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Category: Non-Fiction by Non-Men

Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Hope Ewing

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on October 15, 2018.

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Hope Ewing is the author of Movers and Shakers: Women Making Waves in Spirits, Beer and Wine, published by Unnamed Press on October 9, 2018. She has worked as a grant writer, a letter writer, a story writer, a memo writer, a screenwriter, a copy writer, and a food and drink writer. Ewing received her MFA from Columbia University, where she worked as the Web Editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. She likes hard cheese, soft eggs, gamey wine, California vermouth, and agave in any form. Ewing currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Nicole Chung

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on September 10, 2018.

Nicole Chung is the author of All You Can Ever Know (available from Catapult on October 2, 2018), a memoir about her experience as a Korean adoptee raised by white parents. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, GQ,Shondaland, ELLE, Longreads, BuzzFeed, Vulture, and Hazlitt, among others. Chung is the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast. Find her on Twitter @nicole_soojung.

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.

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.

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!

Conversation with Anya Yurchyshyn at Newtonville Books

One week from tonight (actually, exactly one week from RIGHT NOW) I will be in conversation with Anya Yurchyshyn at Newtonville Books. Anya’s debut memoir My Dead Parents is phenomenal, and I am excited to chat with her about her book, her writing and research process, and what it’s like to write about family. I hope to see you there! Think of it as Non-Fiction by Non-Men Live.

 

Reading with Anya Yurchyshyn in conversation with E.B. Bartels

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:00 PM

Newtonville Books
10 Langley Rd
Newton, MA 02459

Newtonville Books welcomes Anya Yurchyshyn, author of MY DEAD PARENTS: A MEMOIR, in conversation with E.B. Bartels. All events are free and open to the public, first come, first seated, no registration required.

About MY DEAD PARENTS: Anya Yurchyshyn grew up in a narrow townhouse in Boston, every corner filled with the souvenirs of her parents’ adventurous international travels. On their trips to Egypt, Italy, and Saudi Arabia, her mother, Anita, and her father, George, lived an entirely separate life from the one they led as the parents of Anya and her sister – one that Anya never saw. The parents she knew were a brittle, manipulative alcoholic and a short-tempered disciplinarian: people she imagined had never been in love.

When she was sixteen, Anya’s father was killed in a car accident in Ukraine. At thirty-two, she became an orphan when her mother drank herself to death. As she was cleaning out her childhood home, she suddenly discovered a trove of old letters, photographs, and journals hidden in the debris of her mother’s life. These lost documents told a very different story than the one she’d believed to be true – of a forbidden romance; of a loving marriage, and the loss of a child. With these revelations in hand, Anya undertook an investigation, interviewing relatives and family friends, traveling to Wales and Ukraine, and delving deeply into her own difficult history in search of the truth, even uncovering the real circumstances of her father’s death – not an accident, perhaps, but something more sinister.

In this inspiring and unflinchingly honest debut memoir, Anya interrogates her memories of her family and examines what it means to be our parents’ children. What do we inherit, and what can we choose to leave behind? How do we escape the ghosts of someone else’s past? And can we learn to love our parents not as our parents, but simply as people? Universal and personal; heartbreaking and redemptive, My Dead Parents helps us to see why sometimes those who love us best hurt us most.

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