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"A Story about Two Prisoners"
The Birth of Trigonometry in the Bones of Olduvai
This prose poem chapbook, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in October, 2013, brings together fifteen years of occasional work in the prose poem form—one I have always loved, and that has kept me in touch with the essence of writing even more than fiction has. (You can see a couple of samples, from a special issue of Mississippi Review on the prose poem, here). This is what a couple of authors I admire have said about the book.
“Steven Wingate’s poems read like screams from fallen angels disgusted to find themselves mucking around on the muddy, hopeless earth. His dark multiplicity of images creates the chilling, fantastical and otherworldly spirit of a Hieronymus Bosch painting filtered through a 21st century intellect. “When the last of those teachers has perished we will be swept from this earth and deposited at the farthest extremities of the universe, useless even to ourselves and unfit for any cause save destruction.” Wingate writes like that last teacher howling lessons into the “farthest extremities of the universe,” while the dark winds wipe the slate clean.”
—Peter Conners, author of Growing Up Dead and Of Whiskey and Winter
“Wingate’s is the voice of a 21st Century Jeremiah, fist raised against our corrupt milieu, heckling the multitudes who sustain it. But to say only this is to flatten the nuance that flares in the voice of this supplicant seeker. The strength of his critique resides in his candor about himself. An archetypal everyman, he points out the money lenders’ contradictions and his own, poking the darkness around us and calling out the truth: both devils and winged angels have come bearing this same message.”
—Marilyn Krysl, author of Swear the Burning Vow> and Dinner with Osama
The Birth of Trigonometry in the Bones of Olduvai is available now at Finishing Line Press. Hope you'll read and enjoy!
A Mariner Original from Houghton Mifflin (2008)
Winner of the Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize in Fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
Thirteen short stories about American men in various stages of the search for love. Some find it, some walk past it, some let it slip away.
"Brilliantly rendered and achingly true and full of the yearning for connection to the Other that defines our humanity. This is a splendid debut by an important new voice in American fiction."
Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
"What makes these studies in discovery and disillusionment so startling and affecting is the energy of Steven Wingate's language, and the agency of his characters . . . . The stories in Wifeshopping expand with subsequent readings; they do not end on the page, but continue in a reader's mind."
Amy Hempel, author of The Dog of the Marriage and Tumble Home (from the foreword)
"Wingate is a fine storyteller and a writer capable of exciting flights of language.... It makes me hope we'll see more books from him."
Steve Almond, Los Angeles Times
Essays and Criticism
I write periodically on the craft of fiction and the writing life, often for the web journal Fiction Writers Review. I've also written reviews for American Book Review, Rain Taxi, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. You can click on the "Quick Links" session at right and visit the Blog page for samples of my essays on the web.
Hybrid Genre Prose
I believe in experimentation: finding new ways to connect to my material and new ways to express that connection. My hybrid genre prose--non-narrative screenplays, prose poems, lists of all kinds, and form-driven projects--have appeared in such journals as Witness, Mississippi Review, Sonora Review, Pank, and the Fiction Collective 2 anthology Degenerative Prose: Writing Beyond Category. Two examples are at left.