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NABINA DAS

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Nabina Das is an Indian poet, novelist and columnist. She is the author of a short fiction collection, The House of Twining Roses: Stories of the Mapped and the Unmapped, a novel, Footprints in the Bajra, and two poetry collections, Blue Vessel, and Into the Migrant City




"It is with poetry today we shall be winning our battle against fascism and hatred "

What is your earliest reading memory?
As early as I can recall. At home books sprouted from desks chairs beds and even shoe racks. I understood we didn't have much money to show but enough books. My parents even gave books as wedding gifts to friends and family members. From picture books, to children's stories to poetry, and the epics, the earliest reading memory is that of long hours of smelling books while reading them. Besides, there was always storytelling -- from my grandma, and my parents. A book that I remember leaving a lasting impression in my head was War and Peace, a gift on my 13th birthday. Couldn't re…

LEZA CANTORAL

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Leza Cantoral is a Mexican-American fiction writer, performer and blogger. Her first short-story collection, Cartoons In The Suicide Forest, was published in 2016.







What is your earliest reading memory?
My father reading me Alice in Wonderland when I was 7 is what stands out the most to me. He read to me when I was younger and I remember sitting in his lap, engrossed. Also, my mother reading to me in French when I was a baby. There was this picture book I loved called Ma Poupette about a little girl and her doll. They go to the beach and have ice cream. It was pretty great. The first time I was really moved by a book I read on my own was when I read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I remember being really sad when it was over. I think I was about 10 years old. That was also the book that put the idea in my head that writing could be a legitimate career and that women writers were badasses. It planted that little seed.

Has writing been a conscious choice or a natural thing for you?
I have…

TIKULI DOGRA

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Tikuli Dogra is an Indian poet, fiction writer and blogger. Her first collection, Collection of Chaos, was published in 2014.





What is your earliest reading memory?
I found solace in books as a child. The characters were the imaginary friends around whom I would spin tales. My first memories are of my mother telling bed time stories and then later  a wonderful world of thin paperbacks and children's magazines opened, magazines like Chandamama, Nandan, Parag, Children's World, books from Children's Book Trust, Amar Chitra katha, Panchtantra, Jatak Kathayen etc. and soon I was drawn to Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, a magazine called 'Liliput', The Children’s Encyclopedia and One Thousand Beautiful Things- chosen from The Life and Literature of the World, both by British Author Arthur Mee . There was also an excellent collection of Soviet literature for children translated in both English and Hindi. I absolutely adored a beautiful hardcover of a Russian Fairyta…

NIALL MCDEVITT

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Niall McDevitt is a London-based Irish poet and psychogeography explorer. His collections include Porterloo, Firing Slits and b&w.






What is your earliest reading memory?
Children’s literature. I was an Irish child in Ireland reading children’s literature from England, unaware of postcolonial conditioning. The most profound literary experiences were oral, hearing tales of Irish mythology, The Children of Lir, the Salmon of Knowledge. Billy Bunter was fun, but one’s own mythology is an initiation. Needless to say, the Old and New Testaments loomed large also.

Has writing been a conscious choice or a natural thing for you?
It was there early. When I was seven, I wrote a novel called The City in Space. Though I don’t write novels as an adult, my writing is still aspirant to that theme. At eleven I got into trouble with the Jesuit headmaster for writing a parody of the Hail Mary, hailing the attractiveness of my female history teacher. Coming of age, I had a brief career writing mildly por…

KURT BAUMEISTER

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Kurt Baumeister is an American novelist and columnist. Pax Americana is his latest published novel.





What is your earliest reading memory?
Reading Go, Dog. Go! with my mom.

Has writing been a conscious choice or a natural thing for you?
Natural.

Do you have any special habits or rituals when you write?
My habits seem to change over time. I’ve gone through periods where I’ve needed quiet to write; others in which I’ve written at noisy coffee shops.

Do you choose your storiesor do the stories/poems choose you?
I believe the creative process begins with the subconscious.

What national books/authors do you enjoy re-reading and why?
I’ve reread Hemingway’s short stories multiple times and I’ve read The Sun Also Rises three times. I’ve also reread a few of DeLillo’s books: White Noise (three times, I think) and Mao II. I tried to reread some Vonnegut but it didn’t hold up so well.

What foreign books/authors do you enjoy re-reading and why?
I reread Michael Moorcock’s Elric books twice in my youth. As a…