LOTF 31: Victor LaValle on A People's Future of the United States

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Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver, and The Changeling and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom. He is also the creator and writer of a comic book Victor LaValle's DESTROYER. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shirley Jackson Award, an American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens. He was raised in Queens, New York. He now lives in Washington Heights with his wife and kids. He teaches at Columbia University.

You may remember that we talked about Victor’s book The Changeling back in episode LOTF 17. Our conversation with Victor was so interesting and thought provoking. We talked about exposing kids to horror, persistence in writing, not being an asshole, and the forthcoming anthology A People’s Future of the United States that Victor co-edited with John Joseph Adams, plus a whole lot more!

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A People’s Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

Find Victor: Website | Twitter

LOTF 30: Kat Howard on Breaking Rules, Fairy Tales, & Writing Comics

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In LOTF 30, we chat with Kat Howard about her writing process, breaking writing rules, her experience with writing residencies like the Clarion Workshop, what it’s like to write a comic, and SO much more!

Kat is the author of the novels Roses and Rot and the Alex Award winning An Unkindness of Magicians. Her short fiction collection, A Cathedral of Myth and Bone, is now out from Saga Press and she's writing The Books of Magic for Vertigo Comics. Her novella, The End of the Sentence, co-written with Maria Dahvana Headley, was an NPR Best Book of the Year in 2014. She currently lives in New Hampshire, where she is working on her next projects.

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Find Kat: Website | Twitter | Instagram

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LOTF 29: Automata Review | Eli Ryder + John Flynn-York

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In this episode, we are chatting with Eli Ryder and John Flynn-York, the editors of Automata Review! This conversation is special to us, because we all met in our MFA program.

We talk about what they’re doing with the magazine, and learn all about Automata’s origins, first year, future plans, and so much more!

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