Steven Wingate

Location Lafayette, CO, USA
Occupation writer & teacher

About Me

I primarily write fiction, though I'm informed by other genres and am a bit of a closet poet. Sometimes I write mainstream literary fiction--such as my first book, WIFESHOPPING, which was published in 2008 by Houghton Mifflin--but I always keep coming back to what we call, for want of a better term, experimental fiction. As much as I love the reader (and that includes you, dear reader!) it's immensely liberating to forget the reader for a moment and plunge myself into the possibilities of language. It's where I learn and grow as a writer.

Why do you write?

Life and the world make complete sense, yet the human mind isn't capable of accepting the sense that life and the world make. So we use our imaginations, as well as this feeble but beautiful tool called language, to come to some terms with how it feels to be human. I really think it's that simple.

Any favorite authors? Books?

I've always been terrible at this question. The one writer who I consistently want to tell people about (and who isn't nearly as well-known as he should be) is the Nigerian author Amos Tutuola, best known for his short novel THE PALM-WINE DRINKARD. I find work that I love in many corners of the literary forest.

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Corey Zeller – Nov 14, 2008

Hi Steve.

I saw the book you're talking about in a book store once and now I really wish I would have bought it.

Hope you're doing well.

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