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A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions

An Interview with Mira Ptacin, by Olga Kreimer

Mira Ptacin

Mira Ptacin’s debut memoir, Poor Your Soul, about the grief of losing an unexpected pregnancy at twenty-eight, is not depressing. This might be surprising; between that event and the braided-in story of her brother’s sudden death at sixteen, you expect tears before you’re done reading the dust jacket summary. But the slice of her history that Mira’s book offers is full of color and nuance, peppered with details and even humor that breathe life into all its layers. The result will probably still make you cry. But it’s the familiar details that bring it home, the flashes of recognition of sticky youth, new love, New York City sidewalks, iron-willed parents, teenage cigarettes, petulant silences, 80s fashion, puzzling neighbors, unexpected joy—and of grief and pain, yes, but also of irrepressible resilience.

Skyping from her home on Peaks Island, Maine, while her newborn daughter Simone mostly napped, Mira shared some thoughts about the book, what she’s learned, and what keeps her from Googling herself.

You’ve talked before about the origin story of the book: this big thing happened while you were in grad school, and this story forced itself into your writing life. How did the writing timeline fit... Read more

In the Telling

#29: Chris Offutt

Here’s the sixth and final installment in our special collection of In the Telling podcasts: stories, essays, and poetry by our 2015 Pushcart Nominees. Each episode includes an introduction by our editors. The series is curated by Joseph Scalora.

In this episode, nonfiction editor Christopher Locke discusses why he nominated Chris Offutt’s essay “At... Read more

Encounters in Publishing

#77: Behind the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with Rob Spillman, by Liz Mathews

The 5th annual Slice Literary Writers’ Conference is in two days, and we’re so excited about the amazing community of writers and publishing professionals that is about to crowd into our corner of downtown Brooklyn. As we count down, we chatted with Tin House editor Rob Spillman about his work in both magazine and indie book publishing. We’ll hear more... Read more

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Slice at AWP

Slice's Creative Director Celia Johnson will be leading a panel on Saturday, April 2, at AWP in Los Angeles. The panelists are Sarah Bowlin (Editor, Henry Holt & Co.), Michelle Brower (Agent, Kuhn Projects), Karolina Waclawiak (Novelist, most recently of The Invaders and Believer Editor), Steph Opitz (Director of the Texas Book Fest and Book Reviewer/Marie Claire).

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