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Bonus Episode: Matthew Vollmer

A special mid-week bonus episode for you, Book Fight fans. Tom recently traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia, for a conference at Virginia Tech, where he sat down with Matthew Vollmer, author of Inscriptions for Headstones and Future Missionaries of America. His most recent book is Gateway to Paradise, a story collection from Persea Books.


Tom talks to Matthew about what it’s like when your publisher goes bankrupt, how to balance teaching and writing, and what he’s reading these days. He also reminds Matthew of a workshop letter he wrote to him, back in grad school, that ended up having a pretty big effect on his work.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, or visit us in the iTunes store, or wherever you get your podcasts, to catch up on back episodes and subscribe (for free!) so you never miss another installment. We’ll be back on Monday with another full-length episode.


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