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Suzanne McConnell

Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Suzanne McConnell’s fiction has appeared in the Huffington Post, Provincetown Arts, The Saint Ann’s Review, The Water Stone Review, Bellevue Literary Review and other literary magazines. She taught writing at Hunter College for thirty years, and is the Fiction Editor for the Bellevue Literary Review. McConnell’s profile of Kurt Vonnegut at the Iowa Writers Workshop was published in The Brooklyn Rail and Writer’s Digest. Her book about Kurt Vonnegut’s advice on writing, Pity The Reader: On Writing with Style by Suzanne McConnell and Kurt Vonnegut, was recently leased by Seven Stories Press.

The Dreaming Girl

Roberta Allen’s lyrical novel, The Dreaming Girl, follows one of the richest and most common of plots: Two people meet, fall in love, and either remain together or part.

Kurt Vonnegut at the Writers’ Workshop

I was a student of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and we remained in touch from those years until his death. Vonnegut was not famous, when he taught there.

Black’s Gaslight Village

One Friday night in the spring of 1966, the first year I was at the Iowa Fiction Workshop, I was waitressing at the Steak-Out in the Jefferson Hotel, when Phil came in, a blonde, good-looking undergraduate who lived in one of the basement rooms below me where I lived at Black's Gaslight Village. Phil was carrying a huge coil of rope.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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