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SAMUEL LIGON is the author of DRIFT AND SWERVE, a collection of stories (2009), and SAFE IN HEAVEN DEAD, a novel (2003). His stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, StoryQuarterly, New England Review, Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth, Post Road, Keyhole, Sleepingfish, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. He teaches at Eastern Washington University's Inland Northwest Center for Writers, in Spokane, Washington, and is the editor of WILLOW SPRINGS.
Read "Providence," one of the four "Nikki" stories in DRIFT AND SWERVE.
"Wonderland," a story of bearded lady love
A story in The Fiddleback.
A short reading in Port Townsend.
An interview with Katrina Hays, at Soundings.
An excerpt from the title story in DRIFT AND SWERVE. Plus a note on its origins.
"The You You've Always Been But Better," a story at Lamination Colony.
An interview at The Faster Times, conducted by Michael Kimball.
An interview at HTMLGIANT, conducted by Blake Butler.
An interview at Word Riot, conducted by Robert Lopez.
An interview with The Short Review.
A review of DRIFT AND SWERVE in the Providence Journal.
A review of DRIFT AND SWERVE in The Brooklyn Rail
A review of DRIFT AND SWERVE in Las Vegas CityLife
A review of DRIFT AND SWERVE at HTMLGIANT
My "life story" at Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a post card).
"What I Am Fine Means is Please Stop Talking," an essay on Robert Lopez's novel, KAMBY BOLONGO MEAN RIVER, at The Lit Pub
A review of DRIFT AND SWERVE in Long Island Press
A review of DRIFT AND SWERVE at NewPages.
A review of DRIFT AND SWERVE in The Short Review
A review of DRIFT AND SWERVE at the Centrum Writers
A review of DRIFT AND SWERVE at Bookmunch
An excerpt from SAFE IN HEAVEN DEAD.
A Review of SAFE IN HEAVEN DEAD
NOISE: FICTION INSPIRED BY SONIC YOUTH is a cool anthology, with stories by Mary Gaitskill, J. Robert Lennon, Kevin Sampsell, Jess Walter, Peter Wild, Katherine Dunn, and many others. One of my stories from DRIFT AND SWERVE, "Dirty Boots," is included.
WILLOW SPRINGS publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as interviews with notable authors, including Marilynne Robinson, Stuart Dybek, Aimee Bender, and Robert Bly, to name a few. Founded in 1977 and published twice yearly, Willow Springs features two interviews per issue, as well as arresting essays, fiction, and poetry by a diverse variety of writers—from the unknown and up and coming, to U.S. Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. Check out the latest issue, back issues, and the complete interview archive here.