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Category: Interviews

, | By Kaila Young

[ January 28, 2016 ]

Christopher DeWeese Interview Part I: To You Who Are Reading This Poem in the Future

This is the first of a two-part interview with the poet Christopher DeWeese; read part two here. Something brilliant happens when a poet tangles with philosophy; he plunges into questions he knows are unanswerable, with a hypersensitive awareness of perspective. I have been lucky enough to witness this entanglement twice recently. The first time was while reading the …

, | By Keigan Wersler

[ November 30, 2015 ]

Fiction Doesn’t Need a Platform: Talking with the Novelist Justina Ireland

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, I met novelist Justina Ireland at lunch with the Story staff and several York College of Pennsylvania students. She was visiting as part of the college’s cultural series of lectures and readings, and she had agreed to do an interview with me after lunch for the Story website. When we arrived at the …

| By Jen Junggust

[ July 10, 2015 ]

Making Others Feel Less Alone: An Interview With Kastalia Medrano

When I was a child, there was a monster under my bed. It was there when I was born, and when I was old enough to move from my mom’s bedroom to my own it moved in with me. I thought sometimes that together we took up too much room, but neither of us wanted …

[ March 18, 2015 ]

Writing Is a Basic Moral Function: An Interview with Steve Almond

On his Othrppl podcast, Brad Listi calls Steve Almond, “a really good priest.” Although it’s hard to picture Almond’s lanky frame in a vestment, his long neck in a starched white clerical collar, there are a few humans who call him father. Steve is forty-eight, a father of three, with twelve books under his belt …

| By Jim Shepard & Travis Kurowski

[ December 5, 2014 ]

I Stumble Into Everything – An Interview with Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard’s was the first story I ever read in a literary magazine; it was “Climb Aboard the Mighty Flea,” in a 2002 issue of The Paris Review. I found it in college while wandering around in the library between classes. The story is about a group of lunatic German Messerschmitt 163 test pilots during WWII. It begins: I am Oberleutnant …

| By Tracy Chopek

[ May 6, 2014 ]

Of Food and Fame: Talking with James Hannaham (Part Two)

Last week in Part One of our interview with James Hannaham, we reflected on “High Five,” his work that was recently published in Story. He discussed his inspiration for the piece as well as his ideas of fame and his work following the tragedy of 9/11. This week, we conclude the interview, discussing Hannaham’s new, upcoming …

| By Tracy Chopek

[ April 28, 2014 ]

Of Food and Fame: Talking with James Hannaham (Part One)

Later you would call it an accident, when the guests found you in the kitchen bleeding into the duck confit. When that didn’t work, you blamed me, just to save your own skin. Yet we know the truth, don’t we? And when we hear your confession, my name will be cleared once and for all, …

| By Mary Miller

[ February 24, 2014 ]

Telling the Stories We Want to Read

I was first introduced to Mary Miller and her work in a circuitous way. Upon joining the magazine and learning the ropes, I was asked to check out her story in issue #1 and see if I would like to do an interview with her. I was also given her debut novel Last Days of …