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ABOUT the author
Kevin Maloney is the author of The Red-Headed Pilgrim (Two Dollar Radio, 2023), Cult of Loretta (Lazy Fascist, 2015), and the story collection Horse Girl Fever (CLASH Books, 2024). At times a TJ Maxx associate, grocery clerk, outdoor school instructor, organic farmer, electrician, high school English teacher, and teddy bear salesman, he currently works as a web developer and writer. His short stories have appeared in Hobart, Barrelhouse, Green Mountains Review, and a number of other journals and anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Aubrey.
Find out more here: kevinmaloney.net
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The Red-Headed Pilgrim
"The Red-Headed Pilgrim is a revelation that achieves starry dynamo-level energy from the jump. Maloney's prose is sharp and vivid, full of trippy precision, and his story is funny, wild, painful and wise. When the road of On the Road runs into shattered middle age, this book is waiting for you."
—Sam Lipsyte, author of Hark and The Ask
"Writer Kevin Maloney discusses the importance of play, the meaning of life, and finding family within the arts..."
—Shy Watson, The Creative Independent
INTERVIEW: "Writer Kevin Maloney on when to set rules" | 8/18/2023
Write or Die Magazine: an interview with Kevin Maloney | 2/13/2023
For Write or Die Magazine, Shelby Hinte spoke with Kevin Maloney about wanderlust, parenthood, day jobs, how Twitter made him a better editor, how he’s carved out a life that allows time for art, and more!
"Influences" Series at Library of America: Kevin Maloney | 2/13/2023
Author Kevin Maloney shares five works that set The Red-Headed Pilgrim on its path.
Matter News interview with Kevin Maloney | 2/1/2023
Andy Downing, for Matter News, spoke with both Kevin Maloney, author of the new novel The Red-Headed Pilgrim, and its publisher, Eric Obenauf, ahead of the author's Columbus, Ohio, reading event. Topics of discussion include Maloney's process of writing, how the book came to be published by Two Dollar Radio, and so much more!
I'm a Writer But Podcast: Kevin Maloney interview | 1/31/2023
In conversation with hosts Alex Higley and Lindsay Hunter on I'm a Writer But, Kevin Maloney, author of The Red-Headed Pilgrim talks about fictionalizing his own life, writing about sex, writing a book that was “like On the Road combined with Napoleon Dynamite,” working with Two Dollar Radio, and more!
Orange County Register interview with Kevin Maloney | 1/24/2023
For the Orange County Register, Michael Schaub spoke with Kevin Maloney about the origin of his new novel The Red-Headed Pilgrim, the risks of auto-fiction, the books that have shaped him, integrating humor and heartbreak, and more!
Bookin' Podcast | 1/23/2023
"This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Kevin Maloney, author of The Red-Headed Pilgrim, which is published by our friends at Two Dollar Radio. Topics of conversation include the line between fact and fiction, the fear of routine in adulthood, virginity and sex, Howl, Robotussin-induced spirit journeys, Pearl Jam vs. Sufjan Stevens, wanderlust, and much more."
The Lives of Writers Podcast interviews Kevin Maloney | 1/26/2023
Michael Wheaton talks with Kevin Maloney about "getting married to the same person a few times, working as a web developer for about fifteen years, looking to dead writers for a way to live, interest in Eastern philosophy and the doomed quest to jump to wisdom, writing with a true voice and sense of humor, The Red-Headed Pilgrim, learning from plotless work to write a book with a plot, the comic giving way to sadness, writing a really good middle, blending the autobiographical and the fictional, seeking the maybe impossible path to spiritual being, and more."
Words & Sports Interview with Kevin Maloney | 1/18/2023
T.L. States, for Words & Sports, Interviews The Red-Headed Pilgrim author Kevin Maloney: "We corresponded over Twitter DMs last summer, in July and August, so you'll catch glimpses of things that were still to come, but have now passed us by. Kevin is a deeply personal writer, and a thoughtful conversationalist. We get into a little Denis Johnson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, living in a state of awe and appreciation, and crying. And other things. Many other things."
Largehearted Boy: Kevin Maloney's playlist for The Red-Headed Pilgrim | 1/26/2023
David Gutowski, of Largehearted Boy, spoke with author Kevin Maloney and shares Kevin's Book Notes music playlist for his novel The Red-Headed Pilgrim.
Lit Hub: '5 Writers, 7 Questions, No Wrong Answers' | 1/10/2023
Teddy Wayne interviews Kevin Maloney—author of The Red-Headed Pilgrim—along with Kashana Cauley, Nyani Nkrumah, Jason Roeder, and Daniel Torday for Lit Hub. Topics of discussion include influences, the complications of the term “autofiction,” alternative careers to writing, and more!
Q+A with Kevin Maloney about The Red-Headed Pilgrim | 5/19/2022
We speak with Kevin Maloney about the writing of his forthcoming auto-fiction, The Red-Headed Pilgrim, comic timing and authors he loves, being a young father, travel and wanderlust, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more!
Vol. 1 Brooklyn: Currents Interview Series, Episode 45: Kevin Maloney | 6/17/2021
Read author Kevin Maloney's current favorites and plans in Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis. Topics include Frisbee golfers, Chad VanGaalen, ladybugs, Panama, greenhouses, hot tubs, and more!
Vol. 1 Brooklyn interview with Kevin Maloney | 6/15/2015
Tobias Carroll spoke with author Kevin Maloney upon the release of his book Cult of Loretta. Topics include the origin, inspiration, and process of writing the book, the Portland music scene of the late 90s, and more!
Hobart interview with author Kevin Maloney | 7/10/2015
Pat Siebel spoke with author Kevin Maloney upon the release of his book Cult of Loretta. Topics include drugs, Portland, Oregon, as a character, making an ugly world beautiful, Elliott Smith, and so much more!
ELEVEN interview with Portland writer Kevin Maloney | 11/15/2015
Scott McHale spoke with author Kevin Maloney upon the release of his book Cult of Loretta. Topics include the crafting of the book's character, Loretta, being in a band in the ’90s in Portland, the book's philosophical themes, and more!