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Samuel Ligon

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Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He's co-editor, with Kate Lebo, of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze. His stories have appeared in The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, The New England Review, Post Road, Okey-Panky, Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. His essays appear in the Inlander. He’s the editor of Willow Springs and the artistic director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. He teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane.

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Samuel Ligon Marcia, I'm so sorry it took me 8 months to answer this question! And sorry, too, that I don't have a very good answer. I like Southern stories, too,…moreMarcia, I'm so sorry it took me 8 months to answer this question! And sorry, too, that I don't have a very good answer. I like Southern stories, too, and Southern writers like Faulkner and O'Connor and Welty and Larry Brown and Donna Tartt. I guess, as you indicate, I do try to cut every word that doesn't matter. One of my teachers was Amy Hempel, and I think I learned it from her. Thanks for reading Wonderland!
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Samuel Ligon
Hi, Joe.

I love O'Connor's stories, but her novels
aren't as interesting to me. I like Wise
Blood, but I just don't think it compares
to the stories.

Cheers,

Sam


Joseph Hi,Sam.
You have a great reading list.I was fortunate to have lunch with Anthony Abbott,legendary,semi-retired Professor of English at Davidson College, as well as much published author of books of poetry and novels(See Leaving Maggie Hope etc.)He noted that O'Connor ,who I debated doing my Master's thesis on, was among the very finest of American short story writers and one all writers should study.I even liked her novels, though not as much as her short stories.
For what it's worth,
Joe


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