Laird Hunt & Oliver Rohe
The Vacant Lot (Excerpt)

Laird Hunt interviews Oliver Rohe



Laird Hunt is the author of a book of short stories, mock parables and histories, The Paris Stories (2000), from Smokeproof Press, and three novels, The Impossibly (2001), Indiana, Indiana (2003) and The Exquisite (2006) all from Coffee House Press. His writings and translations have appeared in the United States and abroad in, among other places, McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Bomb, Grand Street, Fence, Conjunctions, Brick, Mentor, Inculte, and Zoum Zoum. Currently on faculty in the University of Denver's Creative Writing Program, he has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. He and his wife, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, live in Boulder, Colorado with their daughter, Eva Grace.

Oliver Rohe was born in 1972 of a German father and an Armenian mother from Lebanon. His many years abroad have left him with a certain taste for exile. As a student in Paris, he touches on a variety of disciplines (Law, Modern Languages, International Studies) before choosing to be a journalist. In 2001-2002, he is the chief editor of the book section of the magazine Chronic’Art, where he meets Jerôme Schmidt, Maxime Berrée, and Benoît Maurer, the layout designer of the gang. Together, they bring together various publishing houses, Editions imho, è®e, and of course Inculte, in order to create the eponymous bimonthly journal Inculte in September 2004. This ambitious journal with its provocative title favors reflection over creation – even though it includes the fictions of Rick Moody and Emmanuel Adely – and re-discovers Kathy Acker, Blanchot and Bataille. At the same time, Oliver Rohe starts a career as a writer: he has just published with Allia two dense novellas, Défaut d'origine (2003) and Terrain vague (2005), forms of soliloquies that might have met the approval of his favorite writers, Franz Kafka and Thomas Bernhard. Definitely a must-read author!