“Renaissance Writer” An Interview with Steve Almond

by Dallas Woodburn Steve Almond is a Renaissance Man of the unflinchingly honest written word. He broke into the literary scene in 2002 with his short story collection, My Life in Heavy Metal, which provoked strong reactions from reviewers due to its unapologetic sexual content. Next came a nonfiction book, Candyfreak, which Almond describes as a “diatribe about candy,” specifically the emotional presence candy plays in people’s lives. Almond has since enjoyed success in the novel and essay forms, and his short fiction is regularly featured in reputable literary journals including Tin House. Through his diverse writing forms, Almond continues … Continue reading “Renaissance Writer” An Interview with Steve Almond

Writing on the Edge of Controversy: An Interview with J. Eric Miller

The Write Room’s Jennifer Dunn interviews author J Eric Miller as he discusses his thought-provoking fiction, as well as his views on reading, writing and teaching on the edge of controversy. J Eric Miller is the author of two books, Animal Rights and Pornography and Decomposition, both of which have been translated and published abroad.  His stories have appeared in a number of literary journals, and he was recently a featured author at the Festival America in Vincennes, France. JD: What are the sorts of “subversive” things you like to write yourself? I know you write about animal rights, and … Continue reading Writing on the Edge of Controversy: An Interview with J. Eric Miller