Angie Abdou on Research for Fiction Writers — 017

Angie Abdou discusses the research process for fiction writing. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, interviews writers, screenwriters, musicians, […]

The Second Sex (Michael Robbins)

Michael Robbins’s The Second Sex, like his previous collection, Alien vs. Predator, seems to have grown out of a compost heap in which popular culture and the poetic tradition have been tossed aside to rot. Robbins’s style combines a dense, Simpsons-like pace of allusions with extreme formal rigour and a casual, almost careless attitude. Robbins […]

Designated Mourner (Catherine Owen)

Reading Catherine Owen’s Designated Mourner is uncomfortable and feels wrong. Elegies for a deceased spouse, Owen’s poems are discomforting in the truest sense. This raw, exposed emotion is doubly impressive due to the actual polish of the poems on the craft level. Owen oscillates between simple, stark expressiveness (“We were so perfect / at the […]

David Annandale on Writing Tie-In Fiction — 011

David Annandale, author of a million WARHAMMER 40,000 novels, discusses writing tie-in fiction. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, […]

Mockingbird (Derek Webster)

Derek Webster’s Mockingbird examines a death of another sort, with many of the poems tracing the aftermath of a failed marriage. Even vaguer poems, that don’t seem to address this issue, feel loaded against its backdrop: “Libraries burn. / What we thought would last is gone.” However, the best poems call up other poets — […]