Interview

An Interview with Peter Kispert, by Meredith Talusan

I remember talking to a couple of new high school friends over lunch, my first month in America, about how a couple of other kids in my typing class were really impressed I was in honors chemistry as a sophomore; my precociousness was the only cachet I possessed back when I didn’t know it wasn’t something to flaunt. That was when this guy I’d only exchanged a few sentences with, thin with stringy blond hair covering part of one eye, who had never before struck me as mean or a bully, came over from the next table and said, “I sit next to you in that class. No one ever talks to you.” I couldn’t object, and starting the next day, those new friends found other people to sit with.

Getting caught in a lie is terrifying and shameful, yet so many of us do it anyway because lying is also exhilarating. It lets you dream up a self that doesn’t exist, one that you hope might in the future. That incident and others where I’ve been caught lying have stuck with me to this day, yet its implications are so cringeworthy that I’ve avoid thinking, let alone writing about them. Leave it to Peter Kispert to spend an entire story collection, I Know You Know Who I Am, getting to the heart of the human desire to lie, especially for queer people who out of necessity almost always need to withhold truth. Reading the book, I spent too many moments on the verge of running from the room out of sympathetic embarrassment, yet consistently returning to find myself gaining a keener understanding and even rooting for Kispert’s characters. Maybe it’s because at heart, we are all underdogs in some ways, and who can blame us for wanting to present ourselves as just a little bit better than we are?

Peter and I spent a few weeks corresponding about his book, which was a pleasant break from the harsh and painfully objective truth of our current pandemic.

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Interview

SLICE + VICE: LITERARY AGENT NOAH BALLARD

by Marae Hart 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 Curtis Brown… read more…

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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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