Friday, July 12, 2024

Chavisa Woods

Chavisa Woods is interviewed here about her writing project, 100 Things, which also uses the hashtag #sexismfuckingsucks. She was interviewed previously about her book, Things To Do When You’re Goth in the Countrhere. And a second time about LGBTQ issues, particularly in regard to children, and that interview is here.

Chavisa Woods is the author of three books of fiction: Things To Do When You’re Goth in the Country (short fiction, 224 pages) Seven Stories Press in May, 2017; The Albino Album, (novel, 550 pages) Seven Stories Press, 2013; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (full-length fiction, 200 pages) Fly by Night Press, 2009. The Second Edition of this book was released by Autonomedia Press under the Unbearables imprint in 2013.

Woods was the recipient of the 2018 Kathy Acker Award in writing, the 2014 Cobalt Prize for fiction and was a finalist for the 2010 and 2013 Lambda Literary Award for fiction, and was the recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation award for emerging authors.

Her writing has appeared in such publications as Tin House, LitHub, Electric Lit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, Jadaliyya, and others.

“This Book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical twenty-first-century voices.” —  Booklist

“[Things To Do When You’re Goth in the Country is a] collection of eight uncompromising stories set in rural Illinois. In visceral descriptions of decay, boredom, and limited opportunities, (…) Woods’s characters struggle to eke out an identity, as they confront the bleak difficulties of their lives and persist in surviving.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Think of Woods as a literary exorcist, calling out certain entities that possess rural America: isolation, working-class poverty, drugs, incarceration, military dogma, and evangelical religion.” — The Rumpus


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