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A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions

An Interview with Scott Cheshire, by Celia Johnson

Scott Cheshire

We published “Romantics,” a short story by Scott Cheshire, in Issue 12 of Slice. The theme for that issue was Obsession, which is fitting, because, as you’ll see in the following interview, Cheshire’s debut novel, High As the Horses Bridles, is the sum of many obsessions. The book begins with a stunning scene, set in Queens in the 1980s, in which twelve-year-old Josiah Laudermilk stands before a congregation of 4,000 people and experiences an overwhelming apocalyptic vision. The story plays out in three parts and this structure is a true feat of literary framing. Each section recasts the story, offering even more nuances to the themes of religion, mortality, and family. It’s the kind of book that, when you reach the end, you realize you’ve got to go back and start again. I spoke with Scott about the inspiration for his debut, his creative routine (or lack thereof), and his next book, which he hopes will “scare you shitless.”

What was the inspiration for your novel?

It actually began with a dream. I dreamed of a ceiling I saw when I was a kid, a theater ceiling that was painted to look like an evening sky. Planets, moon,... Read more

In the Telling

Kyle McCord

In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Kyle McCord read two poems that appear in Issue 13: The Unknown.    Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry: Galley of the Beloved in Torment (Dream Horse Press, 2009), a co-written book of epistolary poems entitled Informal Invitations to a... Read more

Encounters in Publishing

#60: An Interview with Book Publicist Diana Franco, by Maria Gagliano

When I think of Encounters in Publishing, I’m always drawn to the secrets of how a book is created–that is, the years of writing, editing, and revising that go into making a beautiful book. But there is another department of book nerds who are also sweating over these projects, and they rarely get the spotlight: Book Publicists. I chatted with... Read more

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Slice Literary Writers' Conference

The 2015 Slice Literary Writers' Conference will take place on September 12 + 13, 2015. Stay tuned for more details. 


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