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Interview with Aaron Gwyn

I’ve been reading Aaron Gwyn’s short story collection, Dog on the Cross, and I think comparisons to Flannery O’ Conner are fair. He’s one of  those enviable writers who makes you think that you can write after reading him, because he’s able to evoke such complex themes in as few words as possible. Even though the language is sparse, the characters and settings are haunting and idiosyncratic.

Here is an interview with him on the Emerging Writers Forum
Aaron Gwyn will be teaching at the 2008 NC Writers’ Summer Residency and there are still some spaces left to be in a workshop with him.

Virginia Freedman
Administrative Director


  1. mckennal wrote:

    I’ve read _Dog on the Cross_ and, I don’t think the comparison to Flannery O’Conner is either helpful or apropos. What’s the similarity beyond subject matter and theme? They are very different writers and need to be understood in their own right. But comparisons between writers are like babies: they’re inevitable even though some people would be definitely better for having not made them.

    Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Permalink
  2. edsouthern wrote:

    To be fair to Virginia, she was merely commenting on a comparison made on the book’s jacket, not making the comparison herself. Subject matter and theme, though, are pretty good building blocks for a worthwhile comparison. Comparisons between writers can be useful, but are too often carried too far: “New Writer X is like a cross between Established Author Y and Established Author Z.” Those sorts of comparisons are just symptoms of laziness.

    Friday, June 5, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Permalink
  3. Author comparisons on book jackets can be lazy, especially with Southern writers. The Southern Gothic label, the “Southern grotesque” label is slapped on book jackets a lot.

    Great! Someone is reading the blog.

    Friday, June 5, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

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