Nina Buckless is a fiction writer, poet and essayist. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Santa Monica Review, Absent, Georgetown Review, Burrow Press Review, MidWestern Gothic,and elsewhere. Her short story “Deer” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Nina received her MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program and was granted a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in Prose at the University of Michigan. She was the recipient of a Civitas Fellowship and taught poetry in Detroit Public Schools.
“A lot of things are inherently funny when there is a conflict and an opposition. We’re not simple people. Everybody is complex”: Nina Buckless catches up with Marvin Cohen, whose strange and wonderful fiction is still finding new audiences 40 years later.
“I’m curious as to how I can push a reader away from a character but still have them rooting for him or her”: Robert James Russell chats with Nina Buckless about his new novel, Mesilla (Dock Street Press).
Writing in appreciation of Nicholas Delbanco’s short story “Departure,” Nina Buckless says, “We are offered a portrait in fragments, which collectively captures a family separated by the American landscape but held together by its matriarch.”
Nina Buckless talks with Peter Orner about his most recent collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, as well as writing silence, where characters think they belong, and how gossip can reveal story.