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For the past four years, the National Book Critics Circle has partnered with The New School’s MFA Creative Writing program, allowing the students to interview each of the NBCC Awards Finalists. In addition to building excitement for the Awards Finalist Reading and Ceremony held at the New School March 14th-15th, these interviews have built an intergenerational bridge between the writers of today and tomorrow. This year, as part of the ongoing collaboration, and in support of...
Amina Gautier is 100 percent Brooklyn. Gautier’s first collection of stories, At-Risk won the Flannery O’Connor Award in 2010. Since then, she’s had two other award-winning books—Now We Will Be Happy, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and The Loss of All Lost Things, which was awarded the Elixir Press Fiction Award. A friend since we first met at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, we meet every couple of months at a café or...
At a certain point, fucking became the primary thing we talk about when it comes to relationships. This frenetic, soft-glowing, buzzing of a Gchat or group text asking me for counsel in the wee hours is a lovely sort of communion I have with my friends of all genders. I cherish it, and I hold dear the opportunity to support my friends in their romantic lives and sexual adventures. I imagine myself embodying a...
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Almost Heaven

I remember the first time someone made a joke about “County Roads” when they found out I would be attending West Virginia University. I was in my best friend’s kitchen in the middle of June and her grandmother began belting the song out at the top of her lungs. I had absolutely no idea what she was doing. As it turns out, whenever anyone over the age of 40 heard where I was attending...

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