Conium Press author Matt Tompkins recently wrote a brief essay for Fiction Southeast‘s “Why I Write” column. He discusses an early love of books, and how books were always there for him as a child; Matt notes that “books never mocked, never judged, never shrugged, never slurred, always answered.” He goes on to discuss his later evolution from reader to writer, exploring creative text as “a way to process, reflect, and integrate my own experience.” Read the full essay here.
Thomas Dodson’s essay “From the Library to Las Vegas: the Role of Research in the Writing Process” was recently published in The Tishman Review, and is available online.
Thomas was a contributor to The Conium Review: Vol. 2, No. 2 with his story “Evidence of Harm.” His short stories have also appeared in CONSEQUENCE Magazine, Chicago Quarterly Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and elsewhere. He is the editor and designer for Printer’s Devil Review, and he is the executive editor of the Best Indie Lit New England series.