Evolution

Here's something I mentioned in one of my classes today... Just a theory I'm working on. I'd argue that throughout any given literary movement (or, more generally, artistic movement), there's an ongoing debate of many, many voices, each representing a slightly different approach to defining and realizing the ideals of that movement. The debate isn't…Read more Evolution

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Trying to Make Sense of the World: An Interview with Charles Holdefer

In the latest installment of my podcast, I interview Charles Holdefer, author of Back in the Game, The Contractor, Nice, and Apology for Big Rod. An American author, Charles lives in Belgium and teaches in France at the University of Poitiers. I caught up with him recently when he was invited to teach a week-long creative…Read more Trying to Make Sense of the World: An Interview with Charles Holdefer

Make Things Happen: Writing Tips from an Eight-Year-Old

In the latest episode of my podcast, a misunderstanding leads me to interview an award-winning eight-year-old author and her younger sister. Later, their father reveals how his own childhood trauma has informed their creativity. The younger sister then rounds things off by explaining how to make pot holders. The episode ends with a musical remix…Read more Make Things Happen: Writing Tips from an Eight-Year-Old

Inexplicable Need

In the latest installment of my podcast, "Inexplicable Need: An Interview with Shaun Haurin," I get into a heated discussion with a former student about how to address a former professor and also about the title of one of my favorite short story collections. I then interview Shaun Haurin, the author of the collection, and…Read more Inexplicable Need

“That’s a Junkie”

Here's another passage I cut because of the reference to Charley's students and also because it had more to do with my own life than Charley's. With subsequent revisions, I got increasingly better at inventing a life for Charley and separating my life from his. In terms of story, these cuts allow the narrative to…Read more “That’s a Junkie”

He Walked the Halls

Technically, Buddy should have flunked out by the end of his first semester, but the constant stream of cash flowing from his family was enough to make everyone look the other way whenever he set fire to the chemistry lab or ran naked through the gymnasium because the other guys stole his gym shorts.