I am the editor of Monkeybicycle (http://www.monkeybicycle.net), a small literary journal and Web site that has been around for almost seven years. I am also the art director at Dzanc Books, an incredible nonprofit publishing company out of Michigan.
I think I just like the idea of creating things and bringing them into the world. I guess my projects are kind of like babies in that sense. But every time I see some kind of art--be it a short story, a painting, a song, whatever--I am inspired by knowledge that it didn't always exist and that someone had to work hard to make it live. I want to work as hard as I can to give life to as many new things as possible.
There are a lot of them, for sure. I'd say a few of the big ones are Dave Eggers, Kurt Vonnegut, Herman Hesse, Rumi, Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Yukio Mishima, Aimee Bender, Peter Markus, Matt Bell, Laura van den Berg, Chip Kidd (as both designer and author), David Foster Wallace, Shya Scanlon, Denis Johnson, and the list goes on.
Thanks for the MonkeyBicycle group invite -- just found it.
Hey Steven, thanks for the welcome. I'm very excited to be here, part of this community.
I'm loving the latest issue of Monkeybicycle & looking forward to reviewing it soon!
I read Chip Kidd's Book One all the time. He's such an amazing book designer.
Hi, Steven. Have fun here!
Ditto would Darryl said. Love love love Eggers and Bender, and Denis Johnson (Jesus' Son.) Welcome. This is a wonderful writing and reading community.
Wow!Love this list of favorite authors. Thanks for mentioning Chip Kidd and David Foster Wallace. Really miss David a lot.