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"15 Views of Orlando, Vol. 2: Corridor"

Upon release of the latest "15 Views," we ask Burrow Press publisher Ryan Rivas 15 essential questions.

Photo: Book cover by Lesley Silvia, License: N/A

Book cover by Lesley Silvia


15 VIEWS OF ORLANDO, VOL. 2: CORRIDOR edited by Nathan Holic and John Henry Fleming | Burrow Press | 256 pages
15 VIEWS OF ORLANDO BOOK RELEASE PARTY 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28 | Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd. | 407-704-6895 | burrowpress.org | free

1. Window or aisle?
Always aisle. It's free leg room. For one leg, at least.

2. Dog, cat, or other?
Dog. The more mentally unstable the better.

3. Burrow Press has given us 15 Views of Orlando, 15 Views of Tampa ... any plans to go farther afield? 15 Views of Gainesville? 15 Views of Miami?
15 Views of Miami is actually coming out in November of this year. Jaquira Díaz, the editor, has put together an amazing lineup, which includes John Dufresne, Patricia Engel, and the author of one of my favorite short-story collections, How to Leave Hialeah, Jennine Capó Crucet. Also, 15 Views of Orlando, Volume 3 comes out shortly after that, and features a high-schooler, high-school teachers, young adult novelists and other local riffraff.

4. How about moving outside Florida or even the United States altogether? Or turning inward (15 Views of My Fridge)?
I’m looking into cities outside Florida. We’ll probably do something weird for Volume 4. Maybe Orlando/Kiev: Sister Cities! Send your stupid ideas to series editor Nathan Holic. He always looks forward to receiving mail.

5. American cities Marry Boff Kill: Go.
I would marry Orlando. I’d bang San Francisco, preferably on a scuzzy couch somewhere in the Castro. I’d kill NYC. Sorry, friends; you’ve jumped the shark.

6. Aside from the 15 Views series, what projects are coming up at Burrow Press?
In 2014 we’re releasing two story collections: Songs for the Deaf, by John Henry Fleming, and Train Shots, by Vanessa Blakeslee. Both very different and very amazing collections. We have other books in the pipeline, but my attorney advises me to keep my mouth shut.

We’re also teaming up with our sister program, Page 15, to publish what will be an annual collection of high-school writing. Tentative theme for 2013: dystopias.

Also, Burrow Press Review (our online lit mag) is going to launch a monthly short story reprint series in the coming months. Also we have four creative writing workshops left in our spring series.

Also we have three more episodes of our quarterly reading series, Functionally Literate. I should say that, on a day-to-day basis, none of the above could happen without Hunter Choate, Nathan Holic, Jared Silvia and, whenever type is concerned, Tina Holmes. Holla!

7. Any new Ryan Rivas projects/stories out in the world? We enjoyed your contribution to the Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012, “South Beach.”
If accomplishing everything discussed in question No. 6 doesn’t kill me, I’ll eventually finish a collection of shorts, fables, parables and Biblical stories about Florida cities, as well as a collection of short stories about teachers. Projected pub date: sometime after the apocalypse.

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