A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions
An Interview with Steven Wingate, by Jennifer Fandel
Steven Wingate’s short fiction has appeared in Slice issues #3 (“In Translation”) and #12 (“Obsession”), including an audio excerpt in “In the Telling” featurette here. I’ll be exploring Thirty-One Octets: Incantations and Meditations (WordTech/CW Books, 2014), which is Wingate’s second collection of poetry, with this self-proclaimed genre nomad.
All of your poems in this collection are written in octets, which are eight-stanza poems. How and when did you discover that this form was right for what you wanted to say? How bound did you feel by this form?
The idea for this book started when I was reading T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. I love that Eliot takes on the big questions, like our place in the universe, and since the Quartets are full of that kind of exploration and I wanted to follow his path, I told myself “If T.S. Eliot can write four quartets, then I’ll write eighty octets.” But I didn’t have a precedent for what an octet was, and hadn’t encountered it as a form before. So I went about my daily life, listening to the voices in my head the way writers do, until the idea of using... Read more
In the Telling
#23: Erin Somers
In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Erin Somers read “Regret,” which appears in Issue 15: Hope.
Erin Somers was the recipient of the 2013 Neil Shepard Fiction Prize. Her writing has appeared in Green Mountains Review, One Teen Story, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the... Read more
Encounters in Publishing
#74: Behind the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with literary agent Erin Harris by Liz Mathews
Ask any two literary agents how they spend their day, and you’ll get wildly different answers. But even if they go about their work differently, they’re all rooting for the same outcome: to discover incredible new writers in their submissions. We spoke with Erin Harris, literary agent at Folio Literary Management, about how she approaches the imperfect art of finding... Read more
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