Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, currently a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction, winner of the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected by Patricia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Country, a finalist for the 2008 Foreword Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and she’s written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, New York Magazine, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine, the PEN Translation Fund, the Poetry Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America. She’s also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. This fall she is the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at LIU Brooklyn.
Idra Novey discusses how and when her poems begin and what sparks the inspiration needed to write:
Alex Mar is a writer based in her hometown of New York City. Her first book, Witches of America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 in non-fiction, a New York Times Editors’ Pick, among The Millions’ “Most Anticipated Books” of 2015, one of The Believer‘s “Favorite Books” and Huffington Post Books’ “Most Notable” of 2015, and a Marie Claire “Top Book-Club Pick.” Some of her recent work has appeared in The Believer, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Elle, Tin House, The Oxford American (where she is a contributing editor), and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015; and her essays were included in both Longreads’ and BuzzFeed’s “Best of 2016” year-end lists. She is also the director of the feature-length documentary American Mystic, currently streaming on Amazon.
Terrific review of "Witches of America" in the New York Times.