Q&A with Jason Hill

1. If you were reviewing your own work, how would you describe its style or point of view?

Resisting the temptation to indulge in harsh self-criticism, the kindest I can be is to say my work wants to examine ideas of what can inspire stories and how those stories have to behave in form or structure. The work wants to come at the origins of telling in different ways, especially ones that merge language and artifact, and swerve the discussion. The point of view is somewhere outside the circle and is hopeful, mostly in that it presumes it isn’t alone.

2. Who are some of your favorite contemporary authors?

I always answer Pynchon to this question. Beyond that, I really dug both Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane and Kyle Minor’s Praying Drunk, as well as Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be? I can always read Dennis Johnson or Margaret Atwood, and keep wondering when we’ll get another Donald Antrim novel.

3. If you were told you couldn't write anymore, what job would you pursue and why?

If I couldn’t write, I’d probably drink a lot more. Which maybe means I’d own a bar.

4. When you think of Austin, what comes to mind?

Now it’s The Austin Review. Before it was SXSW, Austin City Limits, the university, and my friend Kelly.

5. Answer the question you wish we had asked.

I love music and I wish I had even a little musical talent.

About Jason Hill

Jason Hill studied creative writing in the MFA program at Spalding University. He holds a BA in English from the University of Kentucky and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut. He has lived in Providence, Boston, Jersey City, and Louisville. His current whereabouts are unknown.