In a gracious, honest, thoughtful interview with Liz Prato in the Los Angeles Review, Stevan Allred talks about his roots as a student at Tom Spanbauer’s table, his progression as a writer and teacher, and the publication of his debut by Forest Avenue Press.
Here’s a bit of Stevan’s teaching philosophy from the interview:
“First off, I don’t teach anything. Not really. I tell people how sentences work, or how they might work differently from the sentence in front of us, so there’s some craft there that I kind of teach. But mostly, we model. This is what a writer’s life looks like. This is a table full of writers, here. You are no longer allowed to call yourself anything else, because we will not put up with that shit. We don’t allow people to apologize before they start reading – we cut them off. Just shut up and read.”
Thanks to Liz and the folks at the Los Angeles Review for bringing this powerful interview into the world.