Sarah Stevenson is in her senior year at Arizona State University majoring in Creative Writing. She is currently writing and illustrating a children’s book for her Honor’s Thesis Project. This is Sarah’s first semester at the Superstition Review.
1. What is your position with Superstition Review and what are your responsibilities?
I am the Fiction Editor at Superstition Review and my responsibilities are to solicit work from 20 authors, read and vote on submissions, send acceptance/rejection emails and post bios and head shots for those authors we accept.
2. Why did you decide to get involved with Superstition Review?
I wished to gain some experience outside of a classroom, and Superstition Review seemed a perfect fit.
3. Besides interning for Superstition Review, how do you spend your time?
During the school year my life is pretty much consumed with school and work (at Starbucks), but I try and make time to read and paint and spend time with my friends and family.
4. What other position(s) for Superstition Review would you like to try out?
I would have liked to try the position of Art Editor, if only because my love of art is right up there with my love of fiction.
5. Describe one of your favorite literary works.
I am particularly in love with The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne because it raises some fascinating questions on morality and community and the foundations of this country. I could write paper after paper on that book and not get bored.
6. What are you currently reading?
These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner. It is another favorite of mine – partially because it takes place in Arizona around the 1880s but mostly because the main character is perhaps one of the most spirited, entertaining, and realistic characters I have ever read. It is part adventure, part history, part romance, and no matter how many times I read it, it still gets me every time.
7. Creatively, what are you currently working on?
At the moment I am working on my Honor’s Thesis Creative Project, which is to write and illustrate a children’s book. It is proving to be a great deal more work than the traditional Honor’s Thesis, but I figure if nothing else it is a wonderful diversion from the normal literary analysis, and an excuse to paint frequently.
8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Honestly, I have no idea. At the moment I can see my life branching out in so many different directions that the future remains quite a mystery to me. All I can do is hope that in 10 years I am happy, and that I have no regrets about which branch I chose to follow.