Posts Tagged "Amanda Stopa"

Behind the Words: Michael Sarnowski

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The aspect of “New Religion” that I am most enamored with is Michael Sarnowski’s ability to describe something without naming or placing it explicitly. My curiosity as a fellow writer left me craving answers about the poem’s intentions. Sarnowksi’s craft for layering dimensions so thoughtfully and in such a provoking tone makes for a worthwhile read; and interview.     Amanda: Were you raised in a religious home? How does that affect your work? Michael: Religion was a part of my upbringing, yes, and although I distanced myself from the church and any affiliation as a teenager, it has remained fertile ground for content in my writing. Generally...

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Behind the Words: Amanda Stopa

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The first time I read Amanda Stopa’s “Jeff” in our submissions manager, I was immediately stopped. Jeff, the main character in a flash fiction piece, felt alive. It wasn’t a character sketch or a well-developed character in a story. Jeff jumped through my screen and showed me his world. Amanda has the power to capture the reader’s attention immediately. Her words draw you in and turn you around until your balance is off, but you don’t want to stop spinning. I recently caught up with her to talk about craft and the writing life.   Erin: “Jeff,” coming in at under 700 words, is a flash fiction piece following a twisted...

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