After Everything Has Changed Forever: Justin Lawrence Daugherty

My friend Justin Lawrence Daugherty, talking about his hard-driving, visceral little chapbook from Passenger Side Books (a small press that is, balls to bone, entirely my friend Ryan Werner).

Read some. Buy some. Tell them all I said hi.


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Justin Lawrence Daugherty lives in Atlanta, GA, and runs Sundog Lit. His chapbook, Whatever Don’t Drown Will Always Rise, is out at Passenger Side Books.


BookTalk: You recently released a collection of ten stories called Whatever Don’t Drown Will Always Rise, from Passenger Side Books. What holds the collection together? Are there any ideas you continually jab at, or explore?

Justin Lawrence Daugherty: I think one of the things that drives the stories in this collection is an interest in catastrophe. Each of the stories involve someone on the verge of collapse. I talked in another interview with Eddy Rathke that I’m interested in the falling apart of peoples’ lives, the moments after everything has changed forever, when people are just on the edge of disintegration. I talked with an essayist friend recently and said that I’d been writing down desolation for a while. I think…

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Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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