Contributors’ Corner: Katy Gunn


Welcome to “Contributors’ Corner,” where each week we open the floor to one of our contributors to the journal. This week, we hear from Katy Gunn, whose selection from Turnspit appears in 3.1.

Katy Gunn hula hoops. Her first book, Textile School, is forthcoming from The Lit Pub in the fall of 2014, and a free chapbook is available at NAP.

Can you share a moment that has shaped you as a writer (or continues to)?

When I was a teenager, my best friend and I used to follow creeks around rural Georgia. Whenever one went under a road, we would crawl into the tunnel, where I would tell her she had better be a good fighter jet flyer and she would tell me I had better be a good writer.

What are you reading?

Right this second, Claire Donato’s Burial and Toni Morrison’s Paradise. Recently, I keep going back to Danielle Dutton’s S P R A W L, and next in my stack is Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy.

Can you tell us what prompted “from Turnspit“?

There are these podcasts, “Stuff You Missed in History Class.” I do nearly everything except writing while listening to them. And I usually want to write when I finish them. This one was “Lambert the Pretender, Irish-Crowned King.”

What’s next? What are you working on?

A kind of historical overview of characters named Hermione. Oh, right, I’m also reading Harry Potter. I mean, in general.

Take the floor. Be political. Be fanatical. Be anything. What do you want to share?

Last night, someone read from the back of a book by Gertrude Stein that she wrote it in some number of months in a house someone just let her borrow. If you have a house you are itching to just let someone borrow, I am so interested.

Read “from Turnspit” in HFR 3.1 here.

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