Recent Podcasts

Peter Conners Interview

Interview by The Laurel Review Staff / 2020, 6th June / 12:35:18

In the mid-80s, Peter Conners submerged into a life of writing, music, and exploration, and he hasn't looked back since. He has published seven books of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, and edited dozens of volumes of poetry and prose. His nonfiction books – Cornell '77, Growing Up Dead, JAMerica, and White Hand Society — have garnered him a reputation as a leading chronicler of the Grateful Dead, jam band, and countercultural communities.

Conners regularly gives readings and lectures at universities, conferences, bookstores, and art galleries, and is consulted by media for his views on music, counterculture, poetry, fiction, and editing. His books have received reviews in such places as Rolling Stone Magazine, Library Journal, Penthouse, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, The Onion, and the New York Post. The San Francisco Chronicle noted that "Conners writes like a poet and researches like a scholar," and NPR Books likened his writing to "…the way music sounds when your surrender has no limit."

Peter Conners lives with his wife and children in Rochester, NY. He is Publisher of the award-winning independent publishing house BOA Editions, Ltd.

Ron Austin Interview

Interview by Alison Burski / 2020, 6th June / 11:49:23

Ron A. Austin's short stories have been placed in Pleiades, Story Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, and other journals. Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, his first collection of linked stories, won the 2017 Nilsen Prize and was longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Austin's work has garnered a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellowship and a special mention in the 2015 Pushcart Prize Anthology. He, his partner Jennie, and son Elijah live in St. Louis.

Heather Harpham Interview

Interview by Nicole Kerwin and Anna Bagoly / 2020, 29th May / 12:50:05

Heather Harpham is a writer, teacher and theater artist whose fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in Slate, Parents, More, Water~Stone Review and Red Magazine in the UK. Her memoir, Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After, was released in 2017 and selected for Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Series as well as being an Indie Next pick. Harpham’s writing for the stage includes six solo plays, the most recent of which, Happiness and BURNING, toured nationally and were produced in Kathmandu, Nepal. Harpham’s work has been recognized with the Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, a Marin Arts Council Independent Artist Grant, support from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women, and a New York Innovative Theater Award nomination. Harpham has taught as a guest artist at colleges and universities throughout the US and in Europe. Originally from the northern California, she now lives in New York, a short walk from the Hudson River, with her family.

Maxine Chernoff Reading

/ 2020, 29th May / 12:39:04

Maxine Chernoff was born and raised in Chicago. She earned a BA and an MA from the University of Illinois. She was the Winner of the PIP Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry in 2006. Her collections of poetry include A Vegetable Emergency (1977); Utopia TV Store: prose poems (1979); New Faces of 1952 (1985), winner of the Carl Sandburg Award; Leap Year Day: New and Selected Poems (1990); and World: Poems 1991–2001 (2001). Chernoff has also written fiction, and her short story collection Signs of Devotion was a New York Times Notable Book in 1993. Her translations, with Paul Hoover, of the work of Friedrich Hölderlin won the PEN Center USA Translation Award. She is an editor of the journal New American Writing and a professor at San Francisco State University.

Kathy Fagan Interview

Interview by Anthony Procopio Ross / 2020, 29th May / 12:27:20

Kathy Fagan’s latest collection is Sycamore (Milkweed Editions, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. She is also the author of the National Poetry Series selection The Raft (Dutton, 1985), the Vassar Miller Prize winner MOVING & ST RAGE (Univ of North Texas, 1999), The Charm (Zoo, 2002), and Lip (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2009). Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Slate, FIELD, Narrative, The New Republic, The Nation, and Poetry, among other literary magazines, and is widely anthologized. Fagan was named Ohio Poet of the Year for 2017, and is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Frost Place, Ohioana, Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the Ohio Arts Council. The Director of Creative Writing and the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, she is currently Professor of English, Poetry Editor of OSU Press, and Advisor to The Journal.

C.D. DyVanc Interview

Interview by Anthony Procopio Ross / 2020, 28th May / 08:24:07

C.D. DyVanc (Drew Van Dyke) lives in Columbia, Mo. He is an award-winning journalist, and currently serves as a hotel night auditor. In his free time, he enjoys jumping out of airplanes, reading, and defending the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. His works have appeared in Well-Versed, Medium Weight Forks, and the hybrid art exhibit Interpretations V.

Ej Koh and Amy Meng Interview

Interview by Anthony Procopio Ross and Kohl Moutray / 2020, 28th May / 07:57:38

Ej Koh is the author of The Magical Language of Others (Tin House Books, 2020) and A Lesser Love (Pleiades Press, 2017), winner of the Pleiades Editors Prize for Poetry. Her poems, translations, stories have appeared in Academy of American Poets, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, PEN America, Slate, and World Literature Today. Koh is the recipient of Prairie Schooner’s Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing and fellowships from the American Literary Translators Association, Jack Straw Writers Program, Kundiman, MacDowell Colony, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and Vermont Studio Center. Koh earned her MFA at Columbia University in New York for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. She is completing her PhD at the University of Washington in English Language and Literature. Koh has been featured in The Stranger and Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival.

Amy Meng holds degrees from Rutgers University and New York University. She is the author of Bridled (Pleiades Press, 2018) and a Kundiman Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in publications including: Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Narrative Magazine, and New England Review. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Diana Joseph Interview

Interview by Hayley Brown, Luke Rolfes, and Bailey Weese / 2020, 28th May / 07:49:48

Diana Joseph has worked as a waitress, a short order cook, a typist and a teacher, but she is also the author of the forthcoming memoir I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing but True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man and Dog.

Richard Robbins Interview

Interview by Shandy Guffey and Bailey Weese / 2020, 28th May / 07:22:23

Richard Robbins was raised in California and Montana but has lived continuously in Minnesota since 1984. Lynx House Press recently published his sixth book of poems, Body Turn to Rain: New & Selected Poems. Over the years, he has been fortunate to receive awards or residencies from The Loft Literary Center, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America, the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, and Willapa Bay Air. From 1986-2014, he directed the Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State Mankato, where he continues to co-direct the creative writing program.

Daniel Chacón Interview

Interview by Kennia Lopez and Korbin Jones / 2020, 6th April / 12:19:44

Daniel Chacón is a short story writer, novelist and MFA teacher at the University of Texas, El Paso. His collection of short stories, Unending Rooms, won the 2008 Hudson Prize. He co-edited The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: The Selected Work of José Anontio Burciaga. His most recent book is a collection of short stories and flash fiction called Hotel Juarez, and he is currently editing Colón-ization: The Posthmous Poems of Andrés Montoya, forthcoming in 2014 from Bilingual Press and The Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame.

Rebecca Gayle Howell Interview

Interview by The Laurel Review Staff / 2020, 6th April / 12:12:34

Rebecca Gayle Howell's most recent book is American Purgatory, selected by Don Share for Great Britain's 2016 Sexton Prize and named a must-read collection by Poetry London, The Millions, and the Courier-Journal. She is also the author of Render / An Apocalypse, which received wide acclaim, most notably by David L. Ulin for the Los Angeles Times who called it "remarkable." Howell's debut was as the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar Before the Occupation / Hagar After the Occupation, shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award and selected by Library Journal as a best book of 2011. Among her other honors are fellowships from United States Artists, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Carson McCullers Center, as well as a Pushcart Prize. From 2017-2019 she served as the James Still Writer-in-Residence at Hindman Settlement School, where she founded Fireside Industries, an imprint of University Press of Kentucky charged with advancing Appalachian literature. Howell lives in Lexington where she is on faculty at the University of Kentucky's Lewis Honors College. Since 2014, she has served as Poetry Editor for Oxford American.

Aimee Parkison Interview

Interview by Morgan Wagle and Bailey Weese / 2020, 3rd April / 02:32:11

Aimee Parkison is the author of five books of fiction. Her work has won numerous awards and fellowships. Known for fusing experimental and revisionist takes on narrative with gothic grit, dark humor, poetic style, and satire, Parkison writes to explore voices and characters, opening doors to unusual journeys through language. Her characters are often victims or perpetrators of violence, "difficult women," or fated lovers whose happily-ever-after ends in abiding love that will not release them. Parkison's work has appeared in numerous journals in English and in translation in Italian. Her fiction has won the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize from Fiction Collective Two, a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, the Kurt Vonnegut Prize from North American Review, the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, the Jack Dyer Prize from Crab Orchard Review, a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, a Writers at Work Fellowship, a Puffin Foundation Fellowship, and an American Antiquarian Society William Randolph Hearst Creative Artists Fellowship.

Marcus Wicker Reading

/ 2020, 2nd April / 10:30:15

Marcus Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review's Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and the Fine Arts Work Center. His first collection Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Wicker's poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Oxford American, and Boston Review. His second book, Silencer—also an Image Award finalist—was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017 and won the Society of Midland Authors Award, as well as the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices. Marcus teaches in the MFA program at the University of Memphis, and he is the poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.

Gary Jackson Interview

Interview by Anthony Procopio Ross / 2020, 2nd April / 09:32:41

Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems in Callaloo, Tin House, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. He was featured in the 2013 New American Poetry Series by the Poetry Society of America and is the recipient of both a Cave Canem and Bread Loaf fellowship.