We got carried away talking to today's guest, Megan Stielstra. No, really. We could not stop asking questions. So we've decided to forgo our typical blabbing to bring you an extended interview.
Stielstra's personal essay collection, Once I Was Cool, is forthcoming in May 2014 from Curbside Splendor. Her work has been included in The Best American Essays 2013, The Rumpus, PANK, Other Voices, and elsewhere, and her story collection, Everyone Remain Calm, was a Chicago Tribune Favorite of 2011. Megan is the Literary Director at 2nd Story and teaches creative writing at Columbia College and Northwestern University. You can find her online here and here.
Megan stopped by to talk to us about searching for gas stations in Rockford, the contract between storyteller and audience, and teaching her students not to need a teacher.
In Megan's own words:
"I think that you see a lot of students roll through creative writing workshops who need the teacher and need the other students in the class in