an Interview with Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, three novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and The Devil in Silver, and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and, most recently, The Ballad of Black Tom. He’s received a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the key to Southeast Queens. He teaches at Columbia University. Here is an  excerpt of our fiction editor … More an Interview with Victor LaValle

Some clumsy sort of faith: an interview with Nayomi Munaweera

I’ve have readers tell me that parts of the book made them cry. I know exactly which parts these are because I cried while I wrote them. But I think this is the most beautiful place, when the words slip under the skin and make us feel deep, profound, sometimes painful things. … More Some clumsy sort of faith: an interview with Nayomi Munaweera

A sympathetic whirr in the controls of the stove: An Interview with Erin Moure

Poetry is a conversation. It’s about language and movement in language, openings, crossings, paradoxes, contradictions, sounds, layers and lairs (and liars too), and as such, not about “the author” or “the poet.” It’s about contributing gladness, curiosity, revolt to something that ranges more widely than an individual can. … More A sympathetic whirr in the controls of the stove: An Interview with Erin Moure

The telephone service may be interrupted: An Interview with Robert Grenier

There’s something about the shapes themselves, almost . . . Now that really does seem kooky to me. The shapes of the letters want, ‘themselves’—apart from ‘the author’s intent’—to draw whatever it is into existence. That’s my experience. I follow where they go, wherever they go. I make some sort of determination. It’s as if the shapes themselves were shaping the thing that’s said. … More The telephone service may be interrupted: An Interview with Robert Grenier

“The limitations of each material act as guidelines and inspiration for the work itself”: an interview with Emily Ritz

In this preview from the 2015 edition of 580 Split, Garin Hay interviews artist Emily Ritz, whose work will be appearing in the magazine. Garin Hay: Your work is incredibly unique, and some of that uniqueness comes from the variety of media you use to create your worlds. Tell us about the materials you’re working with in your sculptures … More “The limitations of each material act as guidelines and inspiration for the work itself”: an interview with Emily Ritz

“Until we can change how we are together, until we can alter our social forms, we don’t really have a hope of changing political reality”: an interview with David Brazil

To preface this interview , I have been thinking about paradigms of education that take place outside of academia in response to difficulties certain humanities programs at my institution have been facing at the hands of corporate-style hierarchal administration. Although not a degree-oriented educational project, I have been inspired by the work happening at the Bay … More “Until we can change how we are together, until we can alter our social forms, we don’t really have a hope of changing political reality”: an interview with David Brazil

“I want to share with people how creative I am and talented I am in many different ways”: an interview with Gerone Spruill

An artist at Creative Growth in Oakland since June 1993, Gerone Spruill is a Bay Area native whose body of work grounds the fanciful and fetishistic in the precisely-lined environs of Chocolate City. Inspired by his narrative prismacolor and ink drawings and his multidisciplinary aesthetic—Spruill, a funk enthusiast, is a musician and DJ as well … More “I want to share with people how creative I am and talented I am in many different ways”: an interview with Gerone Spruill

“Photographs are forever in mourning”: an interview with Doug Rice

In anticipation of the 2015 edition of 580 Split, we are releasing an excerpt from an interview with Doug Rice as told to Rebecca Woolston.  Doug Rice is the author of An Erotics of Seeing, Between Appear and Disappear, Dream Memoirs of a Fabulist, and other books. He has been a Literature Fellow at the … More “Photographs are forever in mourning”: an interview with Doug Rice

Hustling: Mills alum Cheena Marie Lo on being a working artist in the Bay Area

In anticipation of the 2015 edition of 580 Split, we are releasing an excerpt from an interview with Cheena Marie Lo as told to Davey Davis.  Cheena Marie Lo is a Bay Area poet and Mills alumnus who, like many artists, must strike the balance between working a day job and cultivating their craft. As an … More Hustling: Mills alum Cheena Marie Lo on being a working artist in the Bay Area