Rikki Ducornet is a transdisciplinary artist, whose work is animated by an interest in nature, Eros, Abusive Authority, subversion, and the transcendent capacities of the Creative Imagination. A writer and painter, she is the author of many books, including The Fountains of Neptune, The Jade Cabinet, Phosphor in Dreamland, The Fan-Maker’s Inquisition, Gazelle, Netsuke, Brightfellow, The One Marvelous Thing, and The Deep Zoo.
Among the many things we talk about are her books, writing, art, literature, reading, books, libraries, creativity, science, politics, artificial intelligence, Adrienne Mayor’s Gods and Robots, Octavio Paz’s Sunstone, Julio Cortázar, Roberto Calasso’s Ka, fairy tales, Surrealism, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Paul Éluard, Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space, Ornette Coleman, Jean Cocteau, Bugs Bunny, and much more.
John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.