Jessica (J.L.) Powers is the author of the recently released coming-of-age story set in South Africa, This Thing Called the Future (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011) and The Confessional (Knopf, 2007). She is the editor of The Fertile Source (http://www.fertilesource.com) and The Pirate Tree (http://www.thepiratetree.com) and runs a small press, Catalyst Book Press (http://www.catalystbookpress.com). Natasha Stagg:
Russell Scott Valentino is an editor, translator, and scholar based in Iowa City, Iowa. He has published eight books and numerous essays and short translations of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from Italian, Croatian, and Russian. He is the publisher of Autumn Hill Books and Editor-in-chief of The Iowa Review. He teaches in the University of Iowa’s Translation Workshop.
Of course, no one can answer, “What inspires you to write?” It depends on the thing one is writing. So, what conditions create the writing of today? In my mind, these conditions used to be much more of a drag. No one wants to write about heartbreak anymore because it’s been done to death, so
Beth Staples received her MFA in fiction from Arizona State University in 2007, and joined the Piper Center for Creative Writing staff as Managing Editor after graduation. She runs the Center’s three publications–Hayden’s Ferry Review, Marginalia and Word of Mouth-and its internship program. She also teaches fiction writing at ASU and Mesa Community College. Her
Mary Scherpe and Benjamin Richter founded the blog Stil in Berlin in March 2006, and though they thought it was a late bloomer in terms of streetstyle blogging, being inspired by, e.g. terrific Hel-Looks, it turned out Stil in Berlin was one of the early birds and is named by various international bloggers as their main