The Magnolia Review Pushcart Nominations for 2018:
- Paul Lamb, “Fire Sermon,” Volume 4, Issue 1
- Anthony J. Mohr, “Crescent Drive,” Volume 4, Issue 1
- Ben Groner III, “Highways Like Frozen Rivers,” Volume 4, Issue 1
- Sarah A. Etlinger, “Two Fools,” Volume 4, Issue 2
- Henry Hitz, “Turtle Bay,” Volume 4, Issue 2
- Holly Day, “The Patch of Tulips I Never Planted,” Volume 4, Issue 2
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Creative Space: I work at home, rarely in public spaces.
Material I use: I type into a computer and edit by computer. The keyboard is my favorite utensil. But somewhere before a draft becomes final, I print it out and do an edit by hand.
Routine for writing: Saturday or Sunday morning into the early afternoon. Week nights whenever I can fit in fifteen to thirty minutes.
How long I’ve been writing: Since high school, but that was journalism. I’ve been writing personal essays for about 15 years. I first tried my hand in fiction about 12 years ago.
Who do I write for: I haven’t totally figured that out yet. Essays have been for a
baby boomer audience. Fiction is for anyone who’ll read it.
What Inspires me to write; What about writer’s block: I had writers block for years, and then around 2007, the dam broke. Now almost anything inspires me, including fires. Sometimes a good novel will inspire me to write something.
Other hobbies: hiking, horseback riding, the gym
Favorite part of creative process: revising and editing
Advice to aspiring writers: Just start writing, even if it’s nonsense. Let your characters run around on the page. Something good will emerge. Don’t be discouraged if the first twenty pages are miserable. And don’t be afraid to kill your darlings.
Check out Anthony’s work in Volume 4, Issue 1.
Anthony J. Mohr’s work has appeared in DIAGRAM, Compose, Front Porch Journal, Hippocampus Magazine, Superstition Review, Word Riot, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. His work has been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize and received honorable mention from Sequestrum’s Editor’s Reprint Award. He is an assistant editor of Fifth Wednesday Journal. Once upon a time, he was a member of the L.A. Connection, an improv theater group.