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Have You Met Kim Lozano?

Have You Met Kim Lozano?

We’re fortunate at STLWW to have wonderful instructors who are not only great teachers of their art, but also active members of the St. Louis literary community. Recently, we interviewed our instructors for the spring session, beginning with Kim Lozano. If you haven’t met her or been lucky enough to have her as your workshop leader, you’ll be glad to learn more about her (and maybe even be inspired to nab one of only a couple of seats left in this session’s The Art of Writing Flash Nonfiction, which begins Tuesday, March 28). Check out her official bio here, too.

When did you start writing? What genre(s) do you write and why?

I started writing in my thirties. I know that many writers were working on poems and stories as children, but there are some of us that needed a bit more time to find our art. It really is never too late to start. I’m an omnivorous reader and writer. I love the emotional journey of the long narrative and the compression and efficiency of poetry and flash. As a writer I haven’t been able to settle on one thing.

What surprises you about writing? What’s the hardest part?

What surprises me is how embarrassed I often am of my drafts. It’s usually because I haven’t yet gotten to the truth and I know it. I’m trying to pass something off to myself as true that isn’t. Getting at the truth. That’s the hardest part.

What work are you most proud of and why?

When I was a kid, my aunt lived in this converted country church and I wrote a poem that was inspired by the bathroom in that house. A woman who had read my poem in a literary journal called to tell me that she loved the poem and it reminded her of a place from her own childhood and she had hung my poem by her desk. That moment of connection with a reader, over that poem, is one of my best moments as a writer. Proud? Comes close.

What are you working on now?

A fragmented flash nonfiction piece about the violent history of Kansas, beer, thought experiments, trains, spanking, and idioms.

If you could give only one piece of advice to new writers, what would it be?

Invest abundantly in revision.