TOUGH STUFF: TRACI KATO-KIRIYAMA INTERVIEWED BY ANDREW MAUZEY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 13
“Tension and difficulty make for an arduous yet fruitful path,” she says. “Beauty can, of course, exist on its own without reaching for it through a layer of difficulty, but when tested or challenged to remain a part of a struggle or true to ourselves when it might be easier not to, what we find through that journey is in itself beautiful. And we become a part of that beauty. It is more than beauty seen, it is beauty lived.”
lives in Toronto. Her fiction has appeared in Dream Catcher, 3AM Magazine, The Copperfield Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Delinquent, The Dirty Napkin, and Litro. email@example.com
ALEXANDER J MOTYL
is a writer, painter, and professor. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York. Motyl is the author of four novels, Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, Flippancy, and The Jew Who Was Ukrainian; his poems have appeared in Counterexample Poetics, Istanbul Literary Review, Orion Headless, and the New York Quarterly. He has performed his fiction and poetry at the Cornelia Street Café and the Bowery Poetry Club. Motyl's artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto.
of Dartmouth, says: "Writing's my whole world." He has just finished his bachelors and hopes to start an MFA program in creative writing next year. "Writers I'm especially interested in are William Faulkner, Michael Ondaatje, Flannery O'Connor, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Pablo Neruda."
has been a Los Angeles-rooted, nationally-presented performer, writer, and arts educator since 1995. Much of her performance focus is centered around collaborative original work created for theatre, and she continually works with a wide variety of artists locally, regionally, and on-tour (zero 3, national tour 2001-06; Edge Of The World, New York at the NAATF in 2007 and Philadelphia at the Asian Arts Initiative in 2007 and 2009; numerous Oymun projects directed by playwright Jason Oymun Fong). Her debut collection of poetry, signaling, was recently published by The Undeniables, 2010.
is a writer and musician living in Southern California. He has degrees from New York University and Chapman University, and has published interviews for Tabula Poetica and The Poetry Foundation. AndrewJMauzey@gmail.com
MARINA READ WEISS
lives in Brooklyn, where she says she eats beans, alters dresses, and plots her escape. Weiss has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Amherst College. She has won a prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry is published in Caper, Explosion-Proof Magazine, and Clapboard House.
is fiction editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review. Her writing has been published in Calliope, San Francisco Bay Press, The Santa Fe Literary Review, One, the Journal, Fast Forward Press, Artistically Declined Press, Spilt Milk, Monkeybicycle, Boston Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. Her novel/collection titled Domestic Apparition is being published this year by San Francisco Bay Press.
is a graduate of the University of Washington's MFA program. She tells us she writes fiction, essays, fictional essays, essay-like fiction, graphic novels, and epic lists. Her day job is before/after school counselor in Seattle, a long way from her home town in New Jersey. She says she spends most of her time questioning which is better: eight year old, or nine year old? "I spend my time unequally with silliness, sarcasm, brooding, and guacamole. I also enjoy juicy pear jelly beans, giraffes, guggily socks, salsa dancing, and rolling down hills wearing bubble wrap."
lives and writes in Miami Beach. "While I'm a former high school teacher, I swear that this story is fictional," he says. "I've been writing short fiction for several years and have done graduate work with Dan Wakefield and John Dufresne, who teach in the MFA program at Florida International University." Glazer is a regular fiction contributor to Under the Sun on WLRN, a locally-produced public radio program on Miami's NPR affiliate, and he has also participated in Lip Service, a writers group that does public readings in bookstores.
lives in Prague with his dog. He is working as an English teacher, but he used to work as a freelance journalist and regional correspondent for the Japan Times. He has published in the Rambler, Square Table, Phase, and Marco Polo Quarterly.
teaches English and public speaking in Avon, Connecticut. In college he studied film, and spent several years working in the entertainment industry. After a brief run as an off-off Broadway actor, Joe changed careers and joined the faculty at the Avon Old Farms School. He works with the school paper, the literary club, and the film club. "I have always been guided by a love of stories and story telling," he says.
ELLIS JANE LOERA
likes 34thParallel's call to authors who, like Kafka and Woolf, challenge boundaries and question life. So she sent us a poem addressed to Virginia Woolf herself. Loera is author of novels, poems, short stories, plays—and vegan recipes. Her writing has been published in Indigo Rising Magazine, Iron Bound Magazine, and the Mosaic Literary Journal. firstname.lastname@example.org
is a writer based in Manhattan, whose work has been published in The Rockford Review, Iconoclast, Word Riot, Stirring, The Main Street Rag, and Arts & Letters. His short play with a long name, "The True Author of the Plays Formerly Attributed to Mister William Shakespeare Revealed to the World for the First Time by Miss Delia Bacon," was published in an anthology The Best American Short Plays: 2008-2009.
lives in Greece. She tells us she is a Medievalist and Byzantinist, she studied medieval and byzantine archeology at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and is continuing research in early modern, post-medieval, post-byzantine eras in south-eastern Europe and the Ottoman empire. She has also studied the history of art, international relations, journalism, and performing arts, and she speaks nine languages—Greek, English, French, Swedish, Italian, Arab, Russian, German, Spanish, and some Scottish Gaelic. "I write," she says, "about characters re-examining their attitudes towards life, mis-directed jealousy and vanity, isolation and disappointment, irrationality and games of the mind, but above all hope." email@example.com
has a story Prophecy in the Premiere Issue of 34thParallel. "Can't tell you how much I appreciate the publication of Prophecy," he says. "I had an agent contact me after reading it, and take an interest in my novel, American Spirit. That didn't work out to anything in the end, but did leave me breathless along the way." Janda works in private-sector social services in California, "—maybe 60 hours a week". "But I still write, mostly because of what I learn in the process. My writing explores the theme of how best to live? Yes, Love Philtre is all about stop and smell the flowers, then maybe don't go back to doing exactly what you did before! Life is change and writing is one way to explore our options and validate our best choices." AcademyPressCa@yahoo.com