Ian Randall Wilson
MFA, MA, fiction writer and poet whose work has appeared in North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Boston Literary Review, among many others. Mr. Wilson’s story collection, Hunger and Other Stories, and his novella Great Things Are Coming, were published by Hollyridge Press.
“I can’t tell more than I know,” William Carlos Williams said. “I have lived, somehow, from day to day; and so I describe it, from day to day, as I have struggled to get a meaning from my failures and successes.” I write for that understanding; to figure out who I am; to create something I can order and arrange in what’s often a world of discrete and unrelated fragments. Sometimes those stories come out as realistic fiction, sometimes as postmodern narratives. Sometimes in a comic play of language. Those are the threads of literary fiction that engage me, an interest I hope to pass on to my students. I believe strongly that writers should read not just other fiction but great works in many discourses: poetry, memoir, history, philosophy, writing from cultures not your own. Give me a thousand good influences. They intensify the mind and have the best effect on your characters. In my teaching, I also use the terminology of narrative theory to develop a common language for writers. I want to offer students a means of engaging in a critical dialogue. Rather than struggle to invent terms, there’s a whole critical lexicon available to us and it’s a great way to wow your friends.
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