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A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions

Exquisite Corpse: Lit Crawl Austin 2015


Slice took part in Lit Crawl Austin last weekend. There was mischief. There were antics. And there were smackdowns. All with a literary spin. Plus, a generous amount of alcohol was thrown into the mix. In short, it was a blast.

We joined forces with PEN America to host an Exquisite Corpse reading. If you’ve never heard of one, here’s how it works: One person writes the first few paragraphs. We send the final line of those paragraphs to the next writer, who continues the story. Then the writers come together to read their collective tale, without knowing where it began or where it will end. The only direction we offered: Because Halloween is just around the corner, write something spooky.

Here’s that hilariously morbid tale, penned by these phenoms: Marisa Accolla Marchetto, Sarah McCoy, Keija Parssinen, Neal Pollack, and Sung J. Woo.

Neal Pollack kicked it off with this:

It was a world without restaurants. The government had banned fine dining. There were no food trucks, or carts, or stalls, or casual communal table burger joints. The grocery stores stayed open all the time, but they didn’t sell anything ready to eat. All the food was fresh and delicious and people had to cook... Read more

In the Telling

#25: Sarah V. Schweig

Here’s the second installment in our special collection of In the Telling podcasts: stories, essays, and poetry by our 2015 Pushcart Nominees. These episodes are curated by series editor Joseph Scalora. Each episode includes an introduction by our poetry, fiction, and nonfiction editors.

This episode features Sarah V. Schweig. Poetry Editor Tom Haushalter nominated... 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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Texas Book Festival: Slice Literary and PEN America Present an Exquisite Corpse Reading

9:30 - 10:15pm, Saturday, October 17. Wonderland, Austin. Details here.


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