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Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on February 6, 2017.


Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the founder of MuslimGirl.com, an online magazine and community for Muslim women. Her memoir, Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age, was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2016 and was listed as a New York Times Editor’s Pick. Al-Khatahtbeh’s work has appeared in New York Magazine, Time, and Teen Vogue, among others. You can follow her on Twitter at @xoamani. Al-Khatahtbeh is based in New York.

Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Eula Biss

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on January 16, 2017.


Eula Biss is the author of On Immunity: An Inoculation, which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review, and Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 2010 and was the winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Biss’s first book, The Balloonists, was published by Hanging Loose Press in 2002. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers’ Award. Her essays have appeared in The Believer, Harper’s, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. Biss holds a B.A. in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. She teaches at Northwestern University and lives with her family in Evanston, Illinois.

Haiku for a Dog I Don’t Know, Peru Edition

Plaza San Francisco, Cusco

Will I get fleas from
petting you? I do not know––
but it is worth it.

Excellent #dogstalking in Cusco.

Excellent #dogstalking in Cusco.


La Esquina Cafe-Bakery, Ollantaytambo

New friend, café dog,
dines with and then escorts us
to the train station.

Her name was Violeta.

Her name was Violeta.


Citadel, Machu Picchu

Friendly pack of pups
welcome us to the Incas’
most famous city.

Photo by Janna Herman.

Photo by Janna Herman.

Happy New Year! Read more books!

Is your New Year’s resolution to read more books? Are you currently trapped inside due to a blizzard and looking for something good to curl up with?

Check out this great list of recommendations (that I was asked to contribute to! I’m so flattered!) on Fiction Advocate:

“The Best Books to Distract You From the Dumpster Fire That Was 2016”


Happy 2017! Happy reading!

Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Melissa Broder

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on December 12, 2016.


Melissa Broder is a poet, essayist, and the writer behind the Twitter account @sosadtoday. She has written an essay collection of the same name, So Sad Today (Grand Central, 2016), and four books of poetry: Last Sext (Tin House, 2016), Scarecrone (Publishing Genius Press, 2014), Meat Heart (Publishing Genius Press, 2012), and When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother (Ampersand Books, 2010). Her first novel, The Pisces, will be published by Hogarth/Crown in 2018. You can read a selection of her poetry here. Broder received her BA from Tufts University and her MFA from City College of New York. By day, she is Director of Media and Special Projects at NewHive. She lives in Venice, California.



You are loved. You are not alone.

Haiku for a Dog I Don’t Know, Part 23

Elm Street + Tenney Street

Two humans talking
when the small dog sneezes. Man
stops to say: “Bless you.”

Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Elizabeth Greenwood

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on November 14, 2016.


Elizabeth Greenwood is the author of Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she teaches creative nonfiction. Greenwood grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Non-Fiction by Non-Men: Suki Kim

For the full interview, see it on Fiction Advocate.
Published on October 19, 2016.


Suki Kim is an investigative journalist, novelist, and the only writer ever to live undercover in North Korea. In 2011, Kim Jong Il’s final year, Kim spent six months posing as a Christian missionary and an English teacher in Pyongyang, documenting the psychology of the future leaders of North Korea, which resulted in her New York Times bestselling work of literary nonfiction,Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite. Kim has also written for the New York Times, New York Review of Books, Harper’s, and The New Republic, where she is a contributing editor. Her first novel, The Interpreter, was a finalist for a PEN Hemingway Prize. Born and raised in Seoul, Kim lives in New York.

Writers You Should Know: Kea Krause


Kea Krause is a brilliantly talented writer, a genius editor, and definitely one of the best people I know. Her writing is smart and poetic in every subject she takes on––from Great White Sharks to family alcoholism.

I feel so lucky to know her as both a writer and as a friend, and today I am super excited to brag on her behalf: Kea’s essay “What’s Left Behind”––about the largest contaminated body of water in the United States, a flooded copper mine in Butte, Montana––was published in The Believer last fall (read an excerpt here). Her essay was subsequently picked up by the Best American series, and today is the big day––the Best American series 2016 is out now on your favorite local bookstore’s bookshelves!

So go out and buy The Best American Science Writing 2016 right now and read Kea’s essay! Oh, I’m sorry, you’re not really into science writing? That’s okay, because Kea’s essay is also featured in The Best American Travel Writing 2016. No big deal.


Here is Kea in The Best American Science Writing 2016…


… and here she is in The Best American Travel Writing 2016!

Congratulations, Kea! So proud of you!


Together hiking the Appalachian Trail from April to October, 2015!

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