Interview

An Interview with Mary Kuryla

In Freak Weather: Stories, you won’t find women who make the safest or the most calculated choices. But they’ll make their own choices, and they’ll tell you why. Mary Kuryla is a master of narrative voice. The stories in this collection are built and undercut by the tough, unflinching women who tell them. Amy Hempel selected Freak Weather for the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction. I spoke with Kuryla about her inimitable characters, her revision process, and why a snake had to be a snake and not a metaphor, and much more.

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Interview

SLICE + VICE: LITERARY AGENT ANNIE HWANG

Inspired by the “seven deadly sins,” SLICE + VICE is an exposition of the underbelly of craft. With vice in mind, SLICE asks writers and industry professionals seven short answer questions to illuminate the darker side of creativity and the publishing process. For the latest SLICE + VICE, we chatted with Folio Literary Management agent Annie Hwang, who you can also catch at the upcoming Slice Literary Writers’ Conference.

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Authors In Conversation

LitCrawl Brooklyn: A Multilingual Most Exquisite Corpse

At PEN America’s Lit Crawl Brooklyn 2018, Words Without Borders and SLICE Literary partnered to present a multilingual exquisite corpse, a story authored by four international writers—Glaydah Namukasa, Ibtisam Azem, Amir Ahmadi Arian, and Silvana Paternostro—and translated by Dr. Merit Kabugo, Sinan Antoon, Amir Ahmadi Arian, and Mary Ann Newman.

In the exquisite corpse tradition, one writer penned the first segment of the story (in this case, Ugandan writer Glaydah Namukasa, who was given a prompt line from Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H., translated by Idra Novey: “I’d transformed myself little by little into the person who bears my name”). 

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ISSUES



UPCOMING EVENT


ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2019 CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN

VISIT WWW.SLICELITCON.ORG FOR FULL INFO.

Our panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing (plotting, dialogue, characterization, po-etry, and more) to the business of writing (pitch letters, landing a book deal, and beyond). Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer’s career. But a book deal is just the beginning of a writer’s professional journey. We invite leading professionals to offer trade secrets about how they transform a great story into a bestselling book (and what writers can do to help them get there).

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MISSION

SLICE WAS BUILT BY TWO BOOK EDITORS WHO WANTED TO CHAMPION NEW VOICES.

We’d seen firsthand how difficult it is for emerging writers to break into the publishing world. So we decided to create a space where new voices were just as important as famous voices, a space where those two groups would strike up all sorts of conversations. We invited people from the publishing industry to join in, too.

Sure, we are publishers. But perhaps even more than that, we are connectors. We want to see what happens when two renowned writers sit down and talk about the creative process. We want to give emerging writers the opportunity to ask editors what it’s really like behind the scenes. We want readers to witness the conversational spark that flies when a story by a beloved voice appears alongside one they’ve never heard before. We want to cross borders, to hear diverse voices from the U.S. and around the globe, and to bring them together, whether it’s on a panel at our annual conference or in the pages of our semi-annual magazine. And, dear readers, we want to talk to you.

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