An alphabet of answers to imaginable questions:
B. New York, Cuba, France, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka.
C. A former director of the MFA program at New College on Valencia Street in San Francisco, writer-in-residence at Bard College, and now at the UMass Amherst MFA program.
D. Sea monkeys.
E. Language indeed a virus.
F. Ms., The Village Voice, Guernica, Artweek, The International Literary Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, Terra Nova, The American Voice, New Letters, Conjunctions and elsewhere.
G. A Lannan Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, a Bard Fiction Prize for Writers Under 40, Whiting research award, a Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, a Fulbright in Sri Lanka, Fulbright in Cyprus, Northern California Book Award shortlist, and other citations.
H. Books called editorial picks by the New York Times, the L.A. Times, the Electric Review, the Litblog Coop and elsewhere.
I. Overeducated women with a past; autodidact boys, occasionally scarred, often grown into men.
L. Unterzakhn; The Map and the Territory; looking for Tanizaki.
M. Shange, Angelou, Woolf, Hardy, Faulkner, Morrison, Kundera, Paley, Baldwin, Flaubert, Rushdie, Cavafy, Lorca, Cortazar, Transtromer, Vallejo, Stendhal, Ishiguro, Coetzee, Jackson.
P. Spanish and French, German and Sinhala, Hebrew, some Catalan, Greek, Portuguese, Italian.
Q. One obsessive score for each book.
R. The stress of routine.
S. Loss of the perceiving mind.
Edie Meidav is the author of KINGDOM OF THE YOUNG, a collection of short fiction with a nonfiction coda, as well as these novels: LOLA,CALIFORNIA (FSG); CRAWL SPACE (FSG); THE FAR FIELD: A NOVEL OF CEYLON (Houghton). Her work has been recognized with the Bard Fiction Prize, the Kafka Prize for Best Novel, and year-end editors' picks, as well as support from the Fulbright Program, the Howard Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and more. She is a senior editor at the journal Conjunctions and teaches in the UMass Amherst MFA program, where she founded and advises the Radius MFA project. She has served as a judge for the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Award, the Juniper Prize, Howard, the PEN/Bingham Prize, and elsewhere.
News & Interviews
Cosmonauts Avenue: Tiny Spills with Edie Meidav
Cyprus Mail: A Writer's Fleeting Friendships (December 2017)
Vol. 1 Brooklyn: Metaphysical Stakes and Genre Divisions: An Interview With Edie Meidav (August 2017)
Cyprus Mail: Novelist Enjoys Getting Lost in Words (August 2017)
The Massachusetts Review: 10 Questions with Edie Meidav (April 2017)
Some Serious Business: Edie Meidav's 50 Questions Interview (2017)
ZYZZYVA Interview Series: Edie Meidav (April 2017)
Fiction That Matters: The Story of Social Engagement (April 2017)
How to Get Started, 1989- Podcast (April 2017)
ZYZZYVA: ‘The Dead Ones’: 2015 Best American Essays Notable, Issue No. 100 (October 2015)
WAMC Listener Essay: Grace with Children (March 2013)
Writers on Writing Audio Interview with Marrie Stone (September 2012)
The Bat Segundo Show (July 2011)
Chronogram Interview with Karen Russell and Edie Meidav (July 2011)
Writers Read: Edie Meidav (July 2011)
The Bat Segundo Show (July 2006)