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Influences 4: Shya Scanlon


Here is the fourth response to my influences post. The respondent is my friend Shya Scanlon. Read “The Fish” on Spork.


1) Pick one of the pieces you chose and describe the thing about it that seems particularly innovative about it.

2) Tell me what changed about your writing because of that innovation.

Answers after the jump: READ MORE >

Author Spotlight / 1 Comment
April 23rd, 2009 / 1:48 pm

Shya Scanlon and elimae want you!


From the elimae announcements page:

Shya Scanlon is organizing a marathon reading of elimae contributors in NYC. Each reader will perform one or two short pieces, totaling no more than 3 minutes. If you live in the area and would like to participate, contact him at shya(dot)scanlon (at)gmail(dot)com.

Shya, a buddy of mine and a buddy to literature, is a nearly absolute good. Elimae is an absolute good. Be a part of this.

Do it.


“No bios, no introductions, just a continual series of readers reading really brief pieces. It’s going to be like streaming elimae content, live and in the flesh.”


Unrelated announcement:

I would like to revive the long-suppressed* Giant Blind Items feature. This is the definition of a “blind item.”

You can send blind items to giantblinditems at gmail dot com.

* suppressed by me because I think it is a really, really bad idea.

Author News / 6 Comments
April 10th, 2009 / 6:22 pm

Shya Scanlon Gets Crunk for Absurdismisms

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Longtime wildman Shya Scanlon, who’s been creeping in the postgrad corridors of Brown, just released a chapbook through the Literary Review. Free for download and titled POOLSAID, the book is a series of short prose poem surrealist-ish snippets that bring to mind Ben Marcus or some other semi-absurdist deconstructive freaking.

Either way, it’s a quick and fun read, with sentences like: “Her tin pigs coo and crow as mother window-sits, though standing, and scalds a fingertip and frowns, kitchen faucet cocked.”

Good blather mashed with odd visuals, yes.

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September 26th, 2008 / 11:48 am