Suspend Your Disbelief

Christopher Mohar


Christopher Mohar was the recipient of the 2009-10 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin. He co-teaches a weekly poetry workshop in a men’s correctional institution, and has previously worked as a metallurgical researcher, a literacy tutor, a computer programmer, a busboy, and a legal assistant’s assistant. Chris is a fiction editor for Devil’s Lake, and his recent writing appears in The Southwest ReviewWord RiotdecomPInk Node, and on his blog at TurboBoosting the Panopticon. He is currently at work on a novel about meat. Three books he recommends: Our Lady of the Forest by David Guterson, The Seas by Samantha Hunt, and The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead.


Interviews |

Prayer, Inquiry, Memory: An Interview with Anthony Doerr

From the Archives: Christopher Mohar talks with Anthony Doerr about the politics of writing, the importance of curiosity, the role science plays in his fiction, why he likes the novella as a form, and how we can successfully inhabit characters different from ourselves.

Shop Talk |

Stories We Love: "Mollusks"

“Trying to be weird and strange isn’t as interesting as coming up with a reason for it,” Arthur Bradford says of his 2001 short story collection, Dogwalker, in an interview with Robert Birnbaum. Labeling Bradford’s work “weird” may be a bit of an understatement, given stories that include a woman giving birth to a glowing frog, a family of cat-faced carnival workers, a human/canine love affair, and all manner of mutant dogs: talking, three-legged, Siamese triplets, born with furry flippers instead of legs, etc. But Bradford makes the strange seem not only usual, but welcome and beautiful. Bradford’s weirdness is […]