Writers Talk : Sunday Salon

An Interview with Achy Obejas

Achy Obejas is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ruins (Akashic Books, 2009), Days of Awe (Random House, 2001) and two other books of fiction. Her poetry chapbook, This Is What Happened in Our Other Life (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2007), was both a critical favorite and a best-seller. She edited, and translated into English, Havana Noir (Akashic Books, 2007), a collection of crime stories by Cuban writers on and off the island. Her translation into Spanish of Junot Diaz’ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead, 2009)/La Breve y Maravillos Vida de Oscar Wao (Vintage/Mondadori) was a …

Nancy Agabian


Her soft-spoken demeanor might fool you, but Nancy Agabian packs a wallop in her prose. The author of Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter, Nancy writes about family, identity, and genocide with a critical eye, insight, and compassion. Her stories are provocative and humorous, just the way we like them. This generous, tireless writer took a break from her busy teaching and writing schedule to answer a few questions for Sunday Salon.

Nita Noveno: Nancy, this book sprang from the experiences of your Armenian family, specifically, your grandmother’s escape from genocide. What ultimately …

Bino A. Realuyo


Recently, I interviewed poet and novelist, Bino A. Realuyo, whom I met at a Sunday Salon reading in 2007. He read from his poetry collection, The Gods We Worship Live Next Door, a beautiful, haunting account of his troubled Philippines. In one particular poem, written in the perspective of his father, a war survivor, I was introduced to the vision and talent of a writer who gives voice to the voiceless, shedding light on forgotten histories. In this era of self-help literature and the ever-beleaguered memoir, here is a truly audacious writer of hope …

Felicia Sullivan


Felicia Sullivan has been described by a fellow writer as a “force of nature” and rightly so. The native New Yorker and Columbia MFA graduate completed her memoir The Sky Isn’t Visible from Here while working full time. Felicia is also the co-founder of the KGB Non Fiction reading series in NYC and the award-winning literary journal Small Spiral Notebook. I caught up with the tireless writer after her reading at June’s Sunday Salon.

Nita Noveno: When and why did you decide to write this memoir?…

Matt Cheney


One of the most fascinating minds wrapped around science fiction today, Matt Cheney is a columnist for the online magazine Strange Horizons, series editor of Best American Fantasy from Prime Books, and has a few things to say about his beloved genre.

Nita Noveno: When did you first discover science fiction?

Matt Cheney: Most people for whom genre fiction becomes an obsession start out young, and I’m no exception to that rule. I was an awkward, nerdy kid who liked reading and writing, and I started with mysteries and horror stories, but then my mother’s boss decided a kid like me …

Justin Courter


You could say Justin Courter is making a big stink in the literary world. His debut novel, Skunk: A Love Story, about a young man’s attraction and addiction to skunk musk and his love interest in a woman with a fish fetish, is probably one of the most olfactory-obsessed, if not strangest, stories I’ve ever read. I recently interviewed Justin for the first in the series of Sunday Salon Interviews.

Nita Noveno: What inspired you to write such a bizarre story?

Justin Courter: Satan. No, actually, I often look at writing stories as a way of conducting little experiments. In this case, …