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Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Morgan Jerkins

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on August 13, 2018.

 

Morgan Jerkins is the author of the New York Times bestselling essay collection, This Will Be My UndoingShe graduated from Princeton University with an AB in Comparative Literature, specializing in nineteenth-century Russian literature and postwar modern Japanese literature, and she has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York TimesThe AtlanticELLE, Lenny Letter, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, and BuzzFeed, among many othersHer next two projects, Why We Get Out and Caul Baby are forthcoming from Harper Books. Jerkins is based in New York City.

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Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Diamond J. Sharp

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on July 16, 2018.

Diamond J. Sharp is a poet and essayist from Chicago. She has performed at Chicago’s Stage 773 and her work has been featured on Chicago Public Radio. She has been published in the New York Times MagazineVicePitchforkLennyPANK, The Offing, Fjords, Winter TangerineJoINT Literary, Wellesley Review, Beltway Poetry QuarterlyBLACKBERRY and othersSharp has been an editorial fellow at The Root, a features editor at Rookie, and a staff writer for Laundry Service. Her essay “Friends for Life” and her interview with Margo Jefferson were recently featured in Tavi Gevinson’s anthology Rookie on Love. A Callaloo fellow, Sharp has also attended the Wright/Hurston workshop, and is a member of the inaugural Poetry Foundation Incubator class. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute. Sharp lives in Brooklyn.

“I Talked to 39 Women Who Write Nonfiction, and Here’s What I’ve Learned” on Electric Lit!

For the full piece, see it on Electric Literature.
Published on July 5, 2018.

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I am so excited to have this piece up on Electric Literature today! In my three years interviewing writers for my Non-Fiction by Non-Men series on Fiction Advocate, I have learned many helpful things from these badass women, and I hope you all will, too.

Interview with Melissa Broder on Full Stop

For the full interview, see it on Full Stop.
Published on June 26, 2018.


In a wild turn of events, I spoke with Melissa Broder about what it’s like to write (gasp!) fiction. We discussed her new novel, The Pisces, Siri as a writing tool, the greatness of dogs, plus Melissa reveals her top five favorite mythological creatures. The interview is up today on Full Stop. Enjoy!

Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Meghan Flaherty

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on June 20, 2018.

Meghan Flaherty is the author of Tango Lessonsa personal history of Argentine tango, that was published in June 2018 by Houghton Mifflin HarcourtFlaherty received her MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts in literary nonfiction. Her essays and translations have appeared in Psychology Today and The Iowa Review, and online at CatapultThe New York Times, The Rumpus, Asymptote, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband, baby, and rescue mastiff in northern California, and enjoys purchasing vegetables in Romance languages around the world. 

 

 

Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Anne Fadiman

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on May 7, 2018.

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Anne Fadiman is an author, essayist, journalist, editor, and teacher. She is the author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down; Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader; At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays; and, most recently, The Wine Lover’s Daughter, a memoir about her father, the writer Clifton FadimanShe is the editor of The Best American Essays 2003 and Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love, and for seven years was the editor of The American Scholar. Currently, Fadiman is the inaugural Francis Writer-in-Residence at Yale, where she teaches in the English department and serves as a mentor to students considering careers in writing or editing.

P.S. This interview features some very special vintage correspondence between thirteen-year-old E.B. and Anne Fadiman.

Happy birthday, Non-Fiction by Non-Men!

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Three years ago today, on April 28, 2015, Brian Hurley published my very first Non-Fiction by Non-Men interview with Patricia O’Toole. I can’t believe that it has been three years, and so I wanted to take a moment to pause and thank some people who have made this whole Non-Fiction by Non-Men thing possible.

Thank you, Patty, for your willingness to be the first interviewee in the series. You started it all three years ago. Thank you!

Thank you, Brian, for giving me a platform to publish Non-Fiction by Non-Men (I love being part of Fiction Advocate!), for your careful, helpful, and perfect edits, for always sending me suggestions for future interviewees, and for being the column’s number one champion. Non-Fiction by Non-Men exists because of you!

Thank you to everyone who has read my interviews over the past three years, especially those of you who have taken the time to read every single one (hi, Mom and Dad).

And, of course, thank you to every writer who has let me interview her. Non-Fiction by Non-Men would not exist without the generosity of your time and the care and thoughtfulness you take in answering my questions. It has been my greatest pleasure getting to speak with each of you about writing (and reading and teaching and journaling and studying Russian and going to therapy and drinking beer and having pets and whatever else has come up over the course of our conversations), and I have learned so much from each and every one of you. Thank you again for your time and for being supportive of your fellow writers, especially the new ones who are just starting out, like me. Thank you.

As of this month, I have published thirty-seven interviews on Fiction Advocate (for a complete list, go here) and I have no intention of stopping any time soon. Just wait and see who I have lined up for this spring and summer.

Happy birthday, Non-Fiction by Non-Men!

Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Anya Yurchyshyn

 

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on April 9, 2018.

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Anya Yurchyshyn is the author of My Dead Parents: A Memoir, published by Crown in March 2018. Yurchyshyn received her MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University, and her work has appeared in Esquire, Oprah MagazineN+1BuzzfeedTwo Serious Ladies, Mod Art, GuernicaElimaeand NOONYurchyshyn’s story “The Director” was included in Best Small Fictions of 2015She lives in New York and teaches at Columbia.

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7pm, Anya Yurchyshyn and E.B. Bartels will be in conversation in an event at Newtonville Books in Newton, MA. If you are in the Boston area, come see Non-Fiction by Non-Men in real life!

Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Ali Barthwell

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on March 19, 2018.

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Ali Barthwell is a writer, comedian, teacher, Chicagoland native, and an alumna of Wellesley College. She was a recipient of the Puma/LOL Second City Diversity Scholarships in 2010. Barthwell also participated in The Bob Curry Fellowship at The Second City, and she was a member of The Second City touring company from February 2015 to August 2016. Barthwell is an instructor at The Second City, and she performs with the improv group Sweet Tease. She writes recaps for Vulture, and her other written work can be seen in New York Magazinethe Chicago Tribune, The A.V. Club, and Second City Network. Ali is a former staff writer at Cards Against Humanity. She tweets about lipstick and Black Panther at @wtflanksteak.

Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Edwidge Danticat

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on February 14, 2018.
(Happy Valentine’s Day!)

Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, The Dew Breaker, Create Dangerously, and Claire of the Sea Light. She is also the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, Best American Essays 2011, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2. She has written six books for children and young adults—Anacaona, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama’s Nightingale, Untwineas well as a travel narrative, After the Dance. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She is a 2009 MacArthur fellow. Her most recent book, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Storywas published by Graywolf Press in July 2017.

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