Sam Dylan Finch
First Year, MFA, Prose
Describe your writing style in five words.
I only get five? Wait…
If you could meet any writer in person, who would it be, and why?
Maggie Nelson, so I can give her something blue. And because she’s brilliant.
What is your first writing memory?
My dad used to listen to a lot of audio books. I remember being a little kid, accompanying him to Home Depot, and listening to these tapes, talking about how you could become a handsome millionaire by pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and believing in yourself or God or whatever. So when I was young, really young, I bought a diary and started writing my own “self-help” book. I don’t remember what I said, but I do remember it felt really profound at the time.
Why do you write? Why bother?
I believe that my story is worth telling. And maybe everyone says this, but for some reason, it feels like I have to; I don’t feel like I have much choice in the matter.
If you couldn’t write, what would you be doing?
Sleeping. Definitely sleeping.
Where can we find you?
The English grad lounge, drinking just enough coffee to get me through my evening classes.
Oh, and these places: