R202. Art of the Literary Interview

Gold Salon 4, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Thursday, March 31, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


The interview is a prime medium for exploring and promoting literary conversations. Five panelists with vast creative and critical experience discuss the interview as a genre that honors certain conventions and traditions. They explore wide-ranging expressions of the genre as a dialogic bridge between critic and imaginative writer. They also articulate examples where interviews help build community and set standards for discourse among poets and fiction writers, respectively.



Tony Leuzzi's Radiant Losses won the 2010 New Sins Prize for Poetry. In 2012, BOA Editions released Passwords Primeval, Leuzzi's interviews with 20 American poets. The Burning Door is his third collection of poems. He is a widely published reviewer of books.

Tod Marshall is the author three books of poetry: Bugle, The Tangled Line, and Dare Say. He has also published a collection of interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible, and edited an anthology of the interviewed poets' work, Range of Voices.

Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novels, Stay and Why Can't I Be You.Her work has also been published in the Summerset Review and Slice magazine.

Joseph Salvatore is the author of To Assume a Pleasing Shape. He is the book review editor at the Brooklyn Rail and a frequent reviewer for the New York Times Sunday Book Review. He is an assistant professor of writing at The New School, in Manhattan, where he founded their literary journal, LIT.

Catherine LaSota is the development director for Electric Literature and founder, curator, and host of the monthly LIC Reading Series in Long Island City, Queens. Her interviews, reviews, and essays appear in Vice, Electric Literature, the Brooklyn Rail, and the One Story blog.


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Henry B. González Convention Center