Jessica Anne and Long Day Press on Making Sex with My Family
In Conversation with Lindsay Hunter on I'm a Writer But
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Today, Jessica Anne (Sex with My Family) and Joshua Bohnsack of Long Day Press talk about collaborating on this short, vicious, beautiful book; cows; maintaining rawness in the work; Jessica’s theater background informing her writing; endings; Long Day’s forthcoming manual on muskrat removal (!); and more.
From the episode:
Jessica Anne: “I had a crush on Long Day Press—I love their books, and I saw that they were reading. And I thought, ‘I think the fertility chapter of [my longer manuscript] Finite Jest stands alone, and I’m going to call it Sex with My Family and see what they think.’ So I sent Josh these fertility sections, and they liked it.”
Joshua Bohnsack: “We’re pretty hands-on. This is maybe one of the first times that I thought, ‘Let’s utilize the space of what a book can be. This is a short manuscript, so we can fill it up with whatever we want,’ and that includes pictures of Jess’s ovaries.”
Jessica Anne is Neo-Futurist, Lit & Luz artistic associate, author of A Manual for Nothing, and Visiting Lecturer at Roosevelt University.
Long Day Press is a Chicago-based novella and chapbook publisher. Since 2015, they have published boundary-pushing work with an emphasis on emerging Midwestern writers.