Interviews 2009

Jill McDonough


Jill McDonough's poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, The New Republic, and Slate. The recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Fine Arts Work Center, Stanford’s Stegner Program and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, she has taught incarcerated college students through Boston University since 1999.  Her first book of poems is Habeas Corpus, from Salt Publishing.  Habeas Corpus, published in 2008, is fifty sonnets, each about an execution in American history.  Her research took her to university libraries and historical societies around the country, for primary sources about some of the 20,000 people who have been tried and executed here since 1608.


Eric Puchner


Eric Puchner is the author of the story collection Music Through the Floor, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.  His short stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All Story, Chicago Tribune, The Sun, The Missouri Review, and Best New American Voices. He has received a Pushcart Prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.  Scribner will publish his first novel, Model Home, in 2010.  He lives in San Francisco with his wife, novelist Katharine Noel, and their daughter.

Interview by Lee Konstantinou


Andrew Altschul

Andrew Foster Altshul is a Jones Lecturer and former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Esquire, McSweeney's, Fence, Swink, One Story, and other journals, and in anthologies including The O. Henry Prize Stories and Best New American Voices. His political commentary appears frequently on The Huffington Post. Since 2002, he has lived in San Francisco.