Interviews

Interviews

Head Above Water: How Four Texas Independent Bookstores Fared the Pandemic

BY Chisom Ogoke

Independent (or “indie”) bookstores are one of the many gems that emblazon and attract others to a community. Within their facets, they serve the local economy, bolster the small business industry, add flavor to a locality, and bring people together. Amidst the past year’s whirlwind of closures, layoffs, adjusted work environments, and various other impediments that affect how a community gathers and stays together, they thrived.

Interviews

Gwendolyn Brooks, Vulnerability, and JNCOs: A Conversation with Brian Broome

BY Aaron Hand

You have racism telling you you’re one thing, telling you you’re worth less than white people. You also, sometimes, have this homophobic masculinity in the Black culture that tells you that you should be this thing. The attempt for “Tabula Rasa” is to say that you don’t have to be any of that. This is your life; you can do and say and be exactly who you are. You don’t have to conform to these standards.

Interviews

A Conversation with Spencer Reece

BY Tom Grimes

“Publishing somewhat later taught me something, or the delay somehow molded me, and little did I realize such a long pause would shape what I would do going forward. It’s not so premeditated, now, at close to sixty as a writer: I just see I don’t get to my truths quickly. That seems to be the point: telling the truth in the art. That’s what I am after, in poems or prose.”

-from Tom Grimes’ interview with poet Spencer Reece