Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Floyd Skloot

Floyd Skloot is a creative nonfiction writer, poet, and novelist whose work has appeared in such distinguished magazines as The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Poetry, American Scholar, Georgia Review, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, Boulevard, Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Creative Nonfiction, and Shenandoah.

His many books include The Snow's Music: Poems (Louisiana State University Press, September 2008) and the memoir, The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life (University of Nebraska Press, September 2008).

From his Q & A with Willamette Week:

What authors made you want to pick up a pen in the first place and why?

Prose: Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, Graham Greene, Philip Roth, Walker Percy. Poetry: Robert Frost, Robert Lowell, T.S. Eliot, W.D. Snodgrass, Anne Sexton, Thomas Kinsella.

Fight Club time: If you could fight one author (or critic), who would it be and why?

Marianne Moore: one of the few writers smaller than me, and if I surprised her I might win.

Name a book that you think is highly overrated. Be honest.

The Magic Mountain.
Read the complete Q & A.

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--Marshal Zeringue