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Authors In Conversation for Slice Literary Magazine

For this series, featured in each issue of Slice Magazine and live at the annual Slice Literary Conference in downtown Brooklyn, Brian brings two authors together to discuss their life and work. Most recently, for Issue 25, he spoke with Mira Jacob and Kiese Laymon, and at the Slice Literary Conference in September, 2019, he talked with Mira Jacob and T Kira Madden.

Other participants have included:

Rosalie Knecht and Idra Novey, Issue 24; Alexander Chee and Porochista Khakpour, live at the Slice Literary Conference, 2018; Laura van den Berg and R. O. Kwon, Issue 23; Katie Kitamura and Paul Yoon, Issue 22; Angela Flournoy and Hannah Tinti, live at the Slice Literary Conference, 2017; Melissa Febos and Garth Greenwell, Issue 20; Karen Russell and Rob Spillman, live at the Slice Literary Conference, 2016; Alexander Chee and Tracy O'Neill, Issue 19; Elisa Albert and Kate Bolick, Issue 18; Edan Lepucki, Emily St. John Mandel, Benjamin Percy, Issue 17; Leslie Jamison and Nicole Krauss, live at the Slice Literary Conference, 2015; Katherine Dunn and Porochista Khakpour, Issue 16, and reprinted on The Lit Hub; David Gates and Adelle Waldman, Issue 15; Owen King and Matthew Specktor, Issue 14

Short Stories

Brian studied fiction at The New School, where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing. His short fiction has appeared in the following publications:

"Sleeping Alone," Joyland Magazine

"The Width of Instinct," Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"The Open Palm of Desire," Joyland Magazine



Personal Essays on Parenting

Brian, who identifies as a stay-at-home dad, has written about fatherhood for a variety of publications, tackling subjects such as gender, race, and feminism in the context of raising a son. He has also addressed the challenges of writing while being a full-time caregiver. For several years, he blogged about his experiences, first at The Huffington Post, then at Disney's Babble, penning around 350 pieces in total. Select essays include:

"Having Children Might Actually Help Your Writing," Glimmer Train's Writers Ask

"Race, Kids–and the Perils of Silence," Quiet Revolution

"Boys in Dresses and the Differences That Define Us," Quiet Revolution

Is It Cooler to Be a Stay-at-Home Dad than a Stay-at-Home Mom?” a conversation with novelist Stephanie Feldman, Salon

The People Writer-Parents Need (Besides Their Kids)” a conversation with author Polly Rosenwaike, The Literary Hub

Please Don't Ask How My Son Is Doing,” DAME Magazine

How Being a Stay-at-Home Dad Made Me Embrace My Inner Feminist,” Bustle

Adventures in Fatherhood: Lone Wolf Joins the Pack, Kind of,” The Huffington Post

Select Critical Work

"Biblical Rebels and Romantics in The First Love Story," The Rumpus

The Poetics of Trauma and Life After Rape: A Profile of Frances Driscoll,” the Los Angeles Review of Books

On the Pleasures of Plot, and Writing a Bestseller,” LitHub

From Talking Heads to Twirling Flags: Behind the Scenes of David Byrne's Contemporary Color,” VICE

Exile in Guyville by Gina Arnold,” The Rumpus

A Masculine Instragram, No Filter: Adelle Waldman's Portrait of a Guy,” The Los Angeles Review of Books

Revenge of 'Speakerboxxx:' How Big Boi Flipped the Outkast Script,” The Atlantic.com

Television Man: David Byrne on the Couch,” The Paris Review Daily

Jonathan Lethem on the Power of Talking Heads' Fear of Music,” The Daily Beast

Quentin Tarantino Talks to Himself,” Salon

What, Exactly, Would Lynne Tillman Do?” The Brooklyn Rail

Writing about Gender

Against Silencing, Why All Writers—Even White Men—Should Discuss Gender,” The Rumpus

Boys Don't Cry,” a conversation with psychologist Ronald Levant, Guernica Magazine

"Ballad of the Barrette Boy," The Good Men Project

Personal and Family Histories

Secret Adoption, Sacrament, and Other Lies That Live in the Body,” Catapult

"Something to Lose," Sunday Salon Zine

I Told My Biological Father Goodbye—And It Made All the Difference,” Salon

"Wrestling with My Father," Longreads

Select Author Interviews & Profiles

“What Does It Mean to Be ‘Black Enough’: An Interview with Chris L. Terry,” Electric Literature

“Helen Phillips is Scared of her New Novel,” The Literary Hub

“Walking Through the Woods of Midtown with Jessica Francis Kane,” The Literary Hub

“Orange World, Elastic Space: An Interview with Karen Russell,” Poets & Writers Online

“There Were Women on Noah’s Ark: Sarah Blake’s Naamah,” Electric Literature

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #169: Saskia Vogel,” The Rumpus

The Author Looks Inward: A Conversation with Jonathan Lethem,” the Los Angeles Review of Books

“Grief is My Terrain: An Interview with Ann Hood,” Glimmer Train Stories, Issue 83 (print only)

The Millions Interview: Karen Russell,” The Millions

Karen Russell on the Persistence of the Novelist,” The Huffington Post

Helen Schulman on This Beautiful Life,” The Paris Review Daily, and later reprinted in This Beautiful Life as part of P.S.: A Readers Guide

Writing and Teaching Advice in Poets & Writers Magazine

"Classroom as Community: Creating Safe Spaces in Creative Nonfiction Workshops," written in collaboration with Erika Anderson (September/October 2016)

“How to Network Without Feeling Like a Phony,” (print only, March/April 2014)