Category: Fiction

Back to Basics

October 16, 2019  |  Fiction, MFA, Writing

I was seven, I think. I had lined up several dolls at the end of my bed and was attempting to show them how to do long subtraction. They were an unruly class, constantly pushing each other down, never remembering to raise their hands. Usually, when my back was turned to the board the class […]

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Gifting

November 9, 2016  |  Fiction, MFA, Writing

    With fall break on the horizon and my first semester of graduate school readying itself to be tucked in I can’t help but do that looking-back-thing and wonder if I’ve best used these past weeks. If I’ve stretched myself enough, leaned in and learned from my initial discomforts, been a thorough and generous […]

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Derek Askey Interviews Peter Stenson

Derek Askey: When we first talked about Fiend <http://www.amazon.com/Fiend-A-Novel-Peter-Stenson/dp/0770436315> , before it even had that title, you said you watched all of Breaking Bad <http://www.amctv.com/shows/breaking-bad> , then all of The Walking Dead <http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead> , and then wrote this book in a month. That sounds a little too tidy, even for you. In short, I don’t […]

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On Desire

November 6, 2013  |  Alumni, Faculty, Fiction, Writing

I’m going to make two claims in this post. Neither one of these claims is exactly new, but these are both things that I didn’t know when I was starting off as a fiction writer, and that have both proved incredibly useful to me. These are also both claims that, although I heard them before […]

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Writing as an Act of Empathy

September 25, 2013  |  Fiction, Uncategorized, Writing

  Reading fiction has given me strong feelings and opinions about things I’ve never actually experienced. My ideas of how it felt to wear a corset in the 1800s, of how WWII affected Japanese workers, of what it’s like to have a cheating spouse, are all things I learned, and felt deeply, because of reading […]

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Living Social

September 11, 2013  |  Community, Fiction, Fort Collins, MFA, Uncategorized, Writing

The best thing about being in a writing program is being around other people who understand the writing condition. I think Leslee Becker told me that once, or something like it. And it’s true, I think, that coming to Fort Collins for graduate school has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to be comfortable with the […]

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AWP Happenings: I'm Already Exhausted and Exhilarated

AWP 2013 is upon us, and we’ve all got big plans.  Check out what the CSU folks will be up to: FACULTY: Dan Beachy-Quick:  Friday, March 8: 2:00: Ahsahta Book Signing;  3:30: The Arcadia Project Panel w/ Jennifer Moxley, Josh Corey, Jonathan Skinner, and Brenda Ijima; The Arcadia Project: Writing the Postmodern Pastoral; Location: Room 109, […]

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