John Bartlett

Josephine Rowe

Josephine Rowe

By on Mar 10, 2013 in Interviews | 3 comments

Josephine Rowe is a Melbourne-based writer with whom I caught up in March at a cafe in Seddon.
Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction have been published widely in Australia, and a little in the United States. Recent writing appears in Meanjin, Best Australian Poems, Best Australian Stories, The Iowa Review, The Griffith Review, Dumbo Feather, Smith Journal, The Big Issue, and the forthcoming issue of Harvard Review.

We talked mostly about her latest collection of short fiction Tarcutta Wake and short fiction in general.”






  1. A thoroughly interesting interview. I enjoyed very much your probing questions, questions by a writer to a writer. The reading, an excellent choice, gave such a beautiful rounding out of the interview and indicated the power of Josephine’s writing. I am encouraged to read more of her work.


    March 12, 2013

  2. Hi John,
    Thanks for this interview. I don’t know how you do it with so much noise to break your and Josephine’s attention span.

    Lorraine Lee

    March 11, 2013

  3. Thank you for this John.

    I recommend both How a moth becomes a boat and Tarcutta Wake. These very short stories are exquisite and poetic. She captures the smallest moments and her use of language is on the very edge of what we can rationally perceive. In the telling of her stories, she invites us to participate.


    Yvonne Adami

    March 11, 2013

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