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Samuel Snoek-Brown

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Samuel Snoek-Brown is the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them (Blue Cactus Press, 2018) as well as the fiction chapbooks Where There Is Ruin (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016) and Box Cutters (sunnyoutside press, 2013), and the novel Hagridden (Columbus Press, 2014), for which he received a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship. His most recent book is the nonfiction chapbook There Are No False Alarms (Blue Cactus Press, 2020), an account of an active-shooter lockdown at a Pacific Northwest community college.

When he's not teaching college or writing fiction, he works for Jersey Devil Press. Occasionally he'll also show up online at snoekbrown.com. He lives with his librarian wife and their cat Brontë in the Pacific North
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Samuel Snoek-Brown Be patient. With the market, with the writing, with yourself. I've often felt in an awful hurry to tell my stories and get my work out there in front …moreBe patient. With the market, with the writing, with yourself. I've often felt in an awful hurry to tell my stories and get my work out there in front of readers, so I understand the urgency we so often feel as writers. But it takes time to write the kinds of truths we want to call literature. Settle into the work and trust the writing to reveal itself to you -- trust yourself to write it. (less)
Samuel Snoek-Brown I observe. It's rarely an intentional thing, but you have to start with the intention so you can train yourself to know when you've just seen or heard…moreI observe. It's rarely an intentional thing, but you have to start with the intention so you can train yourself to know when you've just seen or heard something that wants to become a story. So I watch the world and take inspiration from all sorts of moments: a scene in a movie, a lyric in a song, a conversation in a coffeehouse, a walk in the woods, a lost toy in the dirt at the playground, a sudden memory from my childhood.

I also love writing exercises, and when I'm trying to write in those workaday writing hours when I just need to get words on the page, whether I'm inspired or not, I'll turn to writing exercises. My favorites are the ones that rely on randomness and force me to switch my brain off and just ride along wherever the words lead me.(less)
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Box Cutters

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The Big Bad Book Launch (and other recent events)

My new book, the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, has technically been out for a couple of weeks now, and we’ve had a series of “soft launch” events in that time, but this past week, we held our official launch party here in Tacoma! So, what follows is a series … More The Big Bad Book Launch (and other recent events) Read more of this blog post »
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“I offer you your life, friend, and recommend you take it.”
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“Bullets is worth more than food, the girl said, and we can’t eat gunstock.”
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“I guess I’m just sad is all.

You and me alike, but sad don’t get the dishes done.”
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“Dawn crept up out of the trees, defining a bole, a burl, a leaf at a time the world he'd spent the night trying to comprehend. But what would daylight offer except the illusion of understanding? At least in darkness you were spared the pretending.”
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“The seat belt irked his father more than Uncle Colin's not eating meat, because, though his father never said it, Larry knew he considered seat belts cowardly.”
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