SR Pod/Vod Series: Writer John Messick

John Messick_headshot1.jpgToday we’re proud to feature John Messick as our ninth Authors Talk series contributor, talking about the balance of creative writing.

Creative writing – whatever the genre or style – “should offer insight to our readers on the higher-order concerns of the world.” So begins John’s podcast, and it continues its heartfelt seriousness through explorations of the idea of “story.”

Striking his own impressive balance between the personal and the profound, John examines the modern-day role of writing and offers a wealth of ideas to think about and apply to one’s writing. As he says in one of my favorite lines, “we can make the world just a little bit better for having taken the time to observe it well.”

You can listen to the podcast on our iTunes Channel.

You can read John Messick’s nonfiction piece “Burn Operation” in Superstition Review, Issue 15.


More About the Author:

John Messick’s work has appeared in Tampa Review, Rock & Sling, Cirque Journal, Alaska Dispatch News, and other publications. His essay “Discovering Terra Incognita” was awarded the AWP Intro Journals Prize in 2013. He has worked as a wildland firefighter, teacher, fish researcher, and sled dog handler. He earned his MFA from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and currently works as a freelance journalist covering Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. He lives on the Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska.

About the Authors Talk series:

For several years, we have featured audio or video of Superstition Review contributors reading their work. We’re now establishing a new series of podcasts called Authors Talk. The podcasts in this series take a broader scope and feature SR contributors discussing their own thoughts on writing, the creative process, and anything else they may want to share with listeners.

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