Once in a while you meet people in creative writing workshops who you click with, and even more rarely, you get a chance to see those people publish works that you knew deserved to be published long before either you or the writer were able to hold the book. The publication of Dan Mancilla's The Deathmask of El Gaucho is a combination of all these things.
I was blessed with the opportunity to interview Dan for the Passages North blog about the book and his process and whatever else I wanted. [One thing I've learned over the years is that it's pretty sick to be affiliated (very, very loosely: as in, I am an acquaintance) with a magazine that lets you do so many cool things without ever expecting a damn thing in return. So thank you a million times over to Jennifer Howard, Matthew Gavin Frank, and Timston Johnston for giving me a place to share this stuff with the world other than the bathroom stalls upon which I normally scribble.]
Please do read the interview here: Interview!
And once you've done that, buy his book here: The Deathmask of El Gaucho (You'll have to scroll down a bit to get to the book, but perhaps you'll want a t-shirt or a back-issue/the current one as well?)
And, last but not least, I am about to get proofs for Battle Rattle and Other Stories. Things are about to get pretty physical around here.