An interview with Among Animals contributor Philip Armstrong

An interview with Among Animals contributor Philip Armstrong (“Litter”) Q: Why did you choose a dog’s point of view for this story? In what ways was it challenging, and was there any special research you did? A: Whenever we write about animals (or whenever we think about them or engage with them in any way, in …

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An interview with Among Animals contributor Patrick Hicks

An interview with Among Animals contributor Patrick Hicks (“Aren’t You Pretty?”) by Jennifer Hartsock Q: Patrick, in “Aren’t You Pretty?” Christmas brings great destruction the night of the house fire, yet, our narrator later imagines Sara “opening box after box of healthy skin”—a vision of renewal and restoration. Can you expand on the dualism between …

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An interview with Among Animals contributor Charlotte Malerich

An interview with Among Animals contributor C.S. Malerich (“Meat”) by Jennifer Hartsock  Q: Charlotte, your works integrate many social classifications and positions—such as gender, race, class, and species. Do you have a topic or theme in mind before you begin writing, or do you recognize one while/after completing the work? A: The idea for the …

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An interview with Among Animals contributor Mary Akers

An interview with Among Animals contributor Mary Akers (“Beyond the Strandline”) by Jennifer Hartsock Q: Mary, many of your works portray personal transformations reflected by the ocean. Does your advocacy for the ocean inspire most of your creative writing? A: Thanks for this interview, Jennifer. I appreciate the chance to talk about my work. For …

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An interview with Among Animals contributor Jean Ryan

An interview with Among Animals contributor Jean Ryan (“Greyhound”) by Jennifer Hartsock Q: Jean, many of your short works are inspired by real life events—ranging from media, friends, or your expertise in the food industry. Do they offer many unexpected sources of inspiration? A: Considered in a certain light, at a certain time, anything can …

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