Just around the corner from the headquarters of Portland’s darling independent publisher, Tin House, Leni Zumas and I sat down in a cafe earlier this month to discuss writing craft, her novel, teaching, and, of course, sexism in the publishing industry. I had devoured her unflinching novel and found Zumas’s writing none-too-shy, sometimes steering the […]Read more "A Sidelong Glance at Leni Zumas"
“Almost everything I write begins with dialogue,” Dorothy Allison told me when I interviewed her last week. “Then, trying to figure out who these people are. They have to be challenging enough, and make me curious enough to follow them, otherwise the story stalls.” I had seen Allison read aloud a story last July at […]Read more "This Is a Southern Story"
The numbers for women in publishing are in and the results are not pretty. Yesterday, VIDA released its annual report tracking the representation of women in publishing, from reviewers, to bylines, to authors reviewed in reputable magazines like Harper’s and The Atlantic. This year, the nonprofit that supports women in the literary arts had also […]Read more "A Collective Reponse to Women in Publishing"