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Welcome to another installment of If My Book, the Monkeybicycle feature in which authors shed light on their recently released books by comparing them to weird things. This week Travis Mulhauser writes about his debut novel, Sweetgirl, just published by Ecco/Harper Collins.

Edward J. Rathke: Tell me about the process of getting Green Lights to publication. I know you wrote the initial draft several years ago and then basically rewrote it and cut out a lot of content a few months before publication. How has it changed, from first version to the version we see now?

One successful author once called Master of Fine Arts programs silly things, adding that finding one’s voice was a simple as looking inside one’s throat. This author had not pursued an MFA, possibly due to his preexisting knowledge of the human anatomy.

I first met Lauren Groff several years ago during her residency at Ragdale in Lake Forest, Illinois. She was still enjoying the praise for her debut novel, The Monsters of Templeton, had just released her short story collection,

Okla Elliott is currently an Illinois Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois, where he works in the fields of comparative literature and trauma studies. He also holds an MFA from Ohio State University.

Interview by Edward J. Rathke Edward J. Rathke: The Next Monsters is a visceral and sometimes gruesome collection. What is the relationship between violence and poetry? Julie Doxsee: The day I originally read this question from you I did a reading of The Next Monsters with the word “gruesome” in mind. I claimed to my […]

Gabriel Blackwell is the author of The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men: The Last Letter of H. P. Lovecraft (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2013), Critique of Pure Reason (Noemi, 2013), and Shadow Man: A Biography of

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is sometimes ignored on maps. And it’s often ignored in the literary world. But things are changing. Some powerhouse authors are emerging with strong links to the area—writers such as Catie Rosemurgy

Reading Rebecca Meacham’s work is not unlike opening a cabinet of curiosities and falling into each object’s rare and unique past, a time capsule for the strange. However, as the title suggests, these curiosities are strictly

Debut novelist Justin Torres writes emotional truths, with all of the heat and hurt that they entail. Interview by Christine Orchanian Adler Long before he’d ever heard of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop or literary agents, before considering he could make a career out of writing, Justin Torres had written most of his first novel. “Nobody […]