Interview @ 42minutes

Here I talk to William Morgan and Douglass Bolles somewhat coherently about a variety of things. Thanks dudes!


Y.N.T. @ Late Night Debut

Vanessa Veselka & Lidia Yuknavitch chose to discuss Yeah. No. Totally. for Late Night Debut, and I’m pretty much over the moon about it.

Here’s the show:

I admire Vanessa’s book Zazen very much (so do the folks at PEN:

and Lidia’s groundbreaking memoir, A Chronology of Water (so do the folks at PNBA:

They’ve been teaming up on other fronts including this great conversation on women and violence over at the Believer:

Thanks for reading!

xo — Lisa

Yeah. No. Totally. Featured @ Late Night Library

The good folks over at Late Night Library have kindly chosen to feature Yeah. No. Totally. for the month of January. I feel very lucky to join their ranks of debut authors!

Check them out here:

“Late Night Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting talented writers early in their careers. Our programs include two podcast series (Late Night Debut and Late Night Conversation), multi-genre events in Brooklyn and Portland (In and Out of Town Reading Series), a visiting writers series in Portland at Northwest Academy, a national campaign to support independent bookstores and publishers (One for the Books!), an annual prize for early-career authors (the Debut-litzer Award), and a literary journal featuring debut book reviews and interviews with early career authors (Late Night Review).”

In Conversation with Late Night Library

Today Michael Heald of Perfect Day publishing and I talk to Paul Martone of Late Night Library. We talk about the Portland reading scene, small press debuts, and avoiding each other in Nicaragua.

I talk to Propeller Quarterly

“In this issue, we asked two debut writers to speak about how they made ends meet while working on their books. Lisa Wells’ first book, Yeah. No. Totally. (Perfect Day Publishing) came out in July. Paul Constant, reviewing the book in The Stranger, said of Wells’s prose, “Listen to this lively description of nature that would make Edward Abbey light up with an ear-to-ear grin: ‘In the insect-humming noon, coarse sage exploded from the earth.’ Or this brutal passage about the aftermath of a car crash: ‘He didn’t die in the road. He was wheeled to a white room made appropriate for dying. It goes on and on like this automatically.'” Wells answered a few questions about work via email between shifts, and had a patron snap the above photo.”