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E.A. Luetkemeyer

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MR LUETKEMEYER’S short fiction has appeared in Sou'wester, Opium Magazine, Del Sol Review, Commonthought, Perversion Magazine, The Ilanot Review, and in the anthology Stories That Must Be Told. He is the author of the memoir The Book of Chuck: A Memorial Compilation of Poetry and Prose. He was awarded an MFA in Creative writing from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, in 2015. He has been a martial artist, a long distance runner, an outlaw, a fugitive, a husband and father, and sometimes a fool. In the eighties, he spent four years in a state penitentiary for possession of marijuana, an experience he embraces and which informs much of his work and his world view. He lives and writes between the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern Oregon and ...more

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E.A. Luetkemeyer It is not a problem these days. I have amassed a vast repository of material upon which to draw. My approach to a story long or short is that I am…moreIt is not a problem these days. I have amassed a vast repository of material upon which to draw. My approach to a story long or short is that I am prompted by a meaningful moment or a significant passage in my life and the explication of its meaning becomes my destination. Getting there I’m free to wander. I banish my censor and open the gates and whatever flows through me goes on the page. My first draft is right-brained and spontaneous and produces a throbbing mass. Afterward, the left-brain takes over and slices and dices and rearranges the parts. At the end of a writing session I stop when I know what I want to have happen next so I can resume the following day. And if I do get stuck, I might have a conversation with my character. I might say: Joe, help me out here! What would you like to do next?(less)
E.A. Luetkemeyer There is no one best thing. There are many great and wonderful things. I see writing as an exercise in telepathy that transcends time and space.…moreThere is no one best thing. There are many great and wonderful things. I see writing as an exercise in telepathy that transcends time and space. Images and ideas and emotions are delivered to my conscious mind from a subconscious repository of all ideas and images and emotions which I then arrange into a story and render in symbols on the page. Some time and place later—perhaps tomorrow across town, or maybe thousands of miles and hundreds of years later when I am dead and gone—some anonymous reader will scan the symbols and the story will emerge in his conscious mind just as I had conjured it in mine. It is a mystical and mind-blowing process which I am thrilled to participate in. Also, my life is the material for my stories and if I don’t tell them no one will. (less)
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