- Would you like to introduce yourself as a writer?
My name is Gregg Shapiro. I was born in Chicago. I received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. My poetry and prose have been published in a variety of literary journals, anthologies and textbooks. I am the author of two short story collections – How to Whistle (Lethe Press, 2016) and Lincoln Avenue (Squares and Rebels, 2014). My chapbook Fifty Degrees was selected by Ching-In Chen as co-winner of Seven Kitchens Press’ Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and will be published in May 2016. I am also the author of the chapbook GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 (Souvenir Spoon Books, 2012) and the poetry collection Protection (Gival Press, 2008). I make my living as an entertainment journalist for an array of regional LGBT publications and websites.
- Summarise your latest book from Lethe in five words!
I’ll do my five word summary of How to Whistle in three words: Universal queer fiction.
- What’s the secret to your writing? Locking yourself away and writing a disciplined word count, or waiting for inspiration to strike? (Or something else entirely, of course…)
There is no secret to my writing, although as a deadline-driven journalist, my process has definitely evolved over the years.
- If your house is on fire, what book do you rescue? (Forget about your loved ones, they can save themselves…)
I have too many favorites to choose one. As someone who once won a 108-second shopping spree at Strawberries Records in Boston, I’m capable of carrying many things in my arms.
- Finally, let’s pay it forward. Recommend one gay-lit writer we should be reading right now. (Or any writer, if you prefer.)
For me, the most enduring gay writer is Andrew Holleran. I don’t think contemporary gay lit would exist without him.
This week we put our five questions to How To Whistle author Gregg Shapiro:
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