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Lilliam Rivera & Mark Haber on The Air/Light Podcast Ep12

We are thrilled and delighted to have Lilliam Rivera and Mark Haber join us. Lilliam’s story, “The Undercurrent,” was published in Issue 1 of Air/Light and Mark’s story “Tegucigalpa” published in Issue 3.

Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning author of children’s books, including the young adult novel Never Look Back (Bloomsbury). Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Elle. A Bronx, New York native, she now lives in Los Angeles. Lilliam’s latest book, We Light Up the Sky, was published on October 26 to critical acclaim.

Mark Haber’s collection of stories, Deathbed Conversions, was translated into Spanish in a bilingual edition as Melville’s Beard by Editorial Argonáutica. His debut novel, Reinhardt’s Garden (Coffee House Press), was longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His second novel, Saint Sebastian’s Abyss, will also be published by Coffee House Press in May 2022. He is the operations manager and a bookseller at Brazos Bookstore in Houston, Texas.

In this wide ranging conversation, I talked to Lilliam and Mark about how they create characters, horror and genre fiction, literary influences, sacrifices to Slender Man, and, of course, books.

Aaron Winslow is the managing editor of Air/Light. He also writes video games, fiction, poetry, and criticism. He is the writer of "Star Renegades," a tactical roguelite JRPG created by Massive Damage and published by Raw Fury that was nominated for a 2021 Canadian Game Award and 2021 Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Best Game Award. Other recent writing — including fiction, critical reviews, essays, and humor — has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Los Angeles Review of Books, Social Text, Smallwork, James Joyce Quarterly, Full Stop, Harriet: the Poetry Foundation Blog, and more. 

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