Podcast: Gerardo Sámano Córdova on “Iceberg, Mine”

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Transcript: Gerardo Sámano Córdova Podcast

Gerardo Sámano Córdova speaks to managing editor Emily Everett about his story “Iceberg, Mine,” which appears in The Common’s fall 2022 issue. Gerardo talks about combining the real and the surreal in this story, and using both to show the power of a brief moment of connection. He also discusses the risks and rewards of writing about the fantastical, the process of finding balance through revision, and his debut novel Monstrilio, which is out now from Zando. The novel is about a boy who transforms into a monster, a monster who tries to be a man, and the people who love him in every form he takes.

Gerardo Sámano Córdova's headshot (man sitting on the floor in brown pants and striped shirt), plus The Common's issue 24 cover (buttons on white background).

Gerardo Sámano Córdova is a writer and artist from Mexico City. His first novel, Monstrilio, is out from Zando. Gerardo holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in Catapult, The Common, Ninth Letter, Passages North, Chicago Quarterly Review, and others. He’s also been known to draw little creatures.


­­Read “Iceberg, Mine” in The Common at thecommononline.org/iceberg-mine/.


Read more from Gerardo at gerardosamanocordova.com, follow him on Twitter @samanito, and explore his artwork on Instagram at @samanito.



The Common is a print and online literary magazine publishing stories, essays, and poems that deepen our collective sense of place. On our podcast and in our pages, The Common features established and emerging writers from around the world. Read more and subscribe to the magazine at thecommononline.org, and follow us on Twitter @CommonMag.


Emily Everett is managing editor of the magazine and host of the podcast. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Putnam Books. Her stories appear in the Kenyon Review, Electric Literature, Tin House Online, and Mississippi Review. She is a 2022 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow.

Podcast: Gerardo Sámano Córdova on “Iceberg, Mine”

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