Andrew Larsen is a Junior at Arizona State University majoring in US History and English with a concentration in Creative Writing: Poetry.
Superstition Review: What do you do for SR?
Andrew Larsen: I am involved in nearly every aspect of the publication process for the Poetry section of Superstition Review. I solicit authors, read submissions, and select pieces for publication. I also am involved with interviewing poets for Superstition Review.
SR: How did you hear about or get involved with Superstition Review?
AL: I heard about this opportunity through several professors at Arizona State University.
SR: What is your favorite section of SR? Why?
AL: My favorite section of SR is probably the poetry and art section because, obviously, I find these art forms compelling.
SR: Who is your dream contributor to the journal? Talk about him/her.
AL: My dream contributor to the journal is J.D. Salinger. His candor and relevance in his short stories gave him acclaim and notoriety. For an incredible 20th century author to submit to the literary journal that I worked on would be quite an honor.
SR: What job, other than your own, would you like to try out in the journal?
AL: I’d like to try out the nonfiction section because it would be a completely new experience for me to work with nonfiction submissions.
SR: What are you most excited for in the upcoming issue?
AL: I’m excited to read the submissions of the authors.
SR: What are you currently reading?
AL: I am currently reading Henry Kissinger’s detailed history of modern international diplomacy titled Diplomacy.
SR: What are some of your favorite websites to waste time on or distract you from homework?
AL: I revert back to Daytrotter to read music reviews when I am stuck doing homework.
SR: What would be your dream class to take at ASU? What would the title be and what would it cover?
AL: I would love to take a UD course on the influences of J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series. ENG 415: Harry Potter, a Mythology would discuss the relationship between the series and the iconography, symbolism, and literary motifs that Rowling uses to create her narrative. This all sounds less nerdy in my head.
SR: What are your feelings on digital medium?
AL: I am a contemporary Luddite. In my opinion, this notion of systematic “interconnectedness” with concepts like the internet and computer chip leave us further displaced from ourselves and each other.