Michael Volkers is a junior studying English Literature.
Superstition Review: What is your position with Superstition Review and what are your responsibilities?
Michael Volkers: I am the Content Coordinator and my responsibilities primarily lie in keeping tabs of the content to be published on the magazine.
SR: How did you hear about Superstition Review and what made you decide to get involved?
MV: I heard about SR through the English department’s e-mail distribution, which I acted upon, and here I am!
SR: What are you hoping to take away from your Superstition Review experience?
MV: I hope my experience with SR will create a foothold into a possible career in publishing. I also hope it will improve my writing by learning the processes behind literary publishing.
SR: Describe one of your favorite literary or artistic works.
MV: Oh, now that is a difficult one. I have so many favorites, but lately I was introduced to Salvador Plascencia’s People of Paper, which is a brilliant piece of work. For those who have not read it, it is a very postmodern novel that involves a great battle between the novel’s characters and the author himself over the commodification of sadness. I highly recommend it.
SR: What are you currently reading?
MV: I am currently reading The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism for school and Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five for fun.
SR: What other position(s) for Superstition Review would you like to try out?
MV: I would like to try out being a Fiction Editor. I think it would be a great experience.
SR: Do you prefer reading literary magazines online or in print?
MV: I am torn on that one. I prefer to hold published material in my hands, but the convenience of the internet is great. Lately I have been reading both.
SR: Do you write or create art? What are you currently working on?
MV: I write fiction in my spare time. I have a several pieces of short fiction I need to polish and a novel in the works. My friends are prodding me to write a screenplay as well.
SR: Besides interning for Superstition Review, how do you spend your time?
MV: Most of my time outside of SR is devoted to homework, my day job at a law office, and spending time with family and friends.
SR: What is your favorite mode of relaxation?
MV: For relaxation I like to pick up a horror novel or troll the internet.