Radical Acts of Empathy: In Conversation with Megan Mayhew Bergman

“I feel that one of my missions in life is to chip away at the idea of human exceptionalism, the idea that humans have transcended or risen above an animal nature and are in some way superior to other species.”… Read More Radical Acts of Empathy: In Conversation with Megan Mayhew Bergman

Internal Machinations of the Human Spirit: In Conversation with Venita Blackburn

Venita Blackburn, author of the short story collection Black Jesus and Other Superheroes (her 2017 debut, published as a result of her Prairie Schooner book prize for fiction) visited the UA Prose Series this September. Post-reading, Suyi Okungbowa of the Sonora Review had a chat with her. Prof. Venita Blackburn is an Assistant Professor at… Read More Internal Machinations of the Human Spirit: In Conversation with Venita Blackburn

SR 72 Contributor Interviews: Lisa Chen

What is it about the genre or cross-genre you write in that interests you/draws you in? I’m drawn to forms animated by what Viktor Shklovsky called ostranenie, or “making strange”—sometimes translated as “estrangement” or “defamiliarization.” Otherwise we are lulled to stupor and blindness by familiar narratives, gestures, humors, small talk, breakfast cereals…