- 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:
How To Whistle: Stories is out now from Lethe Press. Check it out.
This week we put our five questions to Biggest Lover editor R. Jackson.
The Biggest Lover is out on February 14th from Lethe Press and Bear Bones Books. Check it out.
This week we put our five questions to Blind Justice authors K.A. Kron & Brenda L. Leffler:
This week we put our five questions to Forget Yourself author Redfern Jon Barrett.
Forget Yourself is out now from Lethe. Check it out here.
For the holiday season, here's a poem from Jeff Mann's wonderful collection Rebels.
He is sleeping in a field between
Berkeley Springs and Hancock,
he and his Rebs exhausted from
the march. After midnight a wet
finger brushes his brow, and he
murmurs awake, pulls the damp
blanket over his face and sleeps
again, corpse-still. When
he wakes in first light, he wakes
warm, too warm, tosses off
his blanket, scatters five inches of
mountain snow that sheltered him
in the night like a crystal shield of
righteousness, like a father’s arms,
and he looks about him at
the great logs of men...covered over
with snow and as quiet as graves,
rising one by one warm, amazed,
shaking off God’s wool—and oh,
how they wish they might weave
of snow durable and lasting
blankets, as snow shields tender
wheat and the earth-tamped hope
of seeds, till one breaks the mood,
The Resurrection!” and they
are up, starting small fires for
a spitted beef and hardtack breakfast.
Rebels is out now from Lethe Press. Check it out.
This week we put our five questions to For Want Of A Horse editor Evey Brett.
For Want Of A Horse is out now from Lethe Press. Check it out.
This week we put our five questions (and a sneaky extra one) to Heiresses of Russ 2015 co-editor Jean Roberta.
Heiresses of Russ 2015 is out now from Lethe Press. Check it out.
This week we put our five questions to Ice On Fire author Dan Stone.
Ice On Fire is out now from Lethe Press. Check it out. (Plus, buy it in paperback today and you'll receive a copy of The Rest Of Our Lives at no extra cost.)
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