If you’re a genre writer (or, hell, even a literary writer), there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard the name Nick Mamatas. Besides having published a score shitload of short stories, he’s the author of the novels Move Under Ground, Sensation, Damned Highway: Fear and Loathing in Arkham (with Brian Keene), Bullettime, and Under My Roof, as well as the nonfiction Starve Better: Surviving the Endless Horror of the Writing Life and Insults Every Man Should Know. In addition he edits The Big Click, an online crime magazine, and works for Haikasoru when he’s not also teaching. Oh, and he blogs quite frequently. He’s also quite active on Facebook and Twitter. Okay, let’s see, am I forgetting anything else???

Nick took time out of his busy schedule to talk with me about his recent trip to AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) and the different panels he attended and, among other things, we discussed the ongoing conflict between literary and genre. Enjoy.

In Which Nick Mamatas And I Discuss AWP And Literary vs. Genre