Reviews & Interviews

Select Reviews

-“No Going Back: A Review of Brit Bennett’s ‘The Vanishing Half‘” in the Adroit Journal, August 23, 2020

-“Imagined Genres in ‘All My Mother’s Lovers‘” in Chicago Review of Books, May 29, 2020

-“Mining the American Mythos in ‘How Much of These Hills is Gold‘” in Chicago Review of Books, April 16, 2020.

-“The Cruelty of Busyness” in Chicago Review of Books, April 3, 2020.

-“Hungry for Change” in Chicago Review of Books, November 27, 2019

-“Writing Can Never be Entirely True” in Chicago Review of Books, October 10, 2019

-“Being Wrong is a Lifetime Occupation” in Chicago Review of Books, September 27, 2019

-“‘On Earth,’ Poets Can Write Masterful Novels” in Chicago Review of Books, June 17, 2019

-“‘The Carrying’ is Ada Limon’s Most Personal Poetry Yet” in Chicago Review of Books, August 16, 2018

-“‘A Lucky Man’ is a Grand Cathedral of Short Fiction” in Chicago Review of Books, May 7, 2018

-“‘Home Fire’ Brings Sophocles into the Islamophobic Present” in Chicago Review of Books, August 16, 2017

-“The Eternal Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks” in Chicago Review of Books, June 22, 2017

-“Removing the Veil of Celebrity in Amelia Gray’s Isadora” in Kenyon Review online, October 27, 2017

-“Cold Pastoral by Rebecca Dunham” in Colorado Review, June 15, 2017

-“Book Review: Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett” in The Masters Review, April 27, 2017

-“When the World Wounds by Kiini Ibura Salaam” reviewed in Necessary Fiction, January 9, 2017

-“The Poems of ‘Tula’ Mesmerize Through Contradiction” in Chicago Review of Books, December 23, 2016

-“Recommended Reading 2016” in Necessary Fiction, December 22, 2016

-“The Loved Ones by Sonya Chung” reviewed in Necessary Fiction, November 28, 2016

-“Review: Redefining Home in Allegra Hyde’s Of This New World” in The Adroit Journal, October 23, 2016

-“Cuba is Both Near and Far in Derek Polacio’s ‘The Mortifications‘” in Chicago Review of Books, October 7, 2016

Select Interviews

-“An Interview with Rumaan Alam” in Electric Literature, forthcoming

-“Work Life: An Interview with Jenny Bhatt” in the Southeast Review, forthcoming

-“The Thrill of Justice in ‘Winter Counts‘” in Chicago Review of Books, August 25, 2020

-“Small Wonders: An Interview with Aimee Nezhukumatathil” in TriQuarterly, August 19, 2020

-“An Interview with Nate Marshall” in the Southeast Review, August 17, 2020

-“Five Questions: An Interview with Matthew Salesses” in TriQuarterly, July 29, 2020

-“An Interview with Megan Giddings” in the Southeast Review, April 20, 2020

-“Inside the Mind of an Executioner,” in the Southern Review of Books, February 24, 2020

-“Finding Florida: An Interview with Kristen Arnett” in The Southeast Review, October 7, 2019 (and in print in SER 37.2)

-“An Interview with De’Shawn Charles Winslow” in The Southeast Review, June 10, 2019

-“Writing About the Beauty and Violence in Kashmir” in Chicago Review of Books, March 6, 2019

-“Editors Round Table: Submission Strategies” in The Southeast Reviews, December 17, 2018

-“Tracing a Lineage of Violence: Talking with D.M. Aderibigbe” in The Rumpus, December 12, 2018

-“The Complicit Audience: An Interview with Dana Diehl” in The Southeast Review, October 22, 2018

-“R.O. Kwon Doesn’t Trust Garamond, And Neither Should You” in Chicago Review of Books, July 31, 2018

-“Poetry as Creative Freedom: An Interview with Dustin Pearson” in Chicago Review of Books, May 24, 2018

-“There are More Than Six Ways to Tell a Story: An Interview with Matthew Baker” in Chicago Review of Books, April 4, 2018

-“What Permissions Do Poets have to Tell Someone Else’s Story?: An Interview with Devin Kelly” in Chicago Review of Books, January 12, 2018

-“A conversation with Michelle Ross” in The Adroit Journal 23, October 24, 2017

-“Death By Scarf (And Other Tragedies): An Interview with Amelia Gray” in Chicago Review of Books, May 23, 2017

-“An Interview with Sonya Chung” in TriQuarterly, March 14, 2017

-“Ottessa Moshfegh on ‘Homesick,’ Free Will and Morality” in Chicago Review of Books, January 19, 2017