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Author Archives: Nick Arvin

George Saunders on Performance Art and Stories

by Nick Arvin Maybe you’ve wondered to yourself, What is the relationship between George Saunders’s collection of stories, Tenth of December, and performance art? Funny you should ask! On Saturday, I spoke … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Lit Matters: Mushrooms and the Gates of Hell

by Nick Arvin 1. We are forsaken like children lost in the woods. When you stand before me and look at me, what do you know of my sufferings, and … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 8 Comments

Introducing George Saunders

by Nick Arvin Many, many thanks to everyone who came out for our Inside the Writer’s Studio reading and interview yesterday with George Saunders. We had a full house and a wonderful time. … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Few Notes from Workshop with Marilynne Robinson, 2001

by Nick Arvin I had the fortune of taking Marilynne Robinson’s fiction workshop at the Iowa Writers Workshop in 2001. Recently, I’ve been working on a few words to say … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · 8 Comments

Imagistic Interview: Susanna Daniel and Sea Creatures

by Nick Arvin Sea Creatures is Susanna Daniel’s second novel, and it has been called “a gorgeous story that spans the full experiential spectrum of romantic and parental love, artistic impulse, betrayal, sacrifice, … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Tribute to Cort McMeel

by Nick Arvin Below is the text of my remarks about Cort McMeel, delivered at the Lighthouse’s memorial tribute to Jake Adam York and Cort McMeel, which was held last … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · 6 Comments

Gender Bias in Publishing: A Primer for the Lit Fest Salon

Myself, authors Amanda Rea, Jenny Shank, and author/editor Michael Nye will be talking about what seems to be the hot literary topic of the moment on June 19, 8:00 p.m., at the Salon: … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

Imagistic Interview: Laird Hunt and Kind One

Kind One, Laird Hunt’s most recent novel, has received gaudy reviews from many quarters (e.g., “Profoundly imaginative, strikingly original, deeply moving.” –Kirkus, starred review; “Laird Hunt’s Kind One is a mesmerizing novel of sin and expiation … Continue reading

June 4, 2013 · 5 Comments

Imagistic Interview: Antoine Wilson and Panorama City

by Nick Arvin Antoine Wilson’s recent novel Panorama City earned terrific reviews from the New York Times (“A bracingly humane story whose narrator’s wisdom and forbearance make you see the … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · 6 Comments

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