Author: skopel

Interview: Ian Hancock

Interview with Ian Hancock Interviewer: Jessica Reidy Dr. Ian Hancock received his PhD from London University and teaches Romani Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, where he is the Director of the Romani Archives and Documentation Center (RADOC). Born in Britain, Hancock descends on his father’s side from Hungarian Romungre Romanies and on his mother’s side from English Romanichal…

Review: Rise

Stories by L. Annette Binder, Sarabande Books Reviewed by Matt Dauphin Obsession, pain, and longing. These are the elements that indelibly mark L. Annette Binder’s short story collection, Rise. Though it is billed as reworked fairy tales whose characters exist “at the fringes of everyday life,” Rise doesn’t really enter the realm of fairy tale. Actually, approaching the book from…

Michelle Morouse

October 2013 Writing Regimen Contest Winner At the end of every month-long writing regimen, participants are invited to submit up to three of their best regimen-inspired pieces for a chance at publication in SER Online. After sifting through the many excellent submissions from this October’s run, we managed to select just one piece to display. We are proud to announce that Michelle…

W. Todd Kaneko’s Craft Talk: “The Things You Do–Character Codes of Conduct in Fiction”

The Things You Do–Character Codes of Conduct in Fiction” by W. Todd Kaneko An audience needs to be able to understand and sympathize with the characters they meet in stories. As such, characters often adhere to a code of conduct so readers can better understand who they are supposed to root for and why. Consider those medieval knights and the…

Sarah Vap’s Craft Talk: “The Perfect Beginning: A Notebook and Daydreaming and Strange Things Together”

The Perfect Beginning: A Notebook and Daydreaming and Strange Things Together by Sarah Vap Maybe the most important part of writing for me has been learning to trust the part of myself that wants to put strange things together. I have two little sons now, and all the toys and games they have seem to want to teach them to categorize things…

Review: A River So Long

A River So Long by Vallie Lynn Watson review by Micah Dean Hicks Veronica, the protagonist of Watson’s A River So Long, lives in a world of hotels. Her job takes her to Phoenix, Indianapolis, New Orleans, all over the country. Friends and lovers come and go, but Veronica ends up alone, standing in front of a window high over the city,…

Review: The World Without You

A novel by Josh Henkin, The World Without You, Vintage Reviewed by Adam Blackman The World Without You by Josh Henkin, newly released in paperback, tells the story of a family splintered by the loss of a loved one in Iraq. It is a novel primarily focused on family.  Fourth of July sits in the backdrop as the Frankel family…