The lovely folks at Slice were kind enough to conduct this interview with both myself and artist Dina Brodsky. Last fall, they published our work, Desert Places, in the magazine, and now you can read it online in addition to the interview. Here’s their intro:
After all of the pieces for an issue of Slice have been edited, we send them over to our art director, Jennifer K. Beal Davis, who then strikes up a dialogue between art and prose. Jennifer and associate art director Matt Davis have a knack for selecting artwork that invites the reader to look at a story, an essay, or a poem in an unexpected way.
When writer Sung J. Woo mentioned that he’d written some stories that were inspired by Dina Brodsky’s paintings, we were immediately intrigued. What if we could capture an even more deliberate conversation between writer and artist?
We published “Desert Places,” which is posted below, in Issue 19 of Slice. What follows is an interview between Sung and Dina about their collaborative creative process.
The tour continues this month, where I return to my alma mater, fly to Austin for the Texas Book Festival, spend an evening in the Big Apple, and conduct a workshop in Princeton (where parts of the book are set!). Note: I was going to wrap in the Wells College reading into my Cornell visit, but that’s been rescheduled for the spring. So the tour will extend into 2016!