An interview with Among Animals contributor Ray Keifetz

An interview with Among Animals contributor Ray Keifetz (“Miriam’s Lantern”) Q: What inspired you to write this story? A: “Miriam’s Lantern” began as a series of prose poems called “Last Things.” I spent a melancholy night enumerating extinctions—creatures, cultures, trees, languages …  “Where to begin?” was my epigram; it could have as easily been “There’s …

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An interview with Among Animals contributor Melodie Edwards

An interview with Among Animals contributor Melodie Edwards (“Bad Berry Season”) Q: What inspired you to write this story? A: When I was working for the Forest Service, a bear started raiding some Dumpsters in the small mountain town where I was living, and I thought a lot about the employees who had to problem-solve …

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An interview with Among Animals contributor Sara Dupree

An interview with Among Animals contributor Sara Dupree (“The Weight of Things Unsaid”) Q: What was the inspiration for your story? A: Many of the elements of my story are autobiographical. I lost my sweet, happy dog when he hopped through a hole in the ice at a time in my life I was dealing …

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An interview with Among Animals contributors Carol Guess and Kelly Magee

An interview with Among Animals contributors Carol Guess and Kelly Magee (“With Sheep”) Q: As co-authors of this story, what was your writing process like? Carol: Kelly and I had so much fun writing “With Sheep.” It’s part of a book-length collection titled With Animal; each short story focuses on a human who becomes pregnant …

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An interview with Among Animals contributor Jessica Zbeida

An interview with Among Animals contributor Jessica Zbeida (“Emu”)  Q: What was the inspiration for this story?  A: This story was inspired by true events. My grandmother lives in rural east Texas, and one day an emu showed up at her house. She fed it for a few days, but then it became aggressive. My …

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