Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado’s writing considers the individual. Within her words the reader finds new questions—and answers are found sprinkled throughout the text, sometimes in the most unexpected places. Recipient of the National Book Critic Circle Award’s John Leonard Prize for debut fiction, Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf), is a story collection rich in femininity, […]

Edmund Gordon

“Writers continue to be invented and reinvented by their readers, long after their own last words on the matter,” Edmund Gordon writes in his meticulously researched literary biography of the extraordinary English novelist, short story writer and journalist Angela Carter, who died from lung cancer in 1992. An earth mother with “hurricane hair,” a “white witch” known […]

Layli Long Soldier

Layli Long Soldier’s debut collection of poetry, Whereas (Graywolf) was written in part as a reaction to the 2010 Congressional Apology to Native Peoples of the United States, which is a resolution located deep within a document called the Defense Appropriations Act. President Barrack Obama signed the apology without announcing its existence to Native people or […]

The New School’s Luke Hodina interviews 2018 NBCC Non-Fiction Award Finalist Frances FitzGerald about her book The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America For the past four years, the National Book Critics Circle has partnered with The New School’s MFA Creative Writing program, allowing the students to interview each of the NBCC Awards Finalists. In addition to building excitement […]

Name: Sara McDonald Age: 26 Neighborhood: Kensington Most Likely To: Get sick to my stomach during something important, but in high school I was voted most likely to host my own talk show. Favorite Quote: “Don’t try.” (meaning, do it) As a young kid, Sara McDonald would canvass her neighborhood asking for donations to fund her latest musical endeavor. By […]