We continue our video series featuring three Astoria to Zion authors with Shawn Vestal, author of Godforsaken Idaho, a collection of short stories. Last week, we heard from Rebecca Makkai and the origin of her story: bog mummies! In this video, Shawn Vestal discusses place and risk in his writing, as well as what it means to write about his Mormon upbringing and family. Check out his story “Winter Elders” in Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade.
Come back next week when we hear from Cary Holladay about “knowing your turf.”
And don’t forget to join us for our AWP mingle this year with the Common, Archipelago Books, New Directions, New York Review of Books, and Ecotone!