December 2003

An Interview with Ai

Tomas Q. Morin

Ai is the author of seven collections of poems: Dread (W.W. Norton, 2003); Vice (W.W. Norton, 1999); Greed (W.W. Norton, 1993); Fate (Houghton Mifflin, 1991); Sin (Houghton Mifflin, 1986); Killing Floor (Houghton Mifflin, 1978); and Cruelty (Houghton Mifflin, 1973). Most recently, she was the recipient of the National Book Award for Vice. Sin won an American Book Award and Killing Floor was the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1979. She has received many prizes and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and two NEAs. Ai is a full professor of English at Oklahoma State University and held the 2002-03 Mitte Chair at Texas State University when this interview was completed.



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Virgil Suárez and the Duende of Memory

Ryan G. Van Cleave
Virgil Suárez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1962. He is the author of four novels: Latin Jazz (William Morrow, 1989; Simon & Schuster, 1990; & LSU Press, 2002), The Cutter (Ballantine Books, 1991; Arte Público Press, 1999), Havana Thursdays (Arte Público Press, 1994), and Going Under (Arte Público Press, 1996), as well as the short story collection Welcome to the Oasis (Arte Público Press, 1992) and a memoir, Spared Angola: Memories from a Cuban-American Childhood (Arte Público Press, 1997). With his wife Delia Poey, he has coedited two best-selling anthologies: Iguana Dreams: New Latino Fiction (HarperCollins, 1993) and Little Havana Blues: A Contemporary Cuban-American Literature Anthology (Arte Público Press, 1995). He has also coedited Paper Dance (Persea Books, 1997), American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement (University of Iowa Press, 2001), and Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America (University of Iowa Press, 2002). His poetry, stories, translations, and essays continue to be published in journals and reviews like Callaloo, the Caribbean Review, CrazyHorse, the Kenyon Review, Meridian, Parnassus, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and Witness. Abroad, his work has appeared in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, New Zealand, and Spain. This year he is the recipient of a NEA fellowship in poetry and a Florida Individual Artist Grant. Most recently, he is the author of six poetry collections: You Come Singing (Tia Chucha Press, 1998), Garabato Poems (Wings Press, 1998), In the Republic of Longing (Bilingual Review Press, 1999), Palm Crows (University of Arizona Press, 2000), Banyan (LSU Press, 2002), and Guide to the Blue Tongue (University of Illinois Press, 2002).
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Somebody Else

Clayton Eshleman

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An Interview with Novelist and Critic Thomas Mallon

Michael McGregor

Thomas Mallon is the author of six novels-the forthcoming Bandbox (Panth- eon, 2004), Two Moons (Pantheon, 2000), Dewey Defeats Truman (Pantheon, 1997), Henry and Clara (Ticknor & Fields, 1994), Aurora 7 (Ticknor & Fields, 1991), and Arts and Sciences (Ticknor & Fields, 1988)-as well as five books of nonfiction-Mrs. Paine's Garage: And the Murder of John F. Kennedy (Pantheon, 2002), In Fact: Essays On Writers and Writing (Knopf, 2001), Rockets and Rodeos (Ticknor & Fields, 1993), Stolen Words: Forays Into the Origins and Ravages of Plagiarism (Ticknor & Fields, 1989, revised edition by Harcourt, 2001), A Book of One's Own: People and their Diaries (Ticknor & Fields, 1984), and Edmund Blunden (G.K. Hall, 1983). A respected journalist, essayist, and book reviewer, he has written for many national publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, the New Yorker, and Gentlemen's Quarterly, where he served as literary editor and book columnist throughout the 1990s. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Great Lakes Book Award, the Ingram Merrill Award, and the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing. He has also served as a judge for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Awards. He earned a BA from Brown University and a PhD in English Literature from Harvard University, and he taught for 12 years at Vassar College. He lives now in Washington, DC.


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Writing and Moaning

Alan Cheuse

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