A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Coe Douglas in person in Orlando — it was just after the Functionally Literate reading, an event of A-list proportions in which I was honored to read with the much-lauded Terry Godbey and David James Poissant. Somehow, in the midst of the crowd buzzing over the new Bookmark It book cart and despite the long book-signing queue, I managed to have a memorable and quick exchange with Coe, who’d come all the way from Jacksonville for the reading. We connected over our shared enthusiasm for the low-res MFA model, and he offered to continue our conversation over Facebook chat for the Tampa Review Online — the first such interview I’ve ever taken part in. What ensued was a lively, deeper exchange on writing that I’m happy to share with you here. Coe aptly titled our dialogue,  “Saying Yes to Small Things” ~ I couldn’t agree more!

http://tampareviewonline.org/blog/saying-yes-to-small-things-an-interview-with-vanessa-blakeslee/

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