Mari Coates is an MFA alumna of the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and lives in San Francisco, where she has been an arts writer and theater critic, and a senior editor at UC Press. Her recently published first novel, The Pelton Papers, reimagines the life of American modernist painter Agnes Pelton (1881-1961) and is a bronze medalist in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
“Readers are always on the side of romance; if two remotely promising people meet, we fan the flames. I wanted to use those expectations and to subvert them.” Mari Coates talks with her mentor Margot Livesey on the occasion of publishing of The Boy in the Field, Livesey’s ninth novel.
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