Delphi Quarterly embarks on its third year of highlighting writers and poets of brilliance with two spirited and lively interviews, one with writer April L. Ford, the 2013 winner of a major literary fiction award from the small presses, and the other with Jacob M. Appel, an extraordinary doctor/lawyer/bioethicist/fiction writer/playwright, both with award-winning short fiction collections coming out this year. April is interviewed by Andrew Gifford, her publisher at Santa Fe Writers Project, who was featured in our Summer 2014 issue, as he continues our Interview-Connector series. Jacob is interviewed by poet and fiction writer Brigit Kelly Young.
In addition, Delphi features two amazing writers who work also as editors and publishers, editing bosque magazine out of New Mexico, Lynn C. Miller, and Lisa Lenard-Cook, who also graced our pages last issue.
April L. Ford talks to editor/publisher/writer Andrew Gifford about the genesis of the stories and characters in her award-winning short fiction collection, The Poor Children, winner of the 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program for Fiction, her work with troubled youth, and her deep empathy for the victims of violence and tragedy which translates into compelling voice in her work.
Jacob M. Appel talks to poet and fiction writer Brigit Kelly Young about characters in his novels The Biology of Luck and The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, the intersections of his life as a bioethicist and psychiatrist with his writing, his interest in creating characters who are intelligent and emotional, and abiding questions about human suffering which pervade his fiction.
Lynn C. Miller and Lisa Lenard-Cook talk with Delphi Editor Ramola D about the excitements of making literary discoveries, working with other fine editors, and creating writing community as they run their literary journal bosque magazine and their Writers Co-Op in New Mexico.
These conversations offer a range of insights into interview styles, fiction approaches, and publishing accomplishments. Enjoy!
April L. Ford’s prize-winning debut story collection, The Poor Children, is forthcoming worldwide April 1, 2015. Gentle, her debut novel, was a Semi-Finalist for the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and is forthcoming with SFWP early next year. April is managing editor of Digital Americana Magazine. She has spent time at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Robert Johnson Fellow, and at Ucross Foundation as a Writer in Residence. She is completing her second novel, Carousel, a contemporary love story that spans one century, one Canadian province, and a handful of American States.
Jacob M. Appel has published short stories in over two hundred literary journals, won numerous awards including the William Faulkner-Wisdom competition (in both fiction and non-fiction) and the Tobias Wolff Award, and in only a handful of years he has published three novels, two short story collections and a collection of essays. This February, Black Lawrence Press will release his story collection Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets, and later in 2015 the collection The Magic Laundry will be published by Snake Nation. Appel is also a produced playwright, and he publishes regularly in the field of bioethics. His points of focus in this latter sphere include libertarian, often controversial, arguments on reproductive rights and assisted suicide, as well as lightning rod taboos such as the legalization of consensual polygamy, prostitution and incest. His essays on these topics and others related to law, medicine and culture have appeared in esteemed venues such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Journal of Medical Ethics, among others. Appel holds multiple graduate degrees including a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M. Phil. from Columbia University, an M.F.A. from New York University and an M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Lynn C. Miller’s two published novels are The Fool’s Journey, which juxtaposes Edith Wharton’s mid-life crisis with that of her fictional biographer, and Death of a Department Chair, a mystery focused on the politics of race, gender, and sexuality in institutional life. A new novel, THE DAY AFTER DEATH, is under contract with the University of New Mexico Press. Co-editor of Voices Made Flesh: Performing Women’s Autobiography, Lynn has performed the work of many women writers, including Katherine Anne Porter, Victoria Woodhull, Edith Wharton, and Gertrude Stein. Her most recent book is Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir (co-authored with Lisa Lenard-Cook), out in 2013 from University of Wisconsin Press. She’s taught at the University of Southern California and Penn State, and was Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin until 2007. She is the co-editor of the literary journal bosque (the magazine) and co-founder and co-director of the ABQ Writers Coop, providing community in New Mexico for writers everywhere.
Lisa Lenard-Cook’s PEN-shortlisted novel Dissonance, originally published by UNM Press, has just been re-issued in paperback and e-editions by Santa Fe Writers’ Project. She’s also the author of New Mexico Penwomen Zia Prize-shortlisted novel Coyote Morning (UNM Press), and the writing guides The Mind of Your Story (Writer’s Digest Books) and (with Lynn C. Miller) Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir (University of Wisconsin Press), as well as numerous trade nonfiction books. Her short fiction has appeared in Southwest Review, Rosebud, Puerto del Sol, and other journals. Lisa is a faculty member at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, and was recently a featured writer at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference in Ogden. Lisa is a co-founder of ABQ Writers Co-op (abqwriterscoop.com), bosque (the magazine), and the Bosque Fiction Prize, and holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
As Delphi sweeps into 2015 with this New Year Winter issue–we invite writers, poets, memoirists, essayists, playwrights, and filmmakers everywhere to join us–interview a fellow/sister writer or filmmaker, write an op-ed on a current issue of your choice, offer us insights into your writing residencies, centers, and workshops! If you have been interviewed in these pages, we invite you to join the Interview Connector, to follow up with an interview of your own, to introduce a wonderful and deserving writer you know to a larger audience. Please drop in at our Guidelines page, send us your thoughts. We want to hear from you!