September 16, 2016

Photo Credit: David West

“…my brain is a strange archive.”

Jess: How did you spend your summer? And how are you today?

Kate: I spent my summer in a bit of a daze. I’d planned to finish a draft of my nonfiction manuscript, a collection of essays that explore personal experience through the lens of folklore and myth, but instead--other than a trip to Michigan to see my family and one to Maine to hang...

May 5, 2016

IHLR: First, thank you for taking the time to talk with us about your new novel, The Duration, which was recently reviewed at Publisher's Weekly, and writing in general. How are you and what are you up to these days since finishing this book?

DF: I’m good, Mark! Thanks for asking, and for doing this! I don’t know if you want to disclose to your readership that we are cousins (I wouldn’t if I were y...

February 4, 2016

“The Small Things That Make Up a Life”

Sarah Einstein talks to us about her memoir Mot, a new book that’s in the works, and how literature can illuminate the future as much as the past

Jess: How are you today? Are you working on anything you’re excited about?

Sarah: I’m great, thank you for asking. And yes! I’m just getting started on my next book project, which I am really excited about. It’s going...

December 18, 2015

IHLR: First, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed with Iron Horse. We’re big fans of your novel. How are you doing and what have you been doing recently?


Gray: Thanks. I’m well. I’ve acquired a wife, a ten-year-old stepson, and a baby boy in the last year and a half. So I’m learning how to write and live a life that is not completely self-obsessed. How are you? Is that weird to ask? I’m from...

October 9, 2015

Photo Credit: Alyssa Lynee 

In the following interview, Iron Horse Associate Editor Jess Smith talks with poet David Trinidad.

"Every obsession is a mystery that must be figured out." ​​

Jess: How are you today? What are you working on?

David: I’m good, thanks. It’s a clear, summery October day in Chicago. I’m not working on anything in particular at the moment. But having just visited Lubbock, T...

April 20, 2015


In the following interview, Iron Horse Associate Editor Mark L. Keats talks with Yiyun Li about her essay, which orignally appeared in A Public Space is now anthologized in The Best American Essays of 2014.


IHLR: One of the things I enjoyed about your essay “Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life,” is, despite this natural forward momentum, given the numbers and sense of time,...

April 20, 2015


The following interview with contributors Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs was initially published in Issue 16.1, "The Duet Issue." Some of the questions refer to poems published in that issue. Both Brown (Fanny Says, BOA Editions) and Jacobs (Pelvis with Distance, White Pine Press) have new books available--we recommend both books highly.


IHLR: I’m going to start this “duet” version of FROM THE...

March 16, 2015

A version of the following interview with Christine Marshall appeared in Issue 16.6. Some of the questions refer to her essay, “The Circle,” which was pub-lished in that issue. 


IHLR: I want to start with a not-so-literary question. In your essay “The Circle,” you write, “Often people say ‘Wow, weird,’ / when they meet my twin and me.” I have said (or at least thought) this whe...

September 29, 2014

Note: Fans of Steve Almond likely know him for his debut short story collection, My Life In Heavy Metal, or his New York Times Bestseller, Candyfreak, but few may know him as a former sports reporter, play-by-play man, and lifelong Oakland Raiders fan. It’s his admitted obsession with the Raiders, and the NFL at large, which was the catalyst for his 11th book, Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant...

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