Interviewed by Marjorie Pagel
When the summer issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas arrived in the mail, I turned immediately to “Prizewinning Fiction.” I love short stories, and I knew that the top prize of the 2010 contest had gone to one of RedBird-RedOak’s writers, Sheila Hanrahan. By the time I finished reading her story, I knew why it was a winner: it’s one of the best short stories I’ve ever read.
Sheila’s story, “Anything That Sticks,” is written from the point of view of Carter Conway, a fifth grader on the autism spectrum. It is illustrated with a neat row of sharpened yellow pencils – Carter loves sharpened pencils. He also loves WD-40, his grandfather, the Boston Red Sox, and Faneuil Hall. All of these images come together in Sheila’s brilliant story, and I guarantee the reader will fall in love with Carter by the end.
If you can’t get your hands on a copy of the magazine (available in libraries and bookstores) you can read the story online: www.wisconsinacademy.org. Click on “Magazine,” then “First Place Fiction.”
To read Marjorie’s full interview, click here
With over 40 in the audience, RedBird-RedOak Roundtable Writers lit up the place (Fixx Coffee House, that is!) with flash fiction, humorous fiction, novel excerpts, creative nonfiction and memoir.
It was great to welcome Katy J Vopal’s Creative Writing students as well as some folks who just happened to be in the cafe and got hooked on listening to our writers. Special thanks to the other RedBird-RedOak writers who were not reading but joined us to support their comrades-in-ink. Finally, a giant THANK YOU to Fixx owner, Shari Franz, and her intrepid helper, Julia, for their hospitality.