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Author: Aram Mrjoian
Aram Mrjoian is an editor-at-large at the Chicago Review of Books and the assistant managing editor at TriQuarterly. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Millions, Kenyon Review online, Longreads, Joyland, Colorado Review, Tahoma Literary Review, The Masters Review, and many other publications. He earned his MFA in creative writing at Northwestern University and is pursuing his PhD in fiction at Florida State University. Find his work at arammrjoian.com
“I don’t even really believe in morality or philosophy. It all seems pretty random to me. I think people have had enough of writers telling them what’s good, what’s bad, how to behave, who to be, who to hate, how to save yourself, etcetera.”
In the foreword to Tula, Santiago defines the one-word title. Its etymology is complex: it can mean birdsong, music box, bellflower, tributary, a physical item or something more abstract, all depending on the language.
The catalyst for Derek Palacio’s debut novel, The Mortifications, is granted on page one: despite being impoverished, family patriarch and flagging political insurgent Uxbal Encarnación refuses to leave Cuba.