Eric Wasserman

Fiction | The University of Akron
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Contact

Phone | (330) 972-6256
Email | ew22@uakron.edu
Website | www.ericwasserman.com

Recent Publications

BOOKS

Celluloid Strangers: a Novel. Cut Above Books, Second Wind Publishing, October 26, 2011.
The Temporary Life: Stories. La Questa Press, March 15, 2005.

CHAPBOOKS

Reunion (English/Dutch bilingual edition). Aldus Boek Compagnie. Andantestraat 33, 1312 TR Almere, The Netherlands. Translated by Jan Wynsen. January 2017, 28 pages English / 32 pages Dutch.
Brothers. Cervená Barva Press. Somerville, MA. September 20, 2008. Winner of the 2007 Cervená Barva Press Fiction Chapbook Prize.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

The Festival.” Slippery Elm, July 2017, Short Story.
Space Brothers.” I Am Gen Space. Ed. Anna Leahy and Douglas R. Dechow, April 5, 2017, Essay.
You’ll Find It Off Market Street.” The Akron Anthology. Belt Publishing. Ed. Jason Segedy, September 2016. Featured by Vince Grzegorek of Cleveland, OH Scene Magazine in its publication’s “Best Writing From and About Northeast Ohio From 2016” list, Essay.
“Trampled Under Foot.” Insomnia & Obsession Magazine 1.3, Summer 2015, Short Story.
Girl of Song.” Slippery Elm, Spring 2015, Short Story.

About Eric

Eric Wasserman is the author of a collection of short stories, The Temporary Life, and a novel, Celluloid Strangers. His stories have recently been featured in Confrontation, Great Lakes Review, Journal of Experimental Fiction, and Soundings East. His literary interviews have appeared repeatedly in Glimmer Train. He is an Associate Professor of English at The University of Akron where he teaches literature, fiction writing, and film studies and oversees advancing his department’s minor in Popular Literature and Film.

Where did you grow up?

Portland, Oregon.

What is one of your favorite places in Akron?

Highland Square.

Your best advice for a young writer?

• Write what you personally want to read, then go from there.
• Forget the “Write what you know” thing. Instead, “Write what you know about and are still trying to understand.”
• Expressing yourself is more important than being published.

What was the best reading you’ve ever been to? Why?

Salman Rushdie because of his honesty, even when I found myself in disagreement.

What’s the highest number of revisions you’ve done on a single piece of your writing?

I live for revision. It’s my greatest joy. I can’t count the number of revised drafts of anything because I lose track.

What’s your secret talent?

Gift wrapping.

How has technology helped or hindered your writing practice?

It’s a delicate balance. It makes certain things such as doing searches for continuity items more convenient. But I still edit everything by hand on a printed manuscript. That part of the process never changes.

What is your AWP advice to a first-time attendee?

Before going to AWP, you might want to first attend a nice local or regional writing conference or festival. That way you’ll have a little experience.

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