On the Radio with Sheila Hamilton

Stevan Allred talks about his new book in a recording booth at KINK.fm headquarters in Portland.

Stevan Allred talks about his new book in a recording booth at KINK.fm headquarters in Portland.

Last Sunday, a 30-minute interview aired on 101.9 KINK.fm with radio personality Sheila Hamilton asking Stevan Allred about his debut, A Simplified Map of the Real World. They discussed the origins of Renata, the linked short story collection form, Stevan’s characters, Tom Spanbauer’s influence as a teacher, and much more.

The interview is now available online.

Here are a few things Stevan had to say in response to Sheila’s thoughtful questions:

“Renata really is a town of my imagination.”

“The great thing about a short story is that you can finish the darn thing. It’s not like a novel where you’re going to commit for three years or more.”

“I wanted to have a certain sound, and English is such a wonderful language to write in. There’s music in it, there’s rhythm. There are all these ways to shape it and build it into something that is particular to whatever you are trying to say.”

Stevan also read pieces of three of his fifteen stories, “In the Ditch,” “What Good a Divorce Is,” and “The Painted Man.”

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