I’ve admired Chelsea Hodson’s work ever since I read her chapbook, Pity the Animal, back in 2014. That essay was full of raw honesty and surprising insight—all conveyed through a brilliant structure that allows the writer allusive latitude and amazing range. I was excited to learn that essay was included in the essay collection Tonight I’m Someone Else and to read so many other essays using this wonderful structure to great effect.
I’ve been friends with Russell Persson for over two decades. We met in NYC, two young guys trying to be fiction writers, and that created a bond that’s lasted through a lot of life for both of us. I first read The Way of Florida in an early draft and then recently reread the novel as an advanced reading copy. Persson’s novel is a brilliant take on the historical novel, telling the story of Pánfilo de Narváez’s disastrous exploration of […]