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KGB Interview - Elaine Equi



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Nietzsche, Clones, “A Guide to the Cinema Tarot,” oh my! Like Oz, there is something mysterious, a little frightening, and wondrous about the realm of Elaine Equi. In Click and Clone, her latest published collection, inversions of and excursions from expected physics abound on every page.
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KGB Inteview: Shane Lindemoen



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Shane Lindemoen is boldly going in the direction of great Sci-Fi authors before him.  Blessed with the talent and the work ethic to create freshly-imagined worlds, time-twisting plots, and fantastical characters that light up the page, and with an award-winning debut novel, Artifact, making sonic…
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Lorna Owen



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After reading Lorna Owen’s book Mouse Muse, you will think twice before setting out mousetraps, sprinkling poison pellets or calling the exterminator to solve your mouse problem. That squeaky creature crawling in your walls, sleeping in your closet or feasting in your pantry could actually become your muse; and you wouldn’t…
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KGB Interview: Tim Bridwell



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An argument can be made that many of the greatest works of American fiction were forged on the hot end of a harpoon, the weapon that made possible the once nation-shaping, but now extinct, whaling industry on New England’s formidable coast.  In Sophronia L. (Folded…
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KGB Interview - Marc Olmsted



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Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with poet/filmmaker Marc Olmsted (photo left). In our interview we spoke about Marc’s influences, his films, “The Count” and others, as well as filmmaker Kenneth Anger and H.P.Lovecraft. Marc frequently spoke with cohorts William S. Burroughs and Allen…
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KGB Interview:  Iris Smyles



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One of my favorite recent reads was Iris Has Free Time, by Iris Smyles. Eclectic, funny, fast-paced and also reflective, there was something on every page I liked and found memorable.  I am not alone in my excitement, as many reviewers have chimed in with…
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The Last of the Good Men: Ben H. Winters’s Last Policeman Trilogy



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It’s the end of the world and Ben H. Winters feels fine. The best-selling author has just released World of Trouble, the final book in his critically-acclaimed Last Policeman trilogy, which documents a young detective’s final days before a giant world-destroying asteroid hits Earth.  The…
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Telling Tales - David Unger



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One writer + One focus = One story An occasional look into pivotal moments in writers’ lives. Writing is, in many ways, translating. Author and translator David Unger sees the connection in that both acts require “[t]he transformation of possibly anarchic coded sources to something…
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KGB Interview:  Andrew Lewis Conn



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Andrew Lewis Conn is a lifelong Brooklyn resident and the author of the critically acclaimed novel, P (Soft Skull Press, 2003). Following a starred review in KIRKUS, P was chosen as one of the summer’s best books by Nerve, The Oregonian, Salon, and Time Out…
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KGB Interview: Burt Weissbourd



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“The art of good business is being a good middleman.” So it is said (often) in the underrated movie Layer Cake, starring Daniel Craig, in a role, dare I say, that is much cooler than his more famous turns as James Bond. I think the…
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Chris Ross: Born & Raised for greatness



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My mom says I’m a better writer than Dean Koontz.






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KGB Interview - Anne James



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It is always inspiring to meet writers who are as interested in helping others craft, publish and promote their prose or poetry as they are their own.  Anne James is such an individual, sharing her responsibility as the chief editor of an up-coming-literary journal with…
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KGB Interview: T. Zachary Cotler



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In baseball, T. Zachary Cotler would be considered a “triple threat” - a star player who can hit, run and throw with equal aplomb.  But it is on the literary diamond where Cotler makes his mark, and where he excels as a novelist, poet and…
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KGB Interview: Erik Raschke



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“Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned.”— James Baldwin Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and having spent time working and learning…
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Telling Tales: One Writer + One Focus = One Story



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My version of the ideal writing life includes: months-long stretches in a cottage on Cape Cod Bay; manuscripts completed without interruption by toilet overflows, grocery shopping, or piles of rank laundry. My real life is far from this perfect fantasy, but writers such as John…
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Body Thesaurus: Jennifer Militello Interview



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Jennifer Militello is the author of three collections of poetry: Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), Flinch of Song (Tupelo Press, 2009), winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award, and the chapbook Anchor Chain, Open Sail. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The…
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Strange Life:  Eleanor Lerman Interview



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In the literary universe, I find that poets are usually the most humble of writers, with subtle, dry wits, an admirable penchant for solitude, and a dogged dedication to their craft.  They are the long distance walkers of track, often plying their trade in relative…
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The Number of Missing: Adam Berlin Interview



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Adam Berlin is the literary equivalent of the boxer who relishes the craft, the pugilist who respects the “sweet science” to such a degree that he willingly pays his dues, is patient to wait his turn and hone his skills, until the moment comes when…
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KGB Interview: Thaddeus Rutkowski



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If James Brown was the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” author Thaddeus Rutkowski (on left), whose latest book Haywire reached No. 1 on Small Press Distribution’s fiction best-seller list, is the living version in literature. A writer’s writer, who has built up a considerable…
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Telling Tales - One Writer + One Focus = One Story



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An occasional look into pivotal moments in writers’ lives. “The spaces I have been privy to are phenomenally unusual.” Based upon my conversation with poet Nomi Stone, I agree with her assessment of her experiences. Stranger’s Notebook (Triquarterly, 2008), her first book of poetry, chronicles…
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BONNIE DITLEVSEN INTERVIEW



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KGBBAR.LIT appreciates writers who not only are devoted to their craft, but also to helping others succeed in this often isolating and difficult business.  Such is the case with Bonnie Ditlevsen, a talented author and the Editor of Penduline Press, a literary journal out of…
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FOLLOW THE JOY: JASON KURTZ INTERVIEW



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At 27, I bought a one-way ticket to India. I had no idea what I’d do when I landed, but in the past my most rewarding experiences came when I let intuition be my guide. So, I traveled without an itinerary and found myself searching…
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FRAN - MORRIS KORNBLUTH INTERVIEW



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The Borough of Brooklyn abounds with artists – painters and poets, musicians and sculptors, actors and singers.  It is a community of creativity, a place that has always embraced unique thought…along with egg crèmes.  It is in this spirit that one of Brooklyn’s own, Morris…
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Undertow: Interview with Chad Curtis Rose



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KGB is always eager to promote emerging writers with interesting new works that push the “creative envelope.” As such we are excited to point the spotlight on Chad Curtis Rose, a talented, published poet who recently finished a challenging, soul-searching memoir.  ‘Undertow’ is a harrowing…
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The Drunk Monologues - “Sobriety is overrated.”



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It is one of my great pleasures to meet and work with many talented writers.  One is Diane Spodarek (pictured here), a rocking writer who is working on an eclectic new book, The Drunk Monologues.  She took a moment to ask and answers some questions…
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Telling Tales: One Writer + One Focus = One Story



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Once upon a time, Lynne Thompson asked herself, “What is missing from my life?” The answer was poetry. Sixteen years later, she is truly a working poet. Ms. Thompson is the author of two full-length poetry collections: “Beg No Pardon,” winner of the 2007 Perugia…
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To Be Sure Of Things That Are In Fact Quite Mistaken: Ken Kalfus Interview



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Ken Kalfus’s last novel, the National Book Award-nominated A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, opens with a husband and wife on 9/11, each wondering about the other’s fate. You might have heard that story before; the difference is that here the husband and wife are…
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STILL ALIVE TO TELL THE TALE: An Interview with Don Bajema, Author of Winged Shoes and a Shield



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Last October, City Lights Books published Don Bajema’s collection of 46 stories, Winged Shoes and a Shield. These luminous, closely-connected stories follow the coming of age of Eddie Burnett, who survives his violent San-Diego-military-family childhood only by learning to land a punch as artfully as…
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The Influence of Perception: Jesse Prinz interviewed by Evdokia Sofos



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Artists create worlds, but the world we live in is also a creation.
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KGB Interview: Richard C. Morais



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Richard C. Morais, author of the international bestseller The Hundred-Foot Journey, is the Editor of Barron’s Penta in New York.  An American raised in Switzerland, he was Forbes’s European Bureau Chief in London for 18 years.  Buddhaland Brooklyn, his second novel, is being published by…
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KGB Interview: Jill Dearman



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To borrow a baseball phrase (the season is upon us, you know, and the Yankees AND the Mets are winning!) Jill Dearman is the “triple threat” of the literary world – acclaimed author, innovative editor and dynamic writing coach.  Oh, she also can see into…
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Micah Ling: The Clarity of Passion



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I’m pretty obsessive when it comes to writing projects: I tend to think about projects and what I want to accomplish with the whole thing.
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KGB Interview: Dan North



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I recently had the opportunity to connect with Dan North, a man who is a natural paragon for environmentalists, as well as being an accomplished writer and published author.  Dan’s new book, The Slow Walker, is a series of short essays capturing what he sees,…
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KGB Interview: Alexander Long



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I am always interested in the distinctive characteristics of people native to American cities, especially on the East Coast, where metropolises such as Boston and New York, only a soft drink and peanut-snack plane ride apart, may as well be in separate countries, so different…
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KGB Interview:  Douglas Light



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Douglas Light is rolling, and not just on his Triumph.  His first novel, East Fifth Bliss, a coming of age story about a man (Morris Bliss) who should have come of age years ago, has been made into an upcoming feature film starring Michael C.…
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KGB Interview:  Howard Kogan



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KGB sat down with Howard Kogan, a social worker and psychoanalyst, who is directing his energies of late on poetry and creative writing.  His new book of poems, Indian Summer, recently released by Square Circle Press, is garnering high praise.  Without charging anything for the…
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KGB Interview:  Ayala Sella



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KGB Interview:  Jackie Corley



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Jackie Corley is on a literary roll – founder of a growing online journal and out with a short story collection (The Suburban Swindle) that has been compared to Denis Johnson’s iconic Jesus’ Son.  KGB sat down with the busy writer and indie publisher to…
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7 Questions for Roy Kesey



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Everything starts with voice. I spent the first few months just following it wherever it wanted to go, trying to pre-edit as little as possible.
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85A: An Interview with Kyle Thomas Smith



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If you did not grow up just like Seamus O’Grady- the self-immersed, angry and ultimately lovable hero of Kyle Smith’s novel 85A- then you must have known someone who did. He is the kid that everybody loves, at first, to hate.  Lost somewhere deep inside…
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KGB Interview:  Kevin Clifford Burke



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“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” ~Plato While we didn’t have a chance to meet up with Plato (can’t even find him on Facebook!), KGB was able to track down a true Renaissance man, Kevin Burke, a poet, lyrical artist, and musician, to…
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Sean Ferrell Interview: Under the Umbrella



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I met Sean Ferrell (www.byseanferrell.com), author of Numb (Harper Perennial) at Old Town Bar on Eighteenth Street in Manhattan on a rainy Friday evening. It was noisy and crowded, though the crowds had not been drawn there, as I initially assumed, because two famous authors…
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7 Questions for Heidi Durrow



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New York Times bestselling author Heidi Durrow takes the time to talk with us about her novel The Girl Who Fell from the Sky.
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The View From Lazy Point - Interview with Carl Safina



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Perhaps it’s ironic.  The morning I’m to drive out to Long Island and meet with Carl Safina, one of the leading voices sounding the alarm on global warming, I’m stranded by snow.  An inspired storm the night before drops another few feet of frosting on…
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The Final Evolution - Interview with Jeff Somers



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The world is dying. With avatars replacing humans and the birth rate non-existent, the human race is almost extinct.  In the end, it comes down to…. Jeff Somers.  Actually, you’ll have to read Jeff’s new book, “The Final Evolution” (Orbit, June 2011), to find out…
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Melville House Interview



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When I spoke with Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians of Melville House Publishing at their Hoboken office on the “Left Bank” as they fondly called it, in 2007, they had just won the Mariam Bass Award for creativity in independent publishing. They had also…
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Notes from the Undercard



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by John Reed These are the notes that I took in preparation for, and during, the Brooklyn Book Festival's National Book Critics Circle Panel, which took place in the lecture hall of the Brooklyn Historical Society on September 16. The panel was part of the…
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Establishing Shot: An Interview with Steve Erickson



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Steve Erickson’s many novels read as if written for the readership of other worlds—worlds not different from ours so much as parallel, the real turned upside-down, inside-out, and yet centered, inevitably, around Los Angeles. With Zeroville, Erickson gives us his tightest establishing shot yet.


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Blue-Eyed Devil: An Interview with Michael Muhammad Knight



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by David Hunter On the surface, Blue-Eyed Devil: A Road Odyssey Through Islamic America seems like it will be a "let's get to know the neighbors" punk-rock companion piece to Paul Barrett's American Islam.  If that doesn't quite describe it, it's because author Michael Muhammad…
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Ken Foster: From Literary Impressario to Pit Bull Advocate



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Not a Sunday night goes by when I don't think of Ken Foster. As I stand behind the duct-taped podium wedged in the corner of the KGB Bar, just as I am about to introduce the authors, I think: Would he approve of my selection?…
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