Last week I had the pleasure of asking Lydia Millet a few questions about her work, her influences, and her writing process. Lydia Millet is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and a staff writer for the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Arizona, where she lives. Millet’s novel “My Happy Life” was awarded the PEN-USA Award […]Read more "Ten Minutes with Lydia Millet"
Small is huge, Wells Fargo tells us with a Pleasantville main street gloss. It’s tough to admit when a cynical corporate slogan hits the mark, but I can’t think of a better way to describe Portland’s Future Tense Press and its portfolio of literary fire-starters. Run by literary community extraordinaire and Powell’s ambassador Kevin Sampsell, […]Read more "Dreaming Fantastical Stories: Szilvia Molnar"
I think that because women are so much more self-perceptive there is a sort of distance from yourself that can form as a result; you’re always checking yourself to see if you’re looking right and acting right and thinking the right thing. When I first heard word of Alexandra Kleeman’s debut novel, You Too Can […]Read more "Interview with Alexandra Kleeman"
Linda Hogan is a celebrated poet, storyteller, academic, playwright, novelist, environmentalist, and a writer of short stories. Her novel, Mean Spirit, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She’s an NEA Fellowship recipient, a Guggenheim winner, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and, most recently, the recipient of the 2016 Thoreau Prize from the PEN American Center. […]Read more "Catching Up With Linda Hogan"
One of Cuba’s most notorious bands, Porno para Ricardo is nothing if not controversial. Their unrelenting anti-Castro stance has made them a thorn in the side of that regime and a darling of the Miami exile community, and fellow punk rockers debate the band’s position within the island’s small scene: some applaud their cojones, others call them […]Read more "FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, AND PASSING STRANGERS: Porno para Ricardo"
Novelist and PDXXer Karelia Stetz-Waters is having a remarkable year. Her first book, a thriller called The Admirer, was published in December of 2013, and August saw the publication of a second thriller, The Purveyor. A young adult novel, Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before, comes out October 31st, and in January, Grand Central Publishing will release a romance, Something True. […]Read more "FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, AND PASSING STRANGERS: Karelia Stetz-Waters"
My feelings toward the act of writing run hot and cold. The cold is existential dread. With interviews, it is quite the opposite. If I could spend half the day in conversation—walking around or sitting on a riverbank or sharing a meal—and read for the other half of the day, I would be the happiest camper. Other […]Read more "Friends, Acquaintances, and Passing Strangers: Jason Ellis"
When one stumbles across Reductress, her initial reaction is one of utter recognition. The colors of the site’s headings are bright and the font size of its headlines bubbly and large enough to read without the slightest squint of the eyes. There is perhaps a picture of a pop star flashing across a corner of […]Read more "The Satirists: An Interview with Reductress"
It isn’t easy being a woman. Bombarded with repression and shame from religion, politics, and society at large, the notion of female sexuality has long been a guarded, even threatening topic. But not for Rebecca Pillsbury, author of the new memoir Finding Ecstasy: How Buenos Aires, a Brazilian, and the Blues Saved My Sex Life (and My […]Read more "Rebecca Pillsbury, author of the new book Finding Ecstasy, talks sex and self-publishing"
Presenting our Women in Comics: Jesse Snavlin: Colorist for San Hannibal, Writer of The Fowl Interviewed by Tall Brunette Twitter: @Tallbrunette (All Article Photos by Chelsea Gaya. circaxophotography.squarespace.com) In a bustling neighborhood off East Sandy, I counted myself extremely lucky to have missed the afternoon commuting traffic. Jesse and I navigated my relatively large SUV […]Read more "PDXX POW! Presents Jesse Snavlin: I am Jesse, Who Happens to be a Woman in Comics"