Back again with another interview for you. Today it’s with author/editor/publisher, Richard Krawiec.
Richard Krawiec has published two novels, a story collection, three books of poems, and four plays. He has an original novel coming out in French in 2016. His work has been short-listed for Best American Stories, featured in Publishers Weekly Recommended list, and reviewed in the New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere. His stories and poems appear in dozens of literary magazines. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NC Arts Council (twice), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He teaches Fiction Writing—Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced—online for UNC Chapel Hill, for which he won their Excellence in Teaching Award. His plays have been produced across the U.S. and Canada .He is founder of Jacar Press (www.jacarpress.com), a Community Active publishing company. He has worked extensively with people in homeless shelters, women’s shelters, prisons, literacy classes, and community sites, teaching writing.
His workshop topic will be: Reading Fiction Aloud
(Reading fiction is an art—part acting, part comic timing, part pacing, and organization.)
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Now, let’s begin our interview with Richard Krawiec:
Question: How did your writing career begin?
I began by writing an imitation of a Hardy Boys book when I was in 7th grade I think. I loved reading and wanted to be able to write comething that made me feel as good as reading made me feel.
Question: Which piece of your writing best encompasses who you are?
That’s impossible to judge. Everything I write contains some element of me, and lots of elements that aren’t. My latest poetry book, Women Who Loved me Despite has a lot of deep personal revealing information. Probalby the closest fictional correlate might be my novel At the Mercy, which will actually debut in France next year.
Question: What have you read that most changed or moved you?
Early on Dickens really moved me. Ray Carver and Ann Beattie for short story writers. Toni Morrison. Richard Price’s novels are stunning. In poetry I was awed by Denis Johnson, Nick Flynn, Carolyn Forche, Sharon Olds, and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Question: What do you consider your greatest asset/accomplishment? Weakness/failure?
Doggedness, persistence unwillingness to quite. Like all writers I always question if my writing is good enough.
Question: Describe a world without literature.
Question: What is it you like to see in a well written novel?
Complex characters engaged in situations that exist in the world, and not on TV or in the movies.
Question: What makes you put it down?
Falseness, or sloppy writing. If it’s clear the writer published too quickly, without taking the time to polish her/his work I don’t want to be bothered.
Question: As a writing coach, what is the advice you most give to writers?
Make a schedule of your life and discover where you can best fit in at least 1 hour per day.
Question: As an editor and publisher, what kinds of writing are you interested in?
All kinds as an editor, because I have to work with whatever writing project people bring to me. This is true for ghost writing too. As a publisher, we focus exclusively on poetry. Poetry that connects on an intellectual and emotional level, and shows clear signs the writer has studied her/his craft.
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