What is the title of your class?
People should take this class if…
they are interested in how short stories can work together to create a larger landscape—one that I argue can be even more expansive than a novel.
Are any of your works online and available to the public?
“Chewbacca and Clyde” is my most recently published story through Vol 1 Brooklyn’s Sunday Short Stories series.
If you’d like to read about cats and love, check out my conversation with Peter Trachtenberg.
What’s your teaching philosophy?
I believe that the exploration of craft can be a process of empowerment and healing for the writer, and that the alternative classroom space (the arts organization, the living room, the community center) is the ideal home for writers to step towards collective pursuits. My goal is to facilitate an ecosystem where writers can explore stories bravely and in comradeship. We approach one another’s work as readers, which is the greatest lover a writer can ever have, and we approach our own work as craftspeople.
Faulkner said to “kill your darlings.” Can you remember a specific darling you’ve killed and why? (Refrain from admitting to actual homicide in your Classy Talk Survey.)
Oh man, see, I have this novel, and I used to say that I was married to it and that all the stories I wrote were my wild and loose lovers. But then I realized that I really dug my stories too and marriage was just the worst analogy, so it’s not like I killed my novel—this project that I put all my measure of success on, no pressure—but I’ve let it rest in favor of the more wild pursuits (stories and essays) that may bring a more circuitous path to success but speak more directly to my heart (and hopefully yours).
What’s your favorite implement to write with? Why?
My mom is an incredible typist and so out of some Freudian competition I learned how to type wildly fast by like, 10 years old. I think for the youth of tomorrow who come out of womb making apps this is not impressive, but this is all to say that typing is the only way that I can keep up with the thoughts in my head, and so I prefer typing on a computer so I can see my thoughts in real time.
What are you working on right now? What’s the hardest thing about it?
I just completed a collection of thematically linked stories, but now I just keep writing linked stories from the previous collection. I guess space needs to create a new writing relationship, but until then I’m trapped in a vortex of my own creation!