The author of If I Survive You on the gift of humour, the impact of the housing crisis, and family legacy.
The author of Eat Your Mind, the first full-scale authorized biography of Kathy Acker, on renewed relevance and creative capaciousness.
John Irving on trans heroes, the nature of ghosts, and a career as a worst-case scenario guy.
The author of The Tiger and the Cage on writing about her hysterectomy, the absurdities of medical metaphor, and the illness narratives that liberate and limit us.
The author of I Fear My Pain Interests You on inevitable doom, writing through absence, and cows.
The author of Making Love with the Land on transforming pain into love, entering as a guest into the recesses of literature, and birthing a body of text from a body of experience.
The author of The Women's House of Detention on forgotten prison history, the incarcerated LGBTQ population, and women being punished for entering the public sphere.
The author of The School of Mirrors on sexual violence, the history of midwifery, and opening up archival silences.
The author of Slenderman on deinstitutionalization, early onset schizophrenia, and "crimes of the century."
The author of Bad Sex on the body horror of pregnancy, selling books about sex, and why this might be her last word on her mother’s body of work.