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Blog | March 15, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Excellent essays, #AmtrackResidency Fine Print + More:

Greetings, Rioting friends! How are you on this fine Spring day? (If you day is not particularly fine, let us use some magical thinking and maybe tomorrow will be.)

First up we have several Word Riot author news/updates, so let’s get to it:

Jade Sylvan — whose poems “Redlight,” “A-Train,” and “Drunk Driving” have previously appeared here — has a book out with Write Bloody, Kissing Oscar Wilde. You can order it here.

Richard Kostelanetz, whom David Hoenigman interviewed here in 2009, recently had an exhibition in Milan dedicated to his work, a “bookstore” of sorts:

MORE WORDSHIP will host and sell all of

Blog | August 17, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Happy Saturday Edition

Greetings, Word Rioters! Happy Saturday! How’s the tail-end of summer treating you? Are you productive, or are you like me and behind on everything? No matter, let’s just read some good stuff together.

First up, we have news from former WR contributor Jess C. Scott: She has a new novella out, Jack in the Box. Her short story, “Porcelain,” previously appeared on this site, and David Hoenigman interviewed her here in August 2011.

Now here’s one of the best things I’ve read all week: At terribleminds, Delilah S. Dawson presents 25 Steps to Being a Traditionally Published Author: Lazy Bastard Edition.

Interviews | February 15, 2013

An Interview With Nico Vassilakis by David Hoenigman

Nico Vassilakis works with both textual and visual alphabet. Recent books include Staring @ Poetics (Xexoxial Editions, 2011), West of Dodge (redfoxpress, 2010), Protracted Type (Blue Lion Books, 2009), staReduction (Book Thug, 2008), and Text Loses Time (Many Penny Press, 2007). His

Interviews | December 16, 2012

An Interview With Kevin Keating by David Hoenigman

David Hoenigman: Here we are, less than a month away from the release date for your first full-length book, The Natural Order of Things, a novel comprised of 15 interconnected stories about the lives of several students, teachers, priests and the staff at a Jesuit prep school in an industrial city in decline. How would you describe the path that led to its release? What were some of the challenges you encountered while writing and preparing it for publication?

Kevin Keating: Creating a longer work of fiction poses unique challenges for every writer, and with The Natural Order of Things

Interviews | May 15, 2012

An Interview With Matthew Revert by David Hoenigman

Matthew Revert is an author of disturbing nonsense. His writing explores the absurdity of everyday life and the hopelessness of being human. Themes of sexual failure, body horror, destructive relationships and gender identity often play a roll in his work. This is intermingled with a thread of dark tragicomedy. He’s basically a filth-monger with heart.

His first book, A Million Versions of Right, was released in 2009 by LegumeMan and earned a Wonderland Book award nomination. It has garnered a strong following amongst the mustard set and has received praise for its width. In 2010, stories from A Million Versions

Interviews | April 15, 2012

An Interview With Halvor Aakhus by David Hoenigman

Halvor Aakhus

Halvor Aakhus was born and raised in southern Indiana, on the Ohio River. There, he practiced the piano until 1999, when he went to the Jacobs School to study composition but soon abandoned music for various kitchen jobs and graveyard shifts at gas stations.

The first decade of the new millennium is a blur. Despite himself, Aakhus earned a B.A. in Mathematics (2006) and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida (2011). Aakhus’ debut novel Book of Knut: A Novel by Knut Knudson has been turned into a math textbook. It contains musical scores and

Interviews | March 15, 2012

An Interview With Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire by David Hoenigman

Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire has been writing Lovecraftian horror fiction since the early 1970s, beginning when he served as a Mormon missionary in Ulster. His work has been highly influenced by the Golden Age of Weird Tales and by those authors that August Derleth published with Arkham House. Yet this old-time traditional writing has been tainted by Pugmire’s lifestyle as queer punk rocker, resulting in a curious blend of the past and modern culture. His goal as an author is to be Lovecraftian-up-ye-arse. His books for 2012 include Uncommon Places, The Strange Dark One–Tales Of Nyarlathotep, and Encounters With Enoch Coffin.

Interviews | February 15, 2012

An Interview With Ethel Rohan by David Hoenigman

Ethel Rohan

Ethel Rohan is the author of Hard to Say, PANK, 2011. Hard to Say won PANK’s 2010 Little Books Contest and is currently available in print and on Kindle.Hard to Say wants YOU! Visit Ethel at

How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?

My upbringing sometimes felt like riding a naked wild horse, with only its harsh mane to hold onto. I’d get so afraid on those gallops I’d let go of the horse and hit the ground hard. I can still sometimes hear the clop of my childhood and feel the build of hooves till

Interviews | January 17, 2012

An Interview With D.N.Stuefloten by David Hoenigman

What’s your view of literature today?

Literature is dead, of course. It has been imprisoned by the universities, gutted and filleted by the Good Gray Ladies of Art, and walled off by the bottom line mentality of the publishing houses. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but all the great, quirky authors of the last century are either dead or dying. Marguerite Duras, Camilo Jose Cela, Robbe-Grillet have all passed recently. Has anyone risen to take their place? Is there another blind librarian in some South American town ready to continue the tradition of Jorge Luis Borges? Marquez survives, last

Interviews | December 17, 2011

An Interview With Nicola Masciandaro by David Hoenigman

Nicola Masciandaro

Nicola Masciandaro is Associate Professor of English at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and a specialist in medieval literature. Recent publications include: “Decapitating Cinema” (And They Were Two In One And One In Two, co-edited with Eugene Thacker), “Metal Studies and the Scission of the Word” (Journal of Cultural Research), “Unknowing Animals” (Speculations), “Non potest hoc corpus decollari: Beheading and the Impossible” (Heads Will Roll: Decapitation in Medieval Literature and Culture), “Exploding Plasticity” (French Theory Today: And Introduction to Possible Futures), and “Getting Anagogic” (Rhizomes). He is the editor of the journal Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary, co-director

Interviews | November 15, 2011

An Interview With Christopher Grimes by David Hoenigman

Christopher Grimes

CHRISTOPHER GRIMES is the author of Public Works: Short Fiction and a Novella (FC2, 2005) and The Pornographers (Jaded Ibis Press, 2011). His award-winning short fiction has appeared in Western Humanities Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Reed, Cream City Review, First Intensity, Knock, and elsewhere. He teaches literature and fiction writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. What projects are you currently working on?

I never talk about a project that I’m currently working on. This isn’t a superstition or anything like that. For me, talking about a work-in-progress siphons away some of the pressure that’s forcing it

Interviews | October 15, 2011

An Interview with Kirk Marshall by David Hoenigman

Kirk Marshall is the Brisbane-born, Melbourne-based author of The Signatory (2012; Skylight Press); Carnivalesque, And: Other Stories (2011; Black Rider Press); and A Solution to Economic Depression in Little Tokyo, 1953. He has written for more than sixty publications, both in Australia and overseas, including Award Winning Australian Writing, Wet Ink, Going Down Swinging, Voiceworks, Verandah, Visible Ink, fourW, Mascara Literary Review, Word Riot, 3:AM Magazine, (Short) Fiction Collective, The Seahorse Rodeo Folk Review, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology and Kizuna: Fiction for Japan (Japan). He edits Red Leaves, the English-language / Japanese bi-lingual literary journal.

What projects are you

Interviews | August 15, 2011

An Interview With Jess C. Scott by David Hoenigman

Jess C. Scott

Jess C. Scott is an independent author/artist/non-conformist. She writes edgy/contemporary fiction, with a focus on psychosexual themes (not porn) and love/emotions (not fluffy romance). Her literary work has appeared in a diverse range of publications such as Word Riot, ITCH Magazine, and The Battered Suitcase. Some of her taboo-themed stories were banned by Amazon in December 2010, which prompted her to set up (her indie publishing platform/company).

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on the last story for a non-pornographic BDSM-themed anthology. I have a couple of projects to get to after

Interviews | July 15, 2011

An Interview With Joseph Ridgwell by David Hoenigman

Raised in the East End of London, Joseph Ridgwell (the writer) has lived in Cuba, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Belize and Thailand -and- has lived in a shack, a boat, a bar, a brothel, bedsits, and with strangers from all over the world. At nineteen, he was stabbed in a bar brawl and, cheating death, decided to leave the UK, travel the world, and teach himself how to write. He has published novels, poetry, and short fiction from the U.K to New Zealand. His most recent work is the novella Indonesia, available from Kilmog Press.

What projects are you

Interviews | June 15, 2011

An Interview With Peter Grandbois by David Hoenigman

Peter Grandbois

Peter Grandbois is the Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” and Borders’ “Original Voices” author of The Gravedigger, The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir, and Nahoonkara. He teaches at Denison University in Ohio and can be reached at

What projects are you currently working on?

I find that I work best when I have multiple projects at various stages of development. The reason is simple. Having things to work on drives away the terror and despair that seem so much a part of the writing life to me. And working on a new project you are