Anne K. Yoder on Excavating Her Polyvocal Debut Novel
In Conversation with Lindsay Hunter on I'm a Writer But
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Today, Anne K. Yoder (The Enhancers) discusses her “poet’s novel”; writing a dystopian, cross-genre, fictional pharmaceutical packet; the long revision process; running the arts collective/press Meekling Press; and more!
From the episode:
Anne K. Yoder: I was really interested in thinking about Lumena Hills and the system of the town—how it operated with this pharmaceutical company that is dominating the town, and everyone works there, and all of these fantastical pharmaceuticals. There’s something about capturing the texture of a town that it seemed important to write multiple voices. I feel like it was this process of excavation.
Anne K. Yoder is the author of the novel The Enhancers, which was selected as a must-read by Wired, Vulture, Nylon, and elsewhere. Her fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in Fence, BOMB, Tin House, NY Tyrant, and MAKE, among other publications, and has been recognized in Best American Nonrequired Reading. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks and is a member of the Chicago-based publishing and arts collective, Meekling Press. She writes, lives, and occasionally dispenses pharmaceuticals in Chicago.