Thank-you to Third Coast Review for a prolific 2019

Year-end shout-out post dedicated to local Chicago arts publication, Third Coast Reviewfor supporting the Chicago arts community, and trusting me as a new contributor this year.

In January 2019, a friend referred me to literary editor Dan Kelly, and soon after I was pitching interviews with Chicago authors (or authors who write about Chicago). It became an excellent excuse to get coffee and talk nerdy with Chicago’s literary finest, including Brahm Stoker nominee Julia Fine, Hugo Finalist Alec Nevala-Lee, and accidentally-infamous TJ Martinson, not to mention my personal Chicago literary hero Gint Aras (interview forthcoming). Each author left me agape with more quoteable quotes than I could fit on a page, and each was exceptionally gracious and generous with their time and wisdom. Many thanks and happy writing to each of them in 2020.

This past fall I also began contributing book reviews as well, which you can check out here and here.

Writing about the city, and chatting with writers who share this cityscape has transformed the way I look at both my home and my work. Check out the Best of 2019 as curated by Dan Kelly here. 

I’m currently open to book review and interview requests. If you are a Chicago writer and interested in a review / interview for an upcoming release–or just for fun–please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email terry dot galvan dot writer at gmail dot com, or Twitter @TerryGalvanChi.





Julia Fine on feminist philosophy, writing community, and fairy tales

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The talented and charismatic Julia Fine was kind enough to spend an afternoon with me discussing her debut What Should Be Wild. Julia’s an erudite champion of the Chicago literary community, and her novel entwines a profound femme coming-of-age story with wild magic. I’ll be following Julia’s career closely  as she blazes into genre-bending and empowering feminist philosophy.

Check out the transcript of our conversation here  and pick up What Should Be Wild at your favorite local bookstore or public library.

Interview: T.J. Martinson talks Chicago

T.J. Martinson, a PhD candidate at University of Indiana Bloomington, just released his debut novel The Reign of the Kingfisher (Flatiron Books) this spring, and was kind enough to interview with me at Third Coast.

Don’t let the PhD fool you–T.J.’s a lively, unpretentious Midwesterner. We discussed everything from Chicago’s “Gotham City” reputation to the problems the literary fiction/genre fiction divide presents to not just the literary community, but our culture at large.


Catch T.J. at Volumes Bookcafe this Saturday, May 4, in conversation with Michael Moreci.

Read the full interview at Third Coast Review. Many thanks to my transcriptionist Grace Hall and to T.J.

Know any Chicago-based or Chicago-themed writers who’d like to feature an interview in Third Coast Review? Contact me at terry dot galvan dot writer at gmail dot com.


Interview: Hugo-finalist Alec Nevala-Lee

I had the privilege of interviewing Chicago-area author Alec Nevala-Lee about his group biography Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction , just as he was named a 2019 Hugo finalist for Best Related Work.

Alec and I met at November 2018’s Deep Dish SFF reading series at Volumes Bookcafe . We got into a lively conversation over ramen with Speculative Literature Foundation founder and Deep Dish host Mary Anne Mohanraj about the nuances of nerd culture, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to continue the conversation after reading his work.

Read the full interview at Third Coast Review.  Many thanks to my professional, freakishly-on-time transcriptionist Grace Hall for saving me from premature arthritis, and best of luck to Alec at the Hugo’s, and on his next biography project.

Know any Chicago-based or Chicago-themed writers who’d like to feature an interview in Third Coast Review? Contact me at terry dot galvan dot writer at gmail dot com.



Deep Dish @ Volumes Bookcafe

Deep Dish is Volumes Bookcafe Sci-Fi & Fantasy quarterly reading series. Join us:

Thursday October 11, 2018


1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Laura Young
Gordon Dymowski
Terry Galvan
Emily Capettini
with hosts Mary Anne Mohanraj and Chris Bauer

Grab a glass of wine or a coffee and settle in for an evening of quality stories.