A question for Kathryn Yelinek

Q: Do you live near where you were born? Have you traveled much?

A: I live about 2.5 hours from where I was born. This is close enough to visit family on a somewhat regular basis and to make it into New York City when I want (a necessity since I adore Broadway musicals). As to if I’ve traveled much… How do you define “much”? I’ve traveled to South America and to Europe several times. The farthest south I’ve been is Venezuela. The farthest east I’ve been is Poland. The farthest west is California (although I was very young then and don’t remember much). The farthest north I’ve gone is Pond Inlet, on the northern tip of Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada. That trip was devoted to seeing narwhals, the unicorns of the sea. It’s still one of my peak life experiences.


Kathryn Yelinek’s story “Hearts and Roses” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 25 November 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

A question for Allison Epstein

Q: Do you use critique groups or other resources to polish your writing?

A: I swear by critique groups—my writing output would probably decrease by half without them. When you’re writing by yourself, it’s easy to get discouraged and think no one’s ever going to read your work-in-progress. But when you know your critique group is going to read it, plus it has to be ready in three days, it’s serious motivation to get off Twitter and back to work. I belong to a stellar writing group in my neighborhood, where writers of various backgrounds and genres meet up weekly to talk craft, navigate plot holes, and drink too much wine. I’m also notorious for running story ideas past friends with no invitation whatsoever. My friends are used to getting phone calls that open with “Hi, so, question: octopus-people. Yea / nay?” I have very patient friends.


Allison Epstein’s story “Pandemonium” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 November 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Kathryn Yelinek

Kathryn Yelinek works as a librarian in Pennsylvania. In addition to the required hobbies of reading and writing, she enjoys bird watching, star-gazing, gardening, and going to see Broadway musicals. She shares her home with two parakeets, who she is actively striving to make into the most spoiled birds in the Western Hemisphere. They don’t seem to mind

www.kathrynyelinek.com


Kathryn Yelinek’s story “Hearts and Roses” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 25 November 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

It came from Meryl Stenhouse

Meryl Stenhouse’s story “Gathering Dust” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 April 2016. The beginning of this story came from a prompt from a writing course I did with Cat Rambo. The prompt was a picture of an old woman feeding the pigeons. In my head, the protagonist was a middle-aged man, recently divorced, just lost his job etc. He was watching the old woman as she picked up the pigeons, sprinkled them with …