is a singular country, but we need to find those different Mexicans: Mexicans that can find their own way of assuming their own membership. ‘Hecho en Mexico’ needs to be more than just a…