On Wandering and Writing:

An Interview with Sybil Baker 

by Iris Mahan


In this interview our Development Associate Iris Mahan talks with writer Sybil Baker about her recent nonfiction collection Immigration Essays, which explores the history of Chattanooga against the backdrop of Baker's own familial history and the experiences of her life abroad. Here, they talk about identity, personal and political responsibility, and the contentious idea of ‘home’ in the context of our modern global lives. 


"Yes, writers and artists are fools, but we should embrace the term. Fools are often the truth tellers—my favorite fool is from King Lear—he tells the truth when people don’t want to hear it, but is also protective of the vulnerable King." 


READ the interview


Finding Angela Carter: 

An Interview with Biographer

Edmund Gordon 


In a new and insightful biography, The Invention of Angela Carter, author Edmund Gordon looks at the life of this often mythologized writer, while offering astute criticism of her many works. In this interview our web editor Kristin Henley talks to Gordon about the challenges of writing biography and taking on Carter's legacy. 

"She needed to be on the outside, looking in, and she never liked to be associated too closely with any movement or genre, whether it was radical feminism, the 1960s folk revival, or magical realism. She took pains to maintain an individual perspective on the world around her, and freedom was the value she cared most deeply about." READ THE INTERVIEW




The Other Stories

The Center is pleased to let you know about a fantastic new podcast, The Other Stories. It's a podcast for new, emerging, and struggling writers. Each episode features a work of fiction read by the author set to an originallly composed soundtrack. Following the reading, host Ilana Masad interviews the writers about their fiction, their work, and their writing lives. 


Check out their new episode featuring Alicia Drier and her reading
"City Love Letters."


Our Community 

Head over to our Community page to check-out everything our friends around the Center have been up to. There are new books, new stories, and more! visit


And check out our 2015 Emerging Writer Fellow t'ai freedom ford's book of poetry, how to get over. Available now!