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A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions

An Interview with Emma Straub, by Celia Johnson

Emma Straub

Fall is here. Some people love the cooler weather, but if you’re like me, as you walk along the sidewalk, leaves crunching beneath your feet, you’re yearning for those blissful, balmy summer months. Picking up a copy of The Vacationers is one way to escape. Emma Straub’s latest novel has everything you’d expect from a summer getaway in a far-off, exotic location – sunshine, beaches, museums, clubs. Add to that romance, fights, and laughter. The story follows the New York-based Post family and their friends during a two-week vacation in Mallorca. And on this trip, for better or worse, they’re forced to deal with many of their problems. I spoke with Straub about her characters, her creative process, and how she handles rejection.

The Post family and their friends are a wild bunch beneath that quiet uptown veneer. They are outlandish, hilarious, and at turns quite moving, as they deal with their mistakes, regrets, and desires. Are any of these characters based on people you know? Or did something in particular inspire you to create the Post family?

Ha! Well, thank you. I guess I grew up in a similarly funny uptown scene, so in that way, the Posts are like people... Read more

In the Telling

#21: Gianna De Persiis Vona

In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Gianna De Persiis Vona read “Piss Ant Friday,” which appears in Issue 15: Hope.

Gianna De Persiis Vona teaches creative writing and English to at-risk high school students in Sebastopol, California. Her work has appeared in Curve, Train, Litro, and Mothering... Read more

Encounters in Publishing

#61: Leaving MFA, An Interview with Famed Blogger Jordan Younger, by Paul Florez

Every year countless writers apply to MFA programs across the country. Those lucky enough to get accepted, embark on a literary journey that encompasses two years of their life.

I first met Jordan Younger when we were assigned as each others writing partner during our first semester at The New School. We became fast friends and Jordan became an integral... Read more

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Slice Literary Writers' Conference

The 2015 Slice Literary Writers' Conference will take place on September 12 + 13, 2015. Stay tuned for more details. 


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