Writing Desire and Faith w. JAMIE QUATRO

Author photo by Stephen Alvarez.

Author photo by Stephen Alvarez.

Episode 22

Jamie Quatro is the author of the novel Fire Sermon. Her debut collection, I Want To Show You More, was a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, O Magazine summer reading pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Georgia Townsend Fiction Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize. Quatro’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s, VICE, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. She teaches in the Sewanee School of Letters MFA program, and lives with her husband and four children in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

Discussed In This Episode

Fearlessness (real and perceived). The technicalities of writing sex. Overwriting. The moments that catch you off-guard. Fact-checking fiction and how to work against reality. "What does your husband think of your work?", "Cat Person" and what we think women can and can't make up. Low-residency MFAs. "The pie is infinite." Desire and faith. Writing leads to writing. The eternal now. Freedom. Digital vs. analog writing. Running as writing. "You have to catch it sideways, out of the corner of your eye." 

Recommended Reading

Fire Sermon, Jamie Quatro
I Want to Show You More, Jamie Quatro
Lily King
"What Does Your Husband Think of Your Novel?", Jamie Quatro
Thomas Lynch
The Recovering, Leslie Jamison
Sing Unburied Sing, Jesmyn Ward
Stag's Leap, Sharon Olds


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