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Shawn Frazier, Interview & Writing Sample

ICL: From being part of the program and participating in workshops and the Visiting Writers series, what do you think are the most important things you have learned about your own writing?  How has your writing changed? 

Shawn Frazier

I learned how to improve my writing and what I would avoid doing in my work.

ICL: What is your favorite quote or line from a book?  
"The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike," Ralph Ellison.

ICL: What have you read most recently that inspired you?  

Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino

ICL: Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.  

I'm a chess fanatic. I love playing the game.

ICL: If your life had a theme song right now, what would it be?

"The Pan Piper" by Miles Davis

 

Writing Sample

"Suite One: Hoodoo in the Forest"

The sun stopped shining in a certain place in the woods. There was a time trees were barren and cold. In August, it once snowed. And deer, undeterred, roamed its grounds searching for food from a certain tree I was hung. I know this tree well. It grows bright red apples in the winter.