On episode 49 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Christina Thompson, editor of the Harvard Review and author of the memoir, Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All: A New Zealand Story. In the interview, we go inside the slush pile process, and we also discuss:
- whether publishing and academia are an ivory tower conspiracy;
- how many short story submissions The Harvard Review gets each year, and how many they publish;
- the different publishing routes one can take after writing a dissertation;
- how popular trade books are viewed in academia;
- whether literary fiction is dead (it’s not);
- struggling with memoir structure;
- European colonialism in the Pacific;
- the Maori people and the history of European and Maori contact.
About our guest:
Christina Thompson is the editor of the Harvard Review and the author of a memoir, Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All (Bloomsbury USA, 2008). A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Australia Council, she is a regular contributor to the books pages of the Boston Globe. She has taught at the Harvard Extension School since 2001 and was awarded the James E. Conway Excellence in Teaching Writing Award in 2008.
You can contact Christina through the Harvard Review.