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Friday, January 17, 2020

Let Your Writing Surprise You

“The sense of discovery only comes when I'm making discoveries alongside the reader. It feels crucial for me to not know too much about how things will turn out. So I try to develop strong characters with recognizable desires and put them together with other characters and see what happens.” – Kevin Canty
Born in California on this date in 1953, Canty is a novelist and short story writer who makes his home in Missoula, Mont., where he also serves on the English faculty at the University of Montana.

After migrating east to do his undergraduate degree at Montana, Canty earned a master's degree in English from the University of Florida and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona while simultaneously writing and teaching.  He has been hailed as “a master at illustrating the humor, absurdity, and poignancy of life, even at its most mundane moments” in his 5 novels and 3 short story collections.  
And he also is well-known for his frequent articles and essays in magazines ranging from Esquire, Vogue to The New Yorker.

“The moment I'm interested in, the moment I'm working toward in these stories,” he said, “is when the familiar world seems strange.”

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