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It Comes From Life Experience: An Interview with Kate Milliken

Kate Milliken’s collection of stories, If I’d Known You Were Coming, won the Iowa Award for Short Fiction in 2013. Her debut novel, Kept Animals centers on a real-life wildfire in Topanga Canyon, California, in 1993, which Kate experienced firsthand. Heralded as “an event-packed novel of class, desire, coming-of-age and familial disintegration,” and named one of the best LGBTQ …

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On James Leaf’s “Why I Fight”: An Interview With Malcolm Tulip

James Leaf’s “Team Wristband,” published posthumously in Michigan Quarterly Review’s Summer 2019 issue, explores mental illness and psychiatric institutionalization, as well as how mental illness is defined within social and historical power structures (MQR Online also published one of James’s letters and a note from Elizabeth Goodenough that appeared in the print journal.) The short …

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“Talking Back”: Teaching Feminist Writing with bell hooks

In the Fall of 2012, I found myself teaching bell hooks’s “talking back,” an essay from Talking Back (1989), to a class of upper-middle-class (mostly white) undergraduate students. In the piece, hooks writes about reclaiming her voice as a Black girl child in a working-class Black family in the southern United States. For hooks, “[t]o speak… when …

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A Novel In Stories: An Interview with Andrea Lee

Andrea Lee is the author of five books, including the National Book Award–nominated memoir Russian Journal, the novels Red Island House, Lost Hearts in Italy and Sarah Phillips, and the story collection Interesting Women. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, she has written for The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, W, and The New York Times Book Review. Born in Philadelphia, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from …

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