Michigan Quarterly Review editor Khaled Mattawa, guest editor Benjamin Paloff and contributor Jeremiah Chamberlin talk about the Fall 2019 issue of Michigan Quarterly Review: What Does Europe Want Now? We talk about MQR’s mission, its history since 1962, and its future. We also talk about the issue’s central question, and the poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interviews and translations within MQR 58:4.
Lo Dagerman and Nancy Pick read from The Writer and The Refugee (originally published by Norstedts Förlag, Stockholm 2017; English translation 2019).
We talk about being a detective in your own family mystery, long term research projects, theater, powerful mothers, inspiration, and translation.
Nate Powell talks about his graphic novel Come Again (Top Shelf Press 2018). We talk about starting out in comics, DIY and punk, imagining another world, and working with Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin.
Richard Russo reads from Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life (Knopf 2018). We talk about looking backwards to make sense of things, creativity and mental illness, voice and honesty, Springsteen, and destiny.
Derek Peterson talks about his books Creative Writing (2004), Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival (2012) and his current projects funded by his MacArthur Fellowship. We talk about building stories, archival preservation, Mountains of the Moon University, Idi Amin and Ugandan radio.
Michigan’s own Stephen Rush reads from Free Jazz, Harmolodics, and Ornette Coleman (Routledge 2017). We talk about the principle of human equality, enlightenment, unison, and interviewing Ornette Coleman.