Monday, August 3, 2009

Interview with Andy Devine in elimae

The August issue of elimae is up, and it includes an excerpt from Robert Lopez's forthcoming novel, Kamby Bolongo Mean River, due out from Dzanc Books in September; poetry by Meg Pokrass, fiction by Tim Jones-Yelvington, and a lot more.

Also, my interview with the mysterious Andy Devine. I had a great time interviewing Devine and taking the opportunity to read his work more closely. His book entitled WORDS is forthcoming from Publishing Genius Press in 2010. Here's the intro:


My introduction to the work of Andy Devine was the chapbook entitled "As Day Same That the the Was Year" from Publishing Genius Press as part of their This PDF Chapbook series. One look and I saw a clever (re)arrangement of what may or may not have been a short story. But another look and my eyes slid out of focus, and I began to see things more clearly. I sought more of Devine's work and found some in the archives of a ceased online literary journal called Taint Magazine. His latest work appears in the new issue of Unsaid. At only a glance it is clear that Andy Devine's work is something different, unlike any writing by even the riskiest literary innovators working today. Devine has dismantled the English language to its elemental state and has used recognizable words to build a language beyond language. In April and May, I asked Andy Devine some questions via email.

4 comments:

Michael Kimball said...

I'm really looking forward to Robert's new novel. And your Devine interview is amazing, incredibly smart questions.

Tim Jones-Yelvington said...

Thank you for the mention, looking forward to reading your interview.

Josh Maday said...

Michael: I'm looking forward to Lopez's new novel, too. Looks excellent. Thanks for the kind words about the interview. Devine is a fascinating character who does very interesting work.

No problem, Tim. Good work with so few words. And thanks for reading, I'd love to hear what you think of the interview.

Jamie Iredell said...

Hey Josh: ditto on the interview. Really enjoyed reading it.